Updated： August 28, 2018
Tsukada Nojo Izakaya In Japan: For The Best Chicken Dishes
The free-range chicken used is so fresh that they even serve it in sashimi! Tsukada Nojo is definitely one of the best cheap izakayas that serves quality foods.
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Tsukada Nojo 塚田農場
Tsukada Nojo is a traditional-style izakaya specializing in chicken dishes. It is often praised for having a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and excellent food for the price.
The chain operates its own farms where they raise free-range chicken, so you can't go wrong if you order any dish that is made of chicken or eggs. Generally speaking, the quality of all the ingredients is good. In fact, the meaning of "nojo" in their name is farm, to underline the fact that a lot of their ingredients come directly from farms to ensure freshness. This commitment to quality is what has made the chain a success throughout Japan. If you're looking for a good-quality izakaya that is still pretty cheap, Tsukada Nojo is hard to beat.
This is one of their signature dish, the "munemi tataki" (¥680), which is chicken sashimi. Only the outer part is slightly grilled. It is served with a ponzu sauce (a citrusy, soy-based sauce) and some green onions. This is one of the very few chain restaurants to use chicken fresh enough to be used as sashimi. This is a delicacy in Japan that you should definitely try.
Raw chicken is probably not everyone's cup of tea. But you can be sure that this dish will please nearly everyone. Their charcoal-grilled chicken is sublime. Get a small size serving for ¥880, a medium for ¥1,220, and a large for ¥1,890.
Yakitori (chicken on skewers)
Another must-have izakaya food is yakitori. They have some really good ones here. One that you should try is the chicken and pork "tsukune" (kind of meatloaf). It comes with an egg yolk to dip into. The savory tsukune and the creamy egg yolk is an irresistible combination.
You should try the chicken namban (¥680). It is a kind of Japanese deep-fried chicken that is different from the more popular karaage, mainly in the type of coating it has and the fact that it is always served with a rich tartare-like sauce.
They have plenty of good choices aside from the chicken too. You can have grilled fish, salads, tofu, noodle-based dishes, and desserts.
Drinks are about ¥500. They have a drink menu with about 80 different items (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks) so you're bound to find something to your liking.
Tsukada Nojo has hundreds of locations in Japan so you shouldn't have any problems finding one, especially in major cities where they are found near every major station. For the price and quality, it's pretty astounding. Make sure to remember this chain next time you plan to gather with some friends for some izakaya time in Japan!
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