Updated: September 05, 2019
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Toriki - Michelin-Starred Yakitori in Tokyo


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.

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Why Go?

The chef at Toriki elevates yakitori to the next level, serving customers a dinner course that features 8 types of chicken skewers, 4 seasonal vegetable skewers, and a kobachi dish. The ingredients will vary based on what is fresh, but the course always features carefully selected local chicken meat of the highest quality cooked over expensive, premium charcoal that supposedly makes the skewers extra delicious.
The meal typically lasts about two and a half hours and the food is served at quite a slow pace, meaning that there is time to relax and enjoy some drinks between each delicious skewer of perfectly grilled chicken. If you don't mind a slow and slightly drawn-out meal, you will enjoy the experience of eating at Toriki!


Unlike most yakitori restaurants where customers order skewer by skewer, the course is the only option at Toriki and costs ¥5,500. That's quite a bit more expensive than a typical yakitori restaurant, but the quality of the food is also on a different level. Many people say it's the best yakitori they've ever had!

Reservations / Access

As it has a Michelin star and is quite popular, it is difficult to get a seat at this small restaurant without making a reservation. See the link below if you need assistance when reserving.

The restaurant is located a quick 3-minute walk from Kinshicho Station and can be spotted by the large lantern hanging outside.
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