Not far from Tokyo Station is one of my go-to yakitori shops. Isehiro has been grilling chicken skewers for over one hundred years (est. 1921). The tsukune chicken balls, my favorite in the city, have a meaty texture. Isehiro calls these dango on their menu.
When I worked at Takashimaya depachika down the street I sometimes came to Isehiro for their lunch special – three skewers over a bowl of rice for 1,300 yen ($9.50). The special is available after 1:00 p.m.
Isehiro built a new multi-story restaurant two years ago. I miss the charm of the old shop but the yakitori and lovely warm service is unchanged. I love sitting at the counter watching the smoke rise from the charcoal and the chef dusting the skewers with salt or dipping in taré sauce.
Isehiro has a few branches including Ginza and Nihonbashi Takashimaya.
Chuo-ku, Kyobashi 1-4-9