Izakaya celebrates a year of authentic sushi and Japanese-inspired cocktails

As Izakaya heads towards its first birthday co-owner Harry Marquart talks about the city’s booming food and drink sector, plus a new school meal project and his vision for the future

Izakaya sushi
Izakaya sushi

With its perfectly crafted sushi and excellent range of Japanese-inspired cocktails, Izakaya  is building up a great reputation on its bustling Castle Street site. It was opened in January 2016 by three friends – Harry Marquart, Kurt Wilson and Gabriella Rose King

The trio share a passion for Japanese food and culture. 

Harry explains: “Izakaya is a place that I would like to go to after a hard week and just relax with some decent food and have a few drinks

“We want to open more but it’s imperative that we see a full year of trading before we look to expand.”

Harry Marquart Izakaya
Harry Marquart Izakaya

Harry is a big fan of the Liverpool food and drink scene. “I am so proud to be part of it,” he says. “There are some brilliant restaurants popping up and it’s becoming more cosmopolitan by the day.”

Harry is also working on a school meal initiative, giving children fresh meat from local butchers, free range eggs and locally sourced seasonal vegetables.

“The ultimate goal of the business is to try and solve one of the largest obesity problems we have ever faced,” he explains. “Food education is the only way to do that and there is very little happening to overcome it.

“Looking back opening a city centre restaurant, launching the school dinners project and, completing my first property development was very satisfying. At the time I didn’t feel satisfied, in fact on the latter, I think that was the closest I will ever come to having a breakdown but I feel stronger than ever coming out of the other side!”

 Izakaya, 6 Castle St, Liverpool L2 0NB, www.izakaya-sushi.co.uk.


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