“Otoshi is an appetizing small dish served as soon as a customer sits down in a Japanese bar or Izakaya(tavern) “at night(Quote from weblio).
Many overseas visitors must drop in Izakaya . You would get happy if you choose good Izakaya. Nice food, comfortable atmosphere, reasonable price! Some Izakaya specialize in fish, others do in Yakitori(Bite-size pieces of chicken grilled on a skewer). Walking in the busy city such as Shinjuku, we are at loss in which Izakaya to have dinner sometimes. There are too many Izakaya in Shinjuku.
In Izakaya, a waiter/ess automatically serve you an hors d’oeuvre at first and you have to pay for it later, even though you did not order it. It is a fixed dish. You might get upset if you did not know this system.
It is better to consider Otoshi as a kind of table charge in Izakaya or bar. Though we usually cannot skip it, most of stand-up Izakaya and bars do not take any table charge. You might change the menu to the other appetizer in case that you would not like a fixed one. So, please check it.
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