Yakitori 焼き鳥 (grilled skewered chicken) is a must-try in terms of Japanese cuisine. Usually served in small restaurants, you order many different types of skewers that you can share with your friends. In a convivial setting, sharing a few laughs with your neighbours, and having a few beers, yakitori is really a fun experience.
Who doesn't like yakitori, especially when its cheap! Here are five restaurants in Tokyo that are well-known for their great quality yet that won't cost you over ¥4,000 for an evening dinner with drinks.
Connoisseurs of yakitori agree that Edomasa is the real deal for an outstanding yakitori experience in Tokyo. The restaurant of long-standing serves succulent yakitori at a reasonable price too.
Masakichi is a Michelin-recognized yakitori restaurant in Tokyo that was featured in an episode of the Netflix show 'Ugly Delicious,' in which the host David Chang was brought to tears upon tasting the yakitori. If you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, here are the details:
The incredible yakitori that David Chang ate on an episode of the Netflix show 'Ugly Delicious' was at a restaurant called 'Masakichi.' However, the chef has since opened a new restaurant in a different part of Tokyo called 'Yakitori Kodama,' and that's the place to go if you want to try the chicken that made David Chang cry.
Ichimatsu is the newest of just 3 yakitori restaurants in Osaka to earn a Michelin star. It's a small (12 seats) restaurant that's become difficult to reserve due to its popularity and incredibly delicious Hinai Chicken yakitori. If you're looking for the best yakitori in Osaka, Ichimatsu just might be it.
Toriki is one of just a handful of yakitori restaurants in Tokyo to have earned a Michelin Star, quite a feat for a place specializing in cuisine as seemingly simple as grilled chicken skewers. Yakitori is typically consumed as a cheap accompaniment to drinks at an izakaya, but here it's taken to the next level.
This guide includes the many popular types of kushiyaki (mainly yakitori) found in Japan and some other basic information about this popular type of Japanese cuisine.