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Shimbashi Yakiton/
Shimbashi: Yakiton
₯3539-4838
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This after-work
standing bar serves
up excellent
charcoal-grilled
skewers of pork and
chicken plus cheap
drinks in an ex-
tremely casual set-
ting. The ceiling is
festooned with paper
lanterns advertising
beer and liquor
brands.

Patrons - mostly
Shimbashi office
workers stopping in
for a drink on the
way home - can stand
at upturned barrels,
communal tables or a
long counter in
front of the grill.
There's also some
outdoor standing
room, which may be
somewhat less smoky
depending on your
luck.

As the shop name
indicates, the main
specialty here is
yakiton - grilled
pork on skewers,
some fourteen varie-
ties in all starting
at around Y100. The
Japanese menu has a
neatly illustrated
chart explaining
where the various
cuts of meat come
from. Some favorites
were the charcoal-
infused tontoro
(neck and shoulder
meat) and harami
(tender diaphram
meat), plus very
nice tebasaki
(chicken wings) from
the smaller yakitori
side of the menu.

For starters, big
crisp chunks of
cucumber in salt
will fill your vege-
table quota for the
day. The smooth and
rich pork organ-meat
stew (motsu-nikomi)
has a miso base, but
a subtle one - the
overall flavor is
more porky than
miso-heavy. There
are six different
sake - three cold
and three served at
room temperature,
although only the
cold ones are listed
on the English menu.


Budget around Y1200-
2500 for food and
drink, depending on
how long you stay.
There are several
other branches scat-
tered throughout
Tokyo, but this main
branch seems to have
the best reputation
for food.
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Minato-ku, Shimba-
shi 1-14-8.  Open
4-11pm (LO). Closed
Sundays.
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