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“Bad food at exorbitant prices!”
Review of Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

My family and I visited this much-hyped alley for dinner tonight and left feeling cheated and disappointed. As there were five of us and the kids were hungry, we selected one yakitori restaurant that had enough seats. Big mistake! The restaurant was near the north end of the alley. The food was below average and the chicken did not taste fresh. The biggest shock came with the bill. It cost 10,000 yen, when our own calculations based on the menu prices came up to only 6,000 at most. After some queries, they admitted that there was a table charge of 350 yen per person and the tofu appetizer they gave us (which we thought was complimentary as it was just plain tofu) cost another 350 yen per person. None of these was made known to us upfront and only explained when we questioned them. This incident has marred our otherwise perfect Tokyo trip so far. Quite a shame to have such a thing happen in Japan!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Recommended by a friend of mine and visited here recently. The ambience and feel of the eateries in the narrow alley is very good. We been into one of the bigger one with more tables. We had some sashimi and grilled fish, food is not bad and price is reasonable. We really have a good time. This is our first time in Tokyo, for sure we will visit here again.

1  Thank Chiang T
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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.

1  Thank allrite
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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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