{  Yakitori Torigen — 鳥元  }

Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元

This Yakitori place in Yokohama is only open for dinner time. Yakitori Torigen is located about 3 min walking distance from Yokohama Station Nishiguchi exit (West exit) on the B1 floor. The place gets quite packed for dinner time as they are famous for their generous portion of yakitori which is both good and affordable.

As you can see, we had quite a variety of yakitori which were all yummy. They even had Toriwasa (715yen) – the chicken sashimi, which was pretty good as well. The menu is written in Japanese but has a few photos of their popular items which you can point to.

If you happen to be by Yokohama station or if you are looking for a decent yakitori spot in Yokohama, check this place out.

hours // 5 – 11pm

Address // B1F SG Building, 2-11-5, Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi,
Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-322-3635
Website // n/a

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{  Yakitori Akira  }

Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira

Yakitori Akira is not your traditional Yakitori with skewers. It’s more of a “Chicken Cuisine” and it’s a place where you can eat raw chicken (aka chicken sashimi). Located in Nakameguro by the river, this smokey chicken house is quite happening (only open for dinner) and it gets quite loud. Seating is on the floor so for those of you who are not used to sitting on zabuton you may find it a little difficult to dine for a few hours.

This was actually my first time eating raw chicken and I personally didn’t like it that much. But for those of you who enjoy it or would like to try raw chicken, they have a fresh selection so you may like it more than I did. We ordered the 3800yen course and it was quite filling. They also have a grill that you cook your chicken and veggies on which is called a shichirin(七輪) and it gives this beautiful smokey flavor to the chicken which was good.

My favorite part was the tamagokake-gohan, which you basically swirl your raw egg onto your rice with a little bit of soy sauce and it’s delicious. (Tamagokake-gohan is an old school way to eat rice and it brings back memories of my childhood.) The course ended with matcha green tea ice cream and overall it was a nice experience but since I’m not that into raw chicken, unfortunately it wasn’t one of my favorite places. If you’d like to try raw chicken though, this is definitely the place to go. Also, during cherry blossom season, this restaurant gets quite packed as they have a beautiful view along the river.

Address // Riverside Terrace 106, 1-10-23, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-0051
Website // n/a

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{  Cafe One  }

Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One

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DISCLAIMER: This cafe has unfortunately closed in August, 2014.
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Only 16 seats, this tiny cafe in my favorite town of Jiyugaoka is famous for their latte art. It’s another one of those cafes where you can stay for hours just chit chatting, read a book, or chill. The food is actually pretty good too. The menu changes daily but shown above are pumpkin soup with potato foccaccia plate with a drink of your choice for 950yen and the other one is chicken and renkon bowl with a drink of your choice for 950yen as well.

It’s awesome that a cafe latte is included as most places only include coffee or tea. This place also has a booklet that all the guests can sign and oh my, some people are really creative and go all out. It’s nice to see that the cafe also responds to your notes so you can look forward to coming back and checking if you got a response back :)

Hours // Monday-Friday: 12 – 11pm (lunch served till 4pm), Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Address // 2F, 1-31-8, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // n/a

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{  Kiraku — 喜楽  }

Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽

Located in Shibuya, this popular ramen joint has been around for years and serves delicious golden shoyu-based Chinese noodle (中華麺) ramen. It seems to be very popular amongst salary-men, students, and many of their loyal customers tend to be male. It’s located in a rather sketchy area (somewhat of a red light district…), but this place serves flavorful and delicious ramen.

The first floor counter seats were full when we arrived so we got seated in the second floor area. The workers were speaking Chinese to each other as we waited for our ramen. Both of us ordered the “Moyashi-men” (もやし麺) for 800yen. The generous amounts of moyashi with the golden shoyu-soup went perfectly together and I can see why many people love this place. Other popular ramen choices seem to be “Moyashi Wonton-men” (900yen), “Chashu wonton-men” (1000yen), and their gyoza (500yen). The ambiance is not necessarily nice nor does it have great service but the ramen is definitely good. Come check it out if you’re in the area.

Note: Some of their prices went up from when I took the photo of their menu

Closed // Wednesday
Hours // 11:30am – 8:30pm

Address // 2-17-6, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-2032
Website // n/a

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{  Ginza Sushidokoro Marui  }

Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui

Found a pretty good sushi lunch spot in Ginza. Located in a back alley behind the Matsuya Ginza Department store, this is a hidden but popular place amongst Japanese businessmen and OLs. It’s easy, good, and affordable. We came here on a weekday right when the restaurant opened and we were 3rd in line. The line was a lot longer when we came out after eating though.

Pictured above are the “Zukeana Chirashi/づけ穴ちらし” (1200yen) and “Tokusen Chirashi/特選ちらし” (1500yen). The Zukeana Chirashi comes with Anago + Tuna but all sorts of yumminess is hidden underneath the rice plus it even includes a soup and all this for only 1200yen. The Tokusan Chirashi comes with a whopping 16 pieces of sushi + soup for only 1500yen and it was quite filling- I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. This is a nice option for those of you who are already in Ginza and feel like eating sushi for lunch.

Lunch Hours // 11:30am – 2:30pm

Address // 3-8-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3564-8601
Website // n/a

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