08 March 2011


After recommendations from locals to visit this restaurant, a few friends and I headed to Dadan to eat and drink whilst listening to a traditional shamisen performance. There are usually two perfomances per night at 7pm and 9pm, but unfortunately due to a player's absence on the evening of our visit, the latter was cancelled. 
The interior of the restaurant is rustic and homely, with floor seating arranged around a small wooden stage and bar seating readily available. We ordered kimchi nabe, a Korean soup served in a large pot full of vegetables and seafood, perfect to share after coming in from the cold. Although not entirely authentic, it was undeniably delicious. Our second dish was the traditional Tsugaru speciality Kaiyaki Miso - seafood in an egg sauce with spring onions - and was much more in keeping with the feel of the restaurant and by far the highlight of the meal; highly recommended.
Dadan is a great local izakaya serving great local food, with the added bonus of authentic traditional Japanese music.
Definitely warrants another visit.

The Skinny: A traditional restaurant with a modern spin that serves great local food
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 14.00, 17.30 - 22.00
Shamisen Performance Times: 19:00 & 21:00
Website: http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~dadan/ (Japanese)


  1. Kaiyaki-miso! It's my great favorite!

  2. Dadan is fantastic!! It's an excellent place to take visitors :) They also have an English menu available! The music is such a great addition to the delicious food! They have an amazing eggplant/tofu dish!