Munching on Grilled Chicken Cartilage or Soft Bones in a Yaki-Tori restaurant was on my "Things to Eat" list in Tokyo. For many, eating Chicken Bones may not sound very appetizing but it is one of my favorite food and it is rarely served in most Japanese Restaurants outside of Japan.
Not knowing which restaurant to visit we asked our friend Okada-San who led us to one of his favorite Yaki-Tori restaurant in Shimbashi. I have no idea what this place is called since it was in Japanese.
The menu was in Japanese and English and consisted of all things Chicken. White Meat, Dark Meat, Wing Tips, Chicken Wings and Soft Bones every part of the chicken is skewered, grilled and served.
The Salad was very good! It had a good zing and was quite acidic. The Greens were very crisp and refreshing.
The Dipping Sauce consisted of Grated Radish, Yuzu and a Raw Egg
Grilled Chicken Soft Bones
The one thing that I so crave for every time I'm in Tokyo. The Bones had a nice soft crunch with and was surrounded by some fatty tissue giving it a boost in flavor.
Grilled Chicken Meat with Leeks
The Grilled Chicken Meat had a nice smoky flavor from the Charcoal and was mildly sweet from the Marinade. The Leeks had a nice sweetness from being caramelized through grilling.
Dango (Grilled Minced Chicken Skewer)
The Chef recommended us to try this. It is basically a Minced Chicken Skewer that contained Garlic, Spring Onion, Ground Pork and some other Spices.It was very moist and well seasoned.
Grilled Chicken Gizzard
Another favorite of mine! The Gizzard was seasoned and cooked just right. It had springy and chewy texture. No foul flavor whatsoever.
We were actually stuffed from Dinner before coming to this place. But it was so good that I actually ate ten skewers four of which were the Grilled Soft Bones =). Anyone visiting Japan should definitely visit a Yaki-Tori Restaurant and try it.
Price: $$ (Approximately USD $25 per person)
Address: Around Shimbashi where all the Izakayas are located