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Feb 5, 2008 04:47 PM

"Best Chicken" in Tokyo

Here are the top yakitori/chicken cuisine shops from ASKU and Tabelog as of 2/5/08. I've sorted both lists for highest ranking of food.


1. Yatchan やっちゃん in Nakano area
-seems to have a broader than chicken menu

2. Yakitori Torimasa 焼き鳥 鳥雅 (ヤキトリ トリマサ) in Nakano

3. Toriteru 鳥てる (とりてる) in Shinagawa

4. Shamomaru 軍鶏丸 (しゃもまる) in Ebisu

5. Serata 世良田 (せらた) in Azabujuban


1. Takajoukotobuki 鷹匠壽 (たかじょうことぶき) in Asakusa
-ranked in the Top 10 overall restaurants on the site
-Average dinner price from 20,000~30,000 YEN

2. Torishige 鳥重 (とりしげ) in Shibuya

3. Toriki とり喜 (とりき) in Kinshicho

4. Toriei 鳥栄 (とりえい) in Yushima

5.& 6. are in places even further from center than Yushima!

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  1. ...and for highly recommended "oyako don" (chicken and egg donburi) try Toritsuneshezendou 鳥つね自然洞 (とりつねしぜんどう)

    ...and for very good, thick chicken broth ramen try a branch of Tenkaippin ( Get the "kotteri" option.

    1. Do you think there is a typo error on the website for the average price per head for Takajoukotobuki? That seem awfully expensive for a yakitori meal. Just wonder what do they serve there that deserve such a high premium?

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      1. re: FourSeasons

        Actually, their specialty is wild duck, not chicken. (The sort function says yakitori/ tori ryouri. "Tori" means bird, so...) They do a kaiseki-course-pre-fix-omakase style. From someone's blog-
        Starting from the first picture of food, here's what they were served:

        1. steamed uni
        2. edamame
        3. raw duck tataki
        4. grilled gizzard
        5. grilled liver
        6. summer special (looks like grilled wings
        )7. kara age (looks like same as #6. Says it's grilled)
        8. daikon oroshi served with the previous dish
        9. grilled wild duck meat
        10. action shot of #9
        11. duck fried rice
        12. tsukemono
        13. duck soup
        14. dessert

        This was a summer menu. It will be different depending on the season. They also have 2 different courses. There are more pictures on the Tabelog site.

        ...and the prices are accurate.

        1. re: Silverjay

          Thanks for sharing the information. But I think I will pass on this one. Certainly too expensive for me, and too much duck on just one meal alone. It reminds me of my experience in a restaurant in Shanghai called Xin Guan that focus on crab from the beginning till the end. It was great in the beginning but I felt overwhelmed by the crab taste in the 4th or 5th course. Interestingly, Xin Guan was very popular with the Japanese tourists and expatriates.

          1. re: FourSeasons

            Prices aside, these type of restaurants are popular in Japan and not unusual. There are many crab places around like you mentioned. Fugu dining is basically 7-8 courses of fugu. And there are tuna focused places as well. They all do the same thing- serve it raw, serve it fried, serve it grilled, and serve it in a soup. Generally, I think this type of place is what inspired the originators of Iron Chef. It's interesting that none of the ASKU/Tabelog comments really complain about the price of the meal. Also, upon close inspection of the Japanese explanation, I believe that the duck is hunted and not raised. The explanations say "wild duck" (yasei kamo) and not "local duck" (jidori). This shop is popular with celebrities and politicians.

            1. re: Silverjay

              Yes, I know it is popular in Japan. I liked the complete fugu course I had before, and Makoto, which I wrote in earlier thread, serves a complete beef/steak course as well.
              Your last 3 statement on the description got me excited again. I guess I still have a few months to think about it before my next trip. Would you personally go for this place?

              1. re: FourSeasons

                Sure I'd go....if sponsors me....I actually already have a pretty good stash of grilled bird places. I am interested though in the above oyako-don place.

                1. re: Silverjay

                  Unfortunately, have never tried any of these places. For oyako-don, the best I have ever had was at Birdland in Ginza. The yakitori was only so-so but the oyako-don was out of this world. I don't think they serve the oyako-don by itself though.

                  Am a big fan of yakitori and would have to try a couple of these places. My fav so far is Isehiro in Kyobashi.

      2. Is the current list much different now?