If you had the chance to visit Japan, even for a very short period of time, I am sure you felt that the local food is one of the best reasons to visit the country.
I guarantee you that you can spend an entire month eating every day (and night) without repeating dishes. Your mouth will be exposed to a wide variety of textures, temperatures, flavors and feelings. Something that is hard to achieve anywhere else.
This variety and how much I enjoy eating, make me go hunting and trying new restaurants constantly. And Tokyo is “the place” to do it. You will not be able to avoid the tiny but endless amount of restaurants all over. Each specializes in one ingredient or one method of cooking.
So you have tempura shops, ramen joints, sushi bars, yakitori spots, among others.
The specialty I die for is Yakitori. Although this may sound fancy, is anything else than simple, common but perfect grilled chicken. So perfect that, for the end of the article, you may be starting to make plans for your next yakitori move.
If so, please do not forget to write down “FUKU”. This smoky, crowdie but irresistible place for perfect yakitori is located in a quiet almost hidden street of Shibuya area.
The menu is long enough to choose as many choices as you want. Every dish comes on a stick. Simplicity yes, but delicious, even more.
Let yourself dive into the chef’s creations.
・Neginiku (leek or shallot with chicken thigh).
・Tebasaki (chicken wings)
・Onigiri (grilled rice ball)
・Tori-wasa (raw chicken with wasabi and soy sauce)
・Besides the usual cuts of chicken, there are lots of good things wrapped in bacon, such as asparagus or mushrooms.
・My favorites ever: skin, tail and neck
Please, pare them with local sake or beer. And let the party go until you are ready for your next step.
Only 3 blocks away from Fuku, in an even quieter street, you will find “BAR NAKAGAWA”. A peculiar bar that looks like an igloo from outside and even more sophisticated from inside.
The highlight for me, is the barman and owner. An expert genius. A kind and dedicated young man who will take care of you as much as he takes care of your drinks.
Everything is well organized and executed. The modern and clean design, the fancy chinaware, the classic music, the well chosen books… everything shows that details count.No menus but uncountable choices.
My suggestion: if you are the one who likes cocktails with fruits, during season, try the golden kiwi or grapes with champagne. Give a chance to the Moscow mule, the Negroni or try one of his specialized selections of cognac.
Otherwise, just let the barman choose the drinks for you. Let your dreams come true.
Fuku: 3-23-4 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Phone: 03-3485-3234; Timing: 17:30 - 23:30 hours (Closed - Wednesdays); Nearest Station -Yoyogi Uehara.
Bar Nakagawa: Fine Building, 3-25-5 Nishihara, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo; Phone: 03-5453-0560; Timing: 19:00 - 04:00 hours (Closed - Tuesdays); Nearest Station: Yoyogi Hachiman.