Koenji: Chicken
Torisen (Koenji: Chicken)
Open 9am-11pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Torisen's crunchy deep-fried chicken skin, aka "kawa-sembei," is very appealing, and the undisputed star of their take-out offerings. The fried chicken isn't bad either - flavored with garlic, soy sauce or plain salt, the big, plump pieces of thigh meat are juicy and flavorful but still crisp on the outside.

If you're eating here rather than getting take-out, the menu offers chicken either by the piece or as part of a teishoku meal with soup, pickles, rice. Kenchinjiru, a rich soup loaded with root vegetables and tofu, is well prepared and a nice alternative to regular miso-shiru.

Oyakodon (chicken and egg over rice) is the other specialty of the house, flavored with yuzu salt or soy sauce. Chicken wings, either regular or extra-spicy, round out the menu, while drinks include Premium Malt's on tap and whiskey sodas. The crunchy kawa-sembei isn't on the sit-down menu, but you can pick up a bag to take home.

Chicken karaage is Y120 per piece (in-store or take-out), kenchin-jiru is Y250, and oyakodon is Y630. The shop is located just outside Shin-Koenji station on the Marunochi line. Other Tokyo branches can be found in Otsuka and Nishi-Kasai.

Suginami-ku, Umezato 2-1-19.
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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended