5 Best Yakitori Restaurants in Tokyo Honored by World Top Gourmands
Yakitori is one of beer's best matches. Saying that the sight of people eating yakitori as a symbol of Japanese nightlife isn't an exaggeration. Typical yakitori restaurants that you can easily walk in are great, but why not try yakitori made by professionals, all honored by the world famous Michelin?
Sep 24 2016 (Sep 09 2020)
1. Toriki☆ [Kinshicho]
This is a restaurant in which you can enjoy yakitori made from domestic chicken. They offer rare pieces as well as a great amount of side dishes. The owner knows everything there is to know about chicken as an ingredient, and he grills the meat himself. Pickles and soup are offered as palate cleansers at a perfect timing, so you might accidentally end up being there for longer than you expect.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131201/13026017/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Kozaka Building 1F, 1-8-13 Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Torishiki ☆ [Meguro]
You can enjoy perfectly grilled chicken while seated at one of their counter seats in a calm atmosphere. As a final dish, what most customers order is their oyakodon (egg and chicken on rice). Carefully selected eggs and chicken with the perfect elasticity are placed on top of rice so you can eat it until you're full. Even though it's a Michelin-starred restaurant, one of the secrets to its popularity is its reasonable prices.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1316/A131601/13041029/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-14-12 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Birdland ☆ [Ginza]Wally Gobetz/Flickr Wally Gobetz/Flickr
This restaurant only uses meat from rare regional chicken brands. They also have a rich wine list that surprisingly goes very well with the well-cooked chicken. One of their particularly recommended dishes is their homemade liver pate. The liver is carefully prepared so even people who don't like liver should be able to eat it. Enjoy elegant yakitori in this stylish restaurant!
Address: Tsukamoto Sozan Building B1F, 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Ranjatai ☆ [Jinbocho]
This restaurant only uses meat that was obtained that morning. The juicy breast meat with delicious-smelling skin, and the egg yolk called "kumquat" are exquisite. It's near a subway station, and it's a stylish bar-style restaurant that you can easily stop by.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13000425/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-12-3 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Bird Court ☆ [Kita-Senju]
This yakitori uses delicious Okukuji fowl. The owner studied at a famous yakitori restaurant so their chicken is grilled to perfection on the charcoal grill, and the level of heat used changes depending on the cut of the meat so as to not over-cook it. For dessert, try the rich purin made with Okukuji eggs. You can enjoy a high-quality level of nostalgia in the flavor.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1324/A132402/13003769/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Rokumei Building 1F, 3-68 Senju, Adachi-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.