Chicken Ten Different Ways

We just had the most sublime yakitori ever at a place we have no idea what the name is. When we were walking back to the hotel this afternoon, we spied a little place getting ready for the dinner rush. There were a couple of older gentlemen behind the counter and the display case was chock full of yakitori sticks. (Yakitori is various types of meats and vegetables on skewers that are grilled over a charcoal fire.) There wasn't a menu, but we had a good feeling about it. A few hours later we returned to check it out. 

It was a set menu consisting of ten yakitori sticks, a salad, grated radish, and chicken soup. Almost all of the sticks were chicken – but we didn't even notice until almost the end of the meal! We sat at the counter, watching the guys work their magic. The guy who manned the grilling station was so focused on his job that absolutely nothing could distract him. 

What was so amazing about this yakitori was how different each one tasted even though it was "just" grilled chicken. For instance, the wasabi chicken was ridiculously tender, just seared on the outside and raw on the inside. It just melted in your mouth. On the other hand, the chicken neck was deliciously chewy, a bit like squid or octopus. And ground chicken tastes totally different from chicken thigh! How often do you get to compare how all of these parts of the chicken compare to each other? We loved that this tiny little place focused on something so specific and had a set menu. They're so confident in what they do, you don't need a choice because it's going to be good and that you just need to trust them.

It's approximately three blocks south of Ginza-Itchome station exit 10. Go out the exit, continue walking straight for about 3 blocks, it's on the left. It has no menu, look for the old guys. 2200 yen set menu of 10 pieces.


4 thoughts on “Chicken Ten Different Ways

  1. I’m so glad you guys are enjoying Japan! You said you haven’t had a bad meal there (and seriously, after living there 2 decades and having maybe 2 bad meals that whole time, I agree it’s a challenge to find something non-delicious), so I’m going to make another chicken recommendation that’s bound to be unpopular: KFC. You might find it interesting how different the fast food experience is over there, even when it’s an American franchise!

  2. Tracie Lee says:

    Doh, KFC – actually KFC sucks. We got a chicken kalbi sandwich at the airport in Seoul (which, btw, is the nicest airport I think I've ever been in) at KFC thinking it might be good and it seriously made me want to hurl. It was more like &quot;chicken product&quot; than chicken. Dunno, maybe it's different in Japan but I don't really want to take the chance to find out.<div> <br></div><div>Btw, Henrietta – remember those cookies that your mom sent a huge box of to the office that were totally awesome? Can you get those in Tokyo? I keep telling Wayne about them I want to get some!!<br><br></div>

  3. capndesign says:

    If you want to try some slightly different fast food, you should check out Mos Burger. It’s really popular there and they have a ton unusual, very Japanese burger options. They should be pretty easy to find in Tokyo.

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