Updated: October 10, 2019
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Masakichi: Netflix-Famous Yakitori in Tokyo.


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:

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Why Go?

Masakichi is located in a small residential area of Tokyo's Meguro-ku. Despite its inconspicuous location and unassuming store front, the yakitori served here is said to be some of the best in Tokyo. Masakichi is listed in the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, meaning they serve fantastic food at a reasonable price.

The restaurant was featured on an episode of the Netflix show 'Ugly Delicious,' and chef David Chang was brought to tears after eating the yakitori served here. However, yakitori isn't the only thing on the menu worth trying. A special bowl of chicken ramen (shown below) is also served to just 10 lucky customers per day.
The restaurant has mixed reviews online, with some tourists saying they were treated poorly by the staff, while others claim that it was the best meal of their life. Whatever the truth is, it's worth checking out, right?


Chef Kodama, who served yakitori to David Chang actually opened a new restaurant where he can be found working every day. If you want to eat his yakitori, check out our article about Yakitori Kodama:


If you make a reservation here, you'll need to order the Omakase course, which is offered for ¥4,000 and leaves all the decisions up to the chef. This is definitely recommended, anyway, as you will get to enjoy whatever is best on that day.

Reservations / Access

Reservations aren't necessarily required, but you'll likely have a very difficult time getting in at dinner without one. If you need help making one, see the link below.

Masakichi is located 4 minutes from Musashi-Koyama Station, on the Meguro line. Look for the wooden sign and navy blue cloth hanging in the doorway.
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