Fish & Bird is no ordinary izakaya. It’s situated on the ground floor of an art deco building in downtown Berkeley and serves a wide range of dishes that are influenced by California, France, and other regions. You can order a bunch of small plates–think grilled saba, panko-crusted fried oysters, and sashimi over rice–but there’s also an assortment of A5 wagyu cuts you can grill right at your table for $75 per person. The best thing here, though, is the green bean fritters that are super light and even better once dipped in the curry sansho salt.

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