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Why Hajimeya is special ?
The menu lists some regular yakitori in both Japanese and Romaji (Romanized letters that will allow you to pronounce the items, but not necessarily recognize them; ask the chef and he might know in English, or at least point to his body to give you an idea!), but what distinguishes Hajimeya from other places is the toriwasa: chicken that's grilled on the outside, but raw on the inside.
The chef uses extraordinarily fresh chicken, so it's generally quite safe to eat. And delicious. The rawness adds another dimension to the textural contrasts that make yakitori so fun to eat. The chicken is grilled over binchotan charcoal and flavored simply with a tare sauce (generally soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar), or just plain old salt. Order as little or as much at a time as you'd like; prices range from 129 yen (about $1.25) for torikawayaki, or crispy chicken skin, to 302 yen (about $3) for tebasaki (chicken wings). In addition to the skewers, we heartily recommend "melty" reba (liver), wonderfully tender seseri (neck), and crunchysunagimo (gizzard), as well as an admittedly more adventurous order of chouchin: ovary combined with an egg that you break for dipping, the whole thing full of rich, earthy flavor.
- One of the best yakitori
- Best izakaya in ALL of Shinjuku
- Food is good and cheap
- Superior Japanese Yakitori restaurant
- Great experience
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast YES
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 歌舞伎町１丁目２６−７, カワノビル１F
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This is a must every time we're in Tokyo. Their specialty is "Kawa" which is chicken skin skewers. Like no other Kawa you'll find. It is a little pricey, and max 2 kawa skewers per diner but it's really not to be missed! Other favourite is "Bonjelli" also known as the pastors nose or chicken butt lol. Don't be deterred by the name, its unbelievable. To drink I recommend the cloudy Sake!!!! You may need to make a booking, they're often full so keep that in mind. It isn't exactly cheap, but you're on Holidays so enjoy yourself! Visited June 2015
Delicious chicken skewers. They serve basically almost any part of the chicken - including its ovaries! The ovaries come with a nicely prepared egg yolk, for you to pierce and dip. Almost everything we ordered tasted fantastic. The chicken thighs were delicious and juicy. The chicken livers were also done just nice, so it was just cooked and still juicy. Try their tail joints - they are oily and sinful but oh, so damn good. Visited October 2015
This is both a restaurant and izakaya. I accidentally entered though the restaurant doors..since I was solo you have to go to the bar around the corner. At first I thought they were a no gaijin place but then I realized there was a separate bar entrance. The bar is really cool..very lively place with a decent amount of seating for the small size. Lots of different types of people..families, locals, tourists, etc. It was very fun! I sat at the bar and ordered a bunch of different types of yakitori. I really enjoyed some of the weird ones like ovaries..seriously just try it!! I also had some pretty tasty sake. Service was quick and friendly. They spoke a little english too. This was my last stop for a quick bite before leaving Tokyo to head back home..a fitting last stop I think.