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Kushiwakamaru

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1-19-2 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3715-9292
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most Authentic Yakatori - Experience to Remember

This is a hidden gem in one of the suburbs of Tokyo. We had to queue for a table for four people, and it is cosy when you are in there, but well worth the wait and the squeeze. Not your typical tourist restaurant, and that is why it is so good. The menu is brilliantly clean and simple, with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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London, England
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London, England
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a hidden gem in one of the suburbs of Tokyo. We had to queue for a table for four people, and it is cosy when you are in there, but well worth the wait and the squeeze. Not your typical tourist restaurant, and that is why it is so good. The menu is brilliantly clean and simple, with... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Busy place, tight squeeze somewhat. People queuing outside for a valid reason too. Food was out of this world. Reasonably priced. Service was good, atmosphere good, but the yakitori was the best I've had. Ever. No more words are needed for this place, just go there instead. I will. Again.

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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Wakamatsu has been in business in the late 90s. It just shows that it has preserve its food quality. Definitely if you are looking for good quality Japanese Yakitori in Nakameguro. This is a place to go BUT you will have to wait in line. So come early around 6pm or after 8:45 pm so that you don't have to... More 

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Asia
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I've never found skewers so delicious. The place is very down to earth, no frills or pretension. The atmosphere is very friendly with mixtures of patrons, foreign and local, swanky and frumpy, rich and modest. This is the joint all food lovers head to.

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Nogent-sur-Marne, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Yakitori was very good. Count 270 yen / piece. The service is good but not so warm. Expect a little surprise on your bill at the end. I explain: When I arrived the waiter gave me a bowl of green beans, I asked him "What is this?" he answered me "Just for appetizer", I replied "Ah ok thank you... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Was introduced to Kushiwakamaru when living as an ex-pat in Japan back in the 90's, it was a favorite hangout back then and all the great memories flooded back during a first-time-since return visit with family this past April. A bit off the beaten trail (good directions in other reviews) but a great eat-like-the-locals / friendly to non-Japanese (english menu... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with friends who live here & told me I had to visit. Had to wait 20 minutes but definitely worth the wait. We were lucky enough to sit at the counter and were able to see the chefs in action. The food was absolutely sensational! Great atmosphere too - locals were more than happy to try to... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Went there last night, the tripadvisor map is accurate but the name on the door is only in japanese... Except that you can read the word Yakitori. Upstairs is another restaurant called mau coba, and on the left is a huge thing called hinomaru. It's a 2 min walk from the naka meguro metro station. Now for the place itself,... More 

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

I don' know if it is really the best one, but surely it has been the beat for me for the last 16 years. Great atmosphere, fantastic tebasaki and tsukune, .. and great memories.

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Dorset
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We chose this restaurant for several reasons. It was rated well by the Guardian recently, and we really fancied some Yakitori. We were not disappointed, and had a fantastic evening, particularly since we were seated with a delightful couple who generously treated us to a variety of dishes, as well as liberal sake. As hoped, there were some tempting but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-19-2 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Meguro>  > Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3715-9292

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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