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“Very good!”
Review of Toriki

Ranked #24 of 2,372 Restaurants in Sumida
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 September 2013

It is a small place and it was full. Als in previous review we had to wait two hours, so try to reserve! It was worth waiting though. Excellent food, authentic Japanese atmosphere and good service. We went for the course. Sounds as a lot of food but is in Japanese portions so the just amount of food. Very recommandable.

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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Wow! I've eaten in many top restaurants in Japan, but this meal was my most memorable.

We stumbled upon this restaurant through a lucky accident :) We had learnt about yakitori through Anthony Bourdain's show which featured a restaurant that is also called Toriki. Our tripadvisor search had found this one though (which has a Michelin star by the way). Although we didn't have reservations, we were able to get seated after two hours. During the wait we went to Tokyo Sky Tree which was very nice.

The great thing about this restaurant was that it was all locals so it felt very authentic. The patrons all seemed like regulars and had good repertoire with the chef. We had the omakase which is the chef's choice. It was about 6 or 7 courses, all small yet very tasteful and artfully presented. It was our first time having chicken sashimi, which we enjoyed. Everything that we ate was the best tasting part of chicken that we've ever had (the liver and the heart were my favorites).

The chef was very nice. Although his English was not strong, we communicated with him and sometimes other diners translated for us. Everyone was very nice.

Our bill for two, with beer, was under $100. It doesn't get better value than that in Tokyo.

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5  Thank john_in_sf123
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

great yakitori place...first time to eat chicken sashimi...taste great! owner/chef even volunteered to have a photograph with us! definitely a must try in tokyo...

2  Thank schummyManila
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

although i've been to japan many times, have never had a real yakitori meal coz i've always reserved the limit meals to sushi, wagyu, crabs and kaiseiki. Have had some really good tebasaki (chicken wings) in Nagoya, where they originally invented the dish but never thought yakitori would be any different from grilled chicken skewers anywhere else in the world. I realized what I've missed all these years when i first ate at toriki a couple of years back. And I've always scheduled a yakitori meal with toriki every time i went to tokyo after that.

toriki is a michelin 1 star restaurant though the guide is not that highly regarded in japan and many local connoisseurs would not even give the michelin list any consideration.

Although not in the busiest area of shinjuku or shibuya, toriki is only about 3 min walk from kinshicho metro or jr station and close to one of the largest 100yen stores in the city.

The food menu has no price in it, so it can be very intimidating for the first-timer. Everyone goes for omakase (chef's menu) and could order some additional items as pleases. Price is around 3500-5500yen per person without drinks and about 6000-8000yen with drinks.

The chef controls the temperature of the stove with a hand fan and everything is cooked to perfection. some items are meant to be only partially cooked and i was a little worried the first time i ate it. the worries gone away when i had my first bite of sabiyaki, pieces of chicken breast cooked on the outside, raw inside with a little wasabi on top. It just melts in ur mouth with a slight hint of wasabi. really compares to some of the best sushi i've ever had. my friends were less advenurous and asked them to cook everything well done and they still loved everything. The liver was also partially cooked and can compare to the best foie gras at any michelin 3 star restaurant. some parts are rarer and usually not included in the chefs menu but are not to be missed: chouchin, hatsumoto, etc. but these are organs, just for people's info. chef would alternate chicken with veggie skewers to create a good balance.

If i were michelin, i would give this restaurant a 3 star hands down.

highly recommended and must reserve well in advance.

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7  Thank david g
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Reviewed 13 November 2017
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