Yakitori, a cheap and cheerful Japanese meal, is widely available almost everywhere in the country and even outside it. But now Japanese restaurants has elevated its appeal and flavors by using premium chicken and offcuts, and even by pairing it with wine and sake. You can find a vast range of yakitori restaurants, especially in Ikebukuro. For some of the best-grilled chicken on skewers near Ikebukuro, head to the following restaurants:
1. Yakitori Issui
Issui is located at a 1-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station. The restaurant has an izakaya-like atmosphere and nice wooden interior, and the yakitori here is exceptional. They have an all-you-can-drink menu from which you can have the right drink matching your food item. The prices here are average, but the quality and taste explain why Issui has become one of the popular yakitori joints in Ikebukuro.
Address: 1-1-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
2. Toriya Kumokichi
Kumokichi is located quite near to the East Exit of the Ikebukuro Station. This eatery serves amazing yakitori at quite reasonable prices. They use an exceptionally nice way of seasoning its yakitori grilled on charcoal. Their simple seasoning allows the flavor of chicken to shine. Unlike other places that are usually open for dinners, you can enjoy their delicious yakitori for lunch and dinner while having drinks.
Address: 3-13-7 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Isami is a nice restaurant where you can eat fresh and tasty yakitori along with a vast collection of Japanese drinks. It is close to JR Ikebukuro Station West Exit and can be accessed easily even if you go by yourself. The restaurant serves a wide collection of dishes that can be enjoyed with drinks like beer, Japanese sake, wine, sours, umeshu (plum wine), etc. If you are in Tokyo for some sightseeing and want to have good yakitori near Ikebukuro, then please visit Isami.
Address: 1-37-16 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Yakitori lovers strolling around the streets of Ikebukuro can fill their bellies at Ippachi. It is located near the West Exit of JR Ikebukuro Station and is a haven for all those people who crave for yakitori. Besides ordering yakitori, you can also try their deep-fried vegetables served on the sticks. The restaurant also has a great collection of sakes and wines that can help you wash down their scrumptious grilled chicken. Even after serving insanely delicious yakitori, the shop has never seen a long queue of people surprisingly.
Address: 1-chome-38-1 Nishiikebukuro Toshima City Tokyo
Shouchan is an izakaya located in Ikebukuro that serves yakitori made using branded chicken meat and rare dishes that go well with the sakes available. They choose to stock any sake that matches the dishes served here, regardless of the brand. So, you can never go wrong with their combinations if you are ordering a sake. Some of the sakes they have are seasonal. The popular dish here is the Chicken Skewer Assortment that includes a variety of yakitori made from different parts of the chicken. The meat is grilled using binchotan (top-grade charcoal), which makes it tender and juicy.
Address: 1-39-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
6. Yakitori Karaage Highball
Yakitori Karaage Highball is a yakitori restaurant located at a 3-minutes walking distance from Subway Marunouchi Line Ikebukuro Station. The meals served here are carefully prepared, keeping their compatibility into account with Japanese sake, and as the name suggests, high ball available. You can get here the skewers of liver, heart, and throat from 100 JPY. The restaurant has table seats as well as counter seats to let guests see chefs preparing dishes and chat with them.
Address: 1-34-3 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Torijin is a yakitori restaurant in Ikebukuro where you can eat delicious yakitori and drink in a nice, casual atmosphere. The restaurant allows guests to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine at an affordable price. Their focus is on yakitori and other chicken dishes, which are accompanied by a great collection of drinks. The interior exudes a peaceful atmosphere that allows the diners to relax and enjoy sampling the flavorful yakitori.
Address: Sunshine City Alpa B1F, 3 Chome−1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo
8. Hakata Kawaya
Hakata Kawaya is an izakaya restaurant located at a 1-minute walk from Subway Fukutoshin and Yurakucho Line Ikebukuro Station. It is a beautiful, elegant eating spot with dark wood paneling on the walls and the counter with seats surrounding its kitchen. Guests sitting right in front of the counter gets a close-up view of the chef’s impressive preparation of yakitori. The signature menu here is “kawa” skewers, which grilled chicken skins very well until it gets crunchy enough. They also have a wide selection of drinks on offer, including wine, sake, and many others.
Address: 1-23-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
If you are looking for a yakitori restaurant that looks cool, this is the place to go. A small door entrance in a peaceful area leads to the main hall of Kushigen to have a great dining experience. People can enjoy their tasty and flavorsome yakitori, freshly cut chickens grew in Nagano prefecture while looking outside from the huge glass window. To accompany the rich-tasting grilled chicken skewers, they have a huge range of drinks, including sake and shochu available.
Address: 3-25-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Iseroku is located at 3-minute from Subway Yurakucho Line Higashi-Ikebukuro Station. It is one such place that we would recommend to you for having delicious yakitori near Ikebukuro. The restaurant has maintained the traditional Japanese flavor and serves healthy food. For your liking to have a drink with yakitori, you can try their great collection of sakes available.
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 3F, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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