Updated: October 31, 2019
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Edomasa: iconic Tokyo yakitori restaurant in Nihonbashi

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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.

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Edomasa

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Weekday 4 PM, people are already lining up!
Edomasa is an iconic yakitori restaurant in Tokyo. The shop of long-standing is only open from 5 PM to 8 PM on weekdays and from 5 PM to 6:30 PM on Saturday, yet you will often see people waiting in line from 4 PM to get in! Reservations are not possible, so if you want to eat there, you will probably have to wait in line for some time.
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As soon as the 14-seat restaurant opens at 5 PM, the yakitori cook will start grilling immediately, filling the room with the irresistible scent of perfectly grilled yakitori!

First, order a drink

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Start by ordering a drink for about ¥500. Be aware that this is a cash-only restaurant and that you will have to pay for your drink as soon as you order it, so you better get your change ready.

Then comes the fixed course

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Aside from your drink, the rule at Edomasa is that you don't order anything at first because they will serve you the fixed ¥1,420 course.

One of the food items of the course is 'tataki', which are chicken balls that you can have either raw or cooked. Yes, you've read that right: raw! The meat is so fresh that it is perfectly safe to eat it uncooked. Eating super fresh raw chicken is a Japanese delicacy that you should try if you go to Edomasa.
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You'll get a series of skewers after that perfectly cooked with just the right amount of tare sauce. The meat portions are generous too, and you get to try all kinds of cuts.
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This is a green pepper stuffed with meat that is equally as delectable as the meat skewers.

Still hungry? Order extras... but only once!

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Once you're done with the fixed course, you can proceed to order whatever tickles your fancy on the menu. Be aware however that there is a strict rule of only one extra order after the course! So, gauge your remaining appetite properly and order accordingly.
If you have the chance, don't hesitate and order the chicken skin skewer! It is the signature yakitori of Edomasa, but only a few are made per day. People say that you can only order this one if you are among the first to line up before the restaurant opens.

In closing...

If you are a fan of authentic Japanese yakitori, you will absolutely love Edomasa. The food is outstanding, and the price very reasonably (most people report paying less than ¥3,000). The only downside is that it's hard to get in, so better be prepared to get there early and wait in line a bit.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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