Five of us had dinner at an izakaya in Shimokitazawa, a college town / hipster neighborhood in Setagaya. It was crowded at some parts of the area, but not at the street the izakaya was located on.
Shirubee allows smoking inside, so we opted to sit outside for fresher air. There were no seats available inside, and it was crowded and noisy inside anyways. Shoes are also taken off when entering inside the restaurant.
Each table has a small whiteboard, dry erase marker, and flashlight. Orders are written down on the whiteboard, then the flashlight was used to signal to the chefs/waiters inside. Even though we were given a Japanese-English menu, and our waiter understood some English, my sister wrote our orders in Japanese for less miscommunication.
And now for our food photo dump! ;D
Dishes were served at a slow pace; we would have at most two dishes on our table at any time. One of the waiters was extremely friendly and upbeat, and did a quick chat with us in English. Overall, we had a fun (and delicious) izakaya experience!