Updated: January 24, 2020
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5 incredibly good yakitori izakayas in Kagurazaka

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So many great yakitori restaurants are in and around Kagurazaka. Here are 5 that are popular with the locals, and that you absolutely won't go wrong with!

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Honke Abeya

Honke Abeya is a stylish, clean-lined interior yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) izakaya. Their perfectly grilled yakitori made with free-range domestic chicken doesn't disappoint! Although it's a bit more expensive than most yakitori restaurants (skewers are about ¥200 to ¥400), the quality is outstanding so you really get good value for your money.

Another good thing about this izakaya is they have a fine selection of sakes and some good Japanese craft beers too.

If you're willing to pay a little more, you can also enjoy one of their superb courses for about ¥5,000.

The restaurant is spacious so they can accommodate large groups.

Honke Abeya is located about a 5-minute walk from either Iidabashi or Kagurazaka stations.

Toritama

Toritama is one outstanding yakiotori restaurant that is not too pricey yet very good. It was awarded the Michelin Guide's prestigious Bib Gourmand mention in 2020 for being an outstanding restaurant that is relatively affordable. You might want to try their omakase courses that are ¥2,200 for 7 skewers, ¥3,000 for 10 skewers, and ¥3,800 for 12 skewers.

The izakaya is particular for its sake. Glasses are around ¥600 each.

Bunchan

Bunchan is another yakitori tavern of long-standing that is very famous in the area. It's even a bit difficult to get a reservation at the 18-seat restaurant so you might want to plan ahead.

The slowly cooked yakitori over a charcoal fire is just perfect. Their 'tsukune' yakitori (a kind of chicken meatloaf skewer) is said to be one of the best.

It should cost you around ¥8,000 for an evening at Bunchan.

Yu

This izakaya's claim to fame is the rich, deep-tasting tare sauce brushed on the skewers during the grilling. They've been using the same recipe for the past 50 years.

Yu's omakase course is ¥3,000 and includes 7 skewers, a seasonal salad, tofu, rice and soup.

They also have an interesting 11-item course with free-flowing alcohol for ¥5,000. Yu always has a good selection of Japanese sake.

Yakitori Brochette

Brochette is a unique yakitori restaurant because it's a fusion between traditional Japanese yakitori and French cuisine. You'll find duck and cheese on the menu along with the classic yakitori items. The skewers are reasonably priced at around ¥300 apiece.

The restaurant specializes in wines so feel free to ask for pairing recommendations.

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