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šToriteru/
Shinagawa: Yakitori
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The area around
Shinagawa Station
has changed a lot
since Shinkansen
service began in
2004. But in the
building where Tori-
teru is located, the
atmosphere is still
early Showa Era.
Although you may be
concerned that there
are no clouds of
aromatic smoke waft-
ing from the en-
trance, one look at
the fresh chicken
meat and other in-
gredients in the
glass case on the
counter will reas-
sure you as to the
quality of the food.


The excellent chick-
en meat used here is
a special type from
Nara Prefecture - a
bird bred from shamo
game hen and two
other kinds of
chicken. Toriteru
offers three full-
course meals - 7
skewers (Y1960), 8
skewers (Y2200) and
10 skewers (Y2700)
We recently ordered
the 10-skewer set,
along with a lemon
sour cocktail. The
lemon sour is recom-
mended - fresh-
squeezed lemon juice
and shochu are
served in a glass
with a coating of
salt around the rim,
like a margarita.
The salt is bay salt
from Koichi Prefec-
ture, which is also
used on the yakito-
ri.

The meal started off
with "sabi" - sasami
white meat with
wasabi - and al-
though sasami is
often an "alternate"
choice for yakitori,
here it's surpris-
ingly juicy, and it
goes very well with
the wasabi. Next was
liver, which was
absolutely exqui-
site! The texture is
like foie gras, and
the sauce is neither
too sweet nor too
salty, maintaining
the quality and
flavor of the meat.

At this point we
switched from lemon
sour to "Gokuraku"
shochu from Kagoshi-
ma. After the liver
came gizzards, Yama-
to shamo game hen,
minced chicken,
bonjiri (rump meat),
egg, leek, heart,
and chicken wings.
Though we were al-
most full, we or-
dered a few addi-
tional items - toma-
to, shishito green
peppers, and grilled
onigiri rice balls.
The burdock pickles
served with the
onigiri were fantas-
tic! Instead of
green tea, we fin-
ished off the meal
with a cup of chick-
en soup.

There are only ten
seats in this small
shop, and sitting at
the counter with a
glass of shochu,
listening to the
animated conversa-
tion and laughter of
the regular custom-
ers, we thought -
"This is what a
yakitori restaurant
should be like." In
addition to various
kinds of shochu,
they also serve
Burgundy and Bor-
deaux wines. Despite
its old-style loca-
tion, Toriteru fits
in with the times.
The fine-tuned ser-
vice, reasonable
prices and relaxed
atmosphere are what
we've been searching
for in a yakitori
restaurant for a
long time.
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Minato-ku, Taka-
nawa 3-26-33, Shuwa
Shinagawa Bldg B1F.
 Open 6-10pm (LO).
Closed weekends.
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