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ZenyaRen/
Otemachi: Yakitori
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It's Japan's first
yakitori theme park!
Seven famous yakito-
riya from around the
country have assem-
bled in one spot,
allowing Tokyo din-
ers to compare their
skewers side by
side. The styles and
flavors represented
here are surpringly
diverse, and the
setting is lively
and fun - a massive
229-seat space di-
vided up into com-
fortable dining
niches spread out
over two levels.

Zenyaren's menu is
also massive, the
type that calls for
multiple visits.
Each participating
shop offers their
own array of indi-
vidual skewers (some
pork as well as
chicken), side
dishes and combina-
tion platters.
There's also a
fifteen-skewer mixed
assortment (Y1980)
with representative
items from each of
the shops.

We recently sampled
a couple dozen skew-
ers from several
shops - some were
fantastic, some were
just okay, with only
one disappointment.
(Advance research or
repeat visits would
probably help raise
the success rate.)
Highlights included
a very good negima,
a couple of differ-
ent variations on
pork belly, and a
bowl of very crispy
charcoal-grilled
chicken skin with
negi. The Kyoto-
style pickles were
very good, as were
the warm vegetables
with a sesame-based
dipping sauce.

Several decent re-
gional sake are
available to accom-
pany your skewers,
along with many
other drinks op-
tions, and you can
choose from a few
budget-friendly
open-bar plans if
you're making a
night of it. While
there may be better
yakitoriya in town,
Zenyaren offers an
appealing combina-
tion of a fun set-
ting, reasonable
prices and huge
selection. Advance
reservations are
recommended, but
they do save some
space for walk-ins
if you don't mind
waiting a bit.
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Chiyoda-ku, Otema-
chi 1-7-2, Tokyo
Sankei Bldg B2F. 
Open 5-10pm (LO;
Sat, Sun from 11am)
daily.
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