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Ikebukuro: Yakiton
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Located just a min-
ute or two from
Ikebukuro station,
this bustling iza-
kaya is an easy stop
for a quick bite and
a drink on the way
home, and the
crowded ground-floor
counter is full of
solo diners as well
as groups. Unlike
most yakiton shops,
they also have a
take-out window in
front where you can
pick up skewers of
grilled pork to go.

You'll be asked for
your drink order as
soon as you sit
down; ask for oolong
tea ('uroncha') if
you don't feel like
having a beer or a
shochu cocktail. The
grill menu (Japanese
only) lists some
eleven cuts of pork,
five cuts of chick-
en, and four grilled
vegetables, as well
as plenty of side
dishes. There's a
chalkboard (also in
Japanese only) with
daily specials,
including some fish
and seafood.

The excellent pork
karubi (short ribs)
and kashira (pork
cheeks) are both
quite meaty, with
subtle charcoal
flavoring, while the
liver is tender. The
motsu nikomi here
has a mild, almost
creamy broth, allow-
ing the individual
organ-meat flavors
to stand out. Note
that there's a mini-
mum order of two
skewers for any
particular grilled
item.

Seating at the coun-
ter can be tight
during busy times,
but customers tend
to come and go
quickly. Budget
around Y2000-3000
for ample food and
drink. This is the
first Tokyo branch
of a small Saitama-
based izakaya chain.

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Toshima-ku, Nishi-
Ikebukuro 1-15-3. 
Open 3-10:30pm (LO)
daily.
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