) are essentially Japanese restaurant/pubs where people drink sake and beer after work. It is a vital venue for socializing, in these health-concious time, an increasingly influential culinary force. Unlike other styles of eating, food items are usually served family style. The kitchen will serve the food when it’s ready rather than in formal courses. Typically a beer is ordered when sitting down before perusing the menu. Delicately flavored dished such as edamame or salad are ordered first, followed with progressively more robust flavors such as yakitori or kara-age, finishing the meal with a rice or ramen to fill up, kampai!!