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“Great yakitori experience”
Review of Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho
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Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Look no further for a delicious, authentic yakitori night out! Libation encouraged! Select the restaurant carefully, but expect fresh food with welcoming locals. Solid choice for the front end of a memorable night in Tokyo.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

It's a fascinating narrow alley of tiny bars serving beer and yakiniku (grilled skewers). There's a noodle stall at the southern end that serves the best udon and soba. When we first visited a decade ago the chef was surprised to see a westerner. Now we are just one of his many repeat customers.

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Reviewed April 25, 2012

I went to three places here: Bar Albatross, かめや (Kameya), and 焼き鳥太郎 (Yakitori Taro). The first two I heartily recommend, the last I do not.

Bar Albatross is a great small bar with wonderful, dense decor. The first floor is good for quiet conversation, either with the bartenders (if you speak Japanese) or with fellow guests. The second floor is noisier, and I'm told you can also hang out on the roof. I highly recommend their shiso-shochu cocktail.

Kameya is a great soba place. It has no indoor seating, and don't expect to luxuriate in conversation here, as there are typically people waiting in line. But the line moves fast, and so does the delicious soba and exceptionally crunchy tempura. The soba was very flavorful and resilient (strong コシ).

At Yakitori Taro, we made the mistake of accepting a seat in the dingy second floor, as opposed to sitting face-to-face with the chefs. It seemed like we got deprioritized, as service was way slow, even during off-peak late lunch hours. The place also charges a seat charge, which adds up in a party of 4. There are just so many other great options literally meters away in Omoide Yokocho that this need not be tolerated.

All in all, Omoide Yokocho was a reliable place to get good, cheap eats for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The ambiance is also a nice authentic blast from the Meiji-era postwar past. A must-visit if you're based in Shinjuku.

3  Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

You can enjoy a traditional Japanese sake bar. It's very recommended for foreign tourists!

1  Thank rachaelsan
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

Shinjuku Yakitori Alley is not as hard to find as some may say. It is located near the West Exit of JR Shinjuku. Walk past Uniqlo and turn right before heading down an alley on the left.

Once there you'll find that it is alive with working man chilling after working hours. It's an interesting place to go.

To find out how to get to Yakitori Alley, read here for details: http://life-bite.blogspot.com/2011/06/great-food-finds-in-tokyo-japan.html

2  Thank Meiz
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