We can all breathe a sigh of relief, because there’s no need to fly all the way to Japan just to try out Toritake’s famous authentic yakitori! The hole-in-the-wall eatery first rose to fame in Shibuya, Japan in 1963. And since then, it’s become the go-to spot for many locals and consequently, a dining hotspot for tourists. Today, the main branch in Shibuya already consists of three floors, just to be able to cater the long queues.
Yakitori, which basically means ‘grilled chicken on a stick’, is a popular dish in Japan with an intricate process which involves choosing the right ingredients and using unique grilling techniques. “Through the different innovations in Japanese cuisine, yakitori has been prepared and served in Japan in many various ways, but Toritake remains loyal to traditional Japanese eating,”says Yusuke Teruya, the director and executive chef of Toritake.
This just proves how the diner is yet another testament to the Japanese’ eye for detail, which is clearly evident in their traditional yet meticulous standards in the kitchen, especially when making their well-loved chicken sticks. For instance, the strictness includes the meat weighing precisely two kilograms. It must not also be frozen or thawed to guarantee tender, tastier, and juicier yakitori.
Aside from their exceptional yakitori, expect some Japanese cuisine steals to hit the Philippine menu. There’s grilled chicken breast, chicken tail ajishio, hock ajishio – all doused in their signature yakitori sauce. They also have the Tsumire or chicken meatballs with bell peppers on hand for those who’d want a bit more feist in their meals. Our personal favorite besides their classic yakitori? Definitely their chicken karaage and potato salad! Don’t forget to try them out too when you visit!
With the Pinoys’ love for chicken and grilled food, it is quite the strategic move to open their first international branch in the Philippines – definitely a match made in heaven! And just like their Japanese branch, Toritake PH also has big servings for you Japanese food lovers. A good value for money that sets the bar high for a great dining experience.
Located at UP Town Center in Quezon City. Toritake will be opening its doors to the Filipinos on June 29, 2018! Make sure to drop by and experience the best of traditional Japanese fares, even without leaving the country!
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