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This Shibuya-famous yakitori spot might become Manila’s best chicken resto

This Shibuya-famous yakitori spot might become Manila’s best chicken resto

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There’s a hole-in-the-wall in Shibuya that attracts queues of locals and tourists hungry for yakitori or skewered chicken (and the dining experience). Toritake has become so popular, its corner lot area had to make use of its vertical space, making it a three-story open-air izakaya of chicken meals, alcohol, and remarkable memories.

It’s been there since 1963, but the family behind the business decided to branch out of Japan just last year. And now, there’s Toritake in UP Town Center, Quezon City. It’s actually fitting as Filipinos are one of its top foreign customers in Japan.

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Although Toritake’s branch in UP Town Center isn’t as laid back as Shibuya‘s, the yakitori meals are prepared as authentic as they can be.

Although different in setup, as the one we have here isn’t as extremely casual as Shibuya’s, the grilled chicken dishes will surely make it up to you. Toritake follows a 55-year-old tradition of grilling chicken and using carefully-sourced ingredients to ensure the fares’ authenticity.

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Toritake director and executive chef Yusuke Teruya has been training the staff to preserve the quality of the yakitori resto’s dishes. Photo courtesy of Toritake

They also make sure that the chickens they cook weigh more than two kilograms (expect bigger servings!) and aren’t stored in a freezer to preserve their quality.

Here’s what you can expect at Toritake:

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Start off with this umami-filled Toritake Special Soup
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These tender chicken tail skewers are perfect with Sapporo beer
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Momoyaki or grilled quarter chicken seasoned with salt and pepper. You can also have it drenched in yakitori sauce.
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Chicken ketchup rice
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Yakitori rice bowl which already feeds two persons
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Chicken karaage, a personal favorite


Featured image courtesy of Toritake

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Writer: YAZHMIN MALAJITO © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.