When visiting Japan, one of your top priorities should be trying Japanese foods of various styles! Japan is full of unique and interesting dishes, most of which are hard to find outside of the country and guaranteed to be high quality and delicious thanks to the professionalism of restaurant chefs across the country. An easy Japanese dish to find and try is Yakitori, or grilled chicken.
Yakitori is a popular street food and pub snack involving different kinds of meat and vegetables on skewers. They are small enough where you can try several different kinds in one sitting and will often come served with salt or soy sauce-based sauce toppings. Yakitori is popular because of the varieties you can try, how easy it is to eat, and how it goes perfectly with beer!
You can get yakitori in many restaurants, street food vendors, and even convenience stores. If you are looking to try many different kinds of yakitori in one place with reasonable prices and a friendly atmosphere, a great restaurant to seek out is Yakitori Center, which has many locations across Japan.
This restaurant is a wide-open space with plenty of seats. Meals there are quick, so even if you see a line waiting when you arrive, you won’t have to wait long to get your meal. Once you’re seated, ordering your food and drinks is easy since each table is equipped with a tablet menu ordering system.
Yakitori Center is like a large izakaya pub, but with a warm and friendly atmosphere in which anyone can feel comfortable.
The menu has a simple layout and has language options for Japanese, Chinese, and English for convenient ordering. Yakitori dishes are divided into chicken, meat roll-ups, original, beef, vegetables, and pork. Each order portion is made up of two skewers of food. The price you can expect to pay for most portions is 280 yen, which makes trying yakitori skewers a very affordable experience. The menu also includes slections for salads, rice dishes, soups, and other snacks such af french fries, fried chicken gristle, and other pub foods found in Japan. If you’re looking to try the menu, you should plan to come to these spots in a group so that you’ll have several different dishes to choose from.
One of the special menu items is the pile of chicken wings, a great food plate for your entire group to try. Each wing is priced at roughly 50 yen, and you’re able to order pieces in large batches from 10 to as many 50 wings, all glazed with sauce and extremely tasty. If you love chicken or wings, a plate of wings can be a great dining alternative to the skewers.
As with most restaurants in Tokyo, there is a good drinks menu which includes soft drinks, beer, highballs (whisky and soda), and various mixed drinks. They are fairly reasonably priced; when I went, my group had several drinks each and a lot of food, and ended up spending less than 2,000 yen each.
Yakitori Center is a great place to go if you and your friends are looking for a simple and affordable food destination in Japan. with friends. Bear in mind it can get quite noisy in the restaurant at night as there are many groups chatting and eating. It’s not the best place to go though if you’re tired after a day out and looking for a quiet dinner. It’s likely to be less crowded on weekdays if you don’t want to deal with too much noise when you visit. The best time to go if you’re looking for a good time is on the weekends, when you and your party can easily relax and have fun. With great food, plenty of drinks, quick service, great locations, and reasonable prices, Yakitori Center should definitely be on your list of convenient restaurants to visit during your stay in Japan.
Yakitori Center Website *Japanese only
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