Review excerpt: Kurasuno is a small izakaya bar-restaurant near Taisho Station on the Osaka Loop Line and beloved neighborhood treasure in the hearts and minds of residents since it opened in 1949.

Review excerpt: Not only is the location more central — in the heart of Roppongi Hills, no less — Torioka is also more stylish and, for the time being at any rate, much easier to book.

Review excerpt: At lunch, Toridoki morphs from its role as neighborhood izakaya tavern to offer hearty, good-value set meals. It also serves a parallel menu of udon noodles made in the chunky Sanuki style.

Review excerpt: Third-generation owner-chef Tomotsugu Sakakibara has been grilling yakitori at Ribatei for 20 years now and it shows in his relaxed demeanor and the way he tends the skewers.

Review excerpt: From the charcoal grill try a few of the staples at Sumiba Yakitori Enza, including tsukune (minced chicken skewers) sweetened with a drizzle of soy sauce glaze. Also worth ordering is the negima — chicken bits interlaced with leeks and once more ...

Review excerpt: There is only a fixed omakase tasting menu at Torikado; simply let chef Onoda or his assistant know if there’s anything you don’t want. (Be warned, the meal includes plenty of internal organs.) Then, sit back as a succession of chicken morsels ...

Review excerpt: Takashi Imai's new place, Yakitori Imai, is set back from view on a quiet residential side street, it is spacious and modern, with discreet down lighting and jazz on the sound system. He has 30 seats at the long counter that runs ...

Review excerpt: Kushiyakitori Mahoroba is run by a husband-and-wife team the atmosphere inside is pub-like: The lights are turned down and the air is pleasantly smoky from the hot charcoals. There is a handful of seats at the counter and three tables for floor ...

Review excerpt: Ogawa is not rooted in the old ways. Instead of following the standard izakaya (traditional tavern) mode — where customers linger all evening, drinking and ordering yakitori a few sticks at a time — it operates more like a sushi or tempura ...

Review excerpt: Rather than cloning any of the previous outlets of Shizuoka’s Baird Beer, Takadanobaba Taproom has a distinct identity of its own. The white walls and wooden beams give it the feeling of a traditional Japanese farmhouse. This is reflected in the food menu, ...

Grilled slowly, the fat on the surface of the thick leg meat gains a crisp outer layer, leaving the strata of flesh underneath moist and juicy. Right now, the only other place in Tokyo you can taste this variety of chicken is at Quintessence, ...

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