Have you ever heard of yakitori? If you haven’t here is why you have to try it. Yakitori is a delicious chicken dish, prepared, cooked or grilled, served on kushi (steel, bamboo or other wood sticks) with different seasonings and sauces. Yakitori used to be street food for very long time but nowadays it is more likely to eat at night with alcohol. These are top 10 restaurants in Shibuya where you will get the best yakitori.
1. Daraku (陀らく)
On the 2nd floor, 2-6-8 Dogenzaka, very close to Shibuya is a Daraku restaurant. Very tasteful yakitori and a low number of seats are the reasons why you need to call and make reservations. Daraku is so special because here you have an opportunity to eat rare parts of the chicken.
Address: 2-6-8 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
2. Torifuku (鳥福)
Torifuku is a cozy little restaurant located in Nonbei Yokocho, a small alley containing 36 small Izakayas. This restaurant with a very pleasant atmosphere is a place, where you can relax with friends. It offers you a large selection of yakitori dishes. For a few minutes walk from Shibuya you will find this restaurant, and according to impressions of many visitors, you will be more than satisfied.
Address: 1-25-10 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo
3. Toritake (鳥竹)
What will attract you to this restaurant is primarily a great smell of barbecue that you will feel as soon as you come close. Friendly staff, great menu, written in English and extremely tasty yakitori at affordable prices are definitely a reason to visit this place.
Address: 1-6-1 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
4. Torimasu (鳥升)
If you need a big restaurant for some event Torimasu is the best choice, with a capacity of 40 seats. The menu is in the price range from 1000 to 4500 yen. The complete delight is also a variety of yakitori dishes and rich menu of salads.
Address: 2-28-6 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
5. Teppen Shibuya Onna Dojo (てっぺん渋谷女道場)
Teppen Shibuya Onna Dojo is a small restaurant, hidden jewel, on a ten-minute walk from Shibuya. What distinguishes this restaurant and it recommends it to visit is a great menu and a very cheerful and friendly staff. You will enjoy feeling this beautiful atmosphere with elements of the traditional interior.
Address: 41-23 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya
Website: http://teppen.co/shop/#onna (Japanese Only)
6. Hinai Komachi (ひない小町)
Near the Hachiko entrance to Shibuya station is located Hinai Komachi restaurant. This restaurant is named after the Akita region, which is famous for chickens and chicken meat. What separates this restaurants from others is silent and calm surrounding and specialties from province from Akita Prefecture.
Address: 1-15-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya
Website: http://www.uokashiku.co.jp/hinaikomachi.html (Japanese Only)
7. Onitei (鬼亭)
Onitei is a very popular place, although hidden and quiet. But if you wish to peek here not far from the busy street, you should expect a great chef of yakitori and other dishes. They have a unique style of yakitori, with no use of skewers, instead of that customers can grill by themselves, like a barbecue.
Address: 1-9-4 Shibuya Shibuya
8. Gonpachi (権八)
Great and big restaurant, beautifully decorated, offers you an amazing view especially in the evening and delicious food. Very rich interior, which can accommodate many guests. You would expect that the food in this restaurant is very expensive, but the prices are reasonable. Except for unique skewer menu, they are also offering a rich selection of dishes such as Foie gras, wagyu, tuna, soba noodles, and desserts.
Address: 3-6 Maruyamacho Shibuya Tokyo
9. Akiyoshi (秋吉)
Would you like to taste yummy local food in a place- crowded, noisy and cheerful? If your answer is yes, Akiyoshi is the place for you. Akiyoshi offers a wide variety of very tasty yakitori and chicken giblets, which arrive as soon as they are ordered.
Address: 7-12 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya
Website: http://www.akiyoshi.co.jp/(Japanese Only)
10. Morimoto (森本)
It is a small traditional restaurant, 331 m from Shibuya. There are no reservations for this restaurant, but we suggest you come earlier if you want to eat here. You will not regret it no matter how much you wait because Morimoto exists for more than 65 years for a reason.
Address: 2-7-4 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
Information in this article is as of November 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.
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