Updated: February 18, 2019
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A Local's Guide to Yakitori: Yakitori Tonton in Yurakucho, Tokyo

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If you want to know how locals eat, you need to stop by Yakitori Tonton in Yurakucho. It's exactly how you would picture Tokyo's hole in the wall kind of yakitori with delicious and authentic food.

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Yakitori Tonton

Yakitori Tonton is mostly frequented by local patrons and is exactly how you would picture an authentic Japanese yakitori. It's a little rough around the edges, but in my opinion, that's what gives it its appeal.

You might want to avoid peak hours as you might have to queue a bit.
This restaurant is hidden under train tracks and gives you an even more authentic taste of old Tokyo.

It also has dishes you might not find at other yakitori restos. Although they have your typical yakitori skewers, they also have dishes which aren't for the faint of heart. Pig anus, anyone?

Menu

The first dishes to order are probably some chicken yakitori skewers which are only ¥160. You could also get different types of perfectly grilled vegetables and these are also ¥150-¥160.
You should also get some 'tebasaki' (chicken wings).
Another dish to try is the asparagus wrapped in bacon, a classic. Forget all you know about potato salads and order one here because it's all a must-try. It's nothing like your grandma's mayo potato salad!
There are some funky dishes to try as well, such as the pig innards. There's a chart with a drawing of a pig so you can point and order whatever tickles your fancy.
Be sure to order some sake or a nice pint of cold beer. And then repeat until you're full. Luckily, there's an English menu if you can't read Japanese.

Finally...

For an authentic yakitori restaurant, be sure to check out Yakitori Tonton!
Cheers!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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