Tsukiji Toritoh

Toritoh Mizutaki

Toritoh Mizutaki

Over the winter break it was announced that Tsukiji Inner Market (Tsukiji Jonai) will be moving to its new home in November of 2016. We have been very busy with our Food Sake Tokyo tours as customers are wanting to see the historic market before then. I have written about Toritoh in the Tsukiji Outer Market (Tsukiji Jogai) in the past:

https://foodsaketokyo.com/2014/10/25/tsukiji-market-toritoh-鳥藤/

https://foodsaketokyo.com/2012/12/18/tsukiji-market-cheap-eats-toritoh-chicken/

Today I would like to introduce to Toritoh in the inner market. The same shop, just a different location, and more importantly, a completely different menu.

Mizutaki is a classic chicken soup often found in Kyushu in Southern Japan. The version at Toritoh has a rich stock and chicken still on the bone, making it a bit challenging to eat, but worth the effort. The chicken is rough chopped and there are some bits of bones in the soup, not for delicate eaters. This dish is rich in umami and will have you smacking your lips even after you have left the shop.

Toritoh Singapore Chicken

Toritoh Singapore Chicken

I loved the first bit of the Singapore chicken as it reminded me of when we lived in Singapore. But after a while I realized the water the chicken was cooked in was over salted on this day, and the sweet soy sauce they had was not authentic. The rice was cooked in a chicken stock which was nicely done.

Toritoh Kara-age

Toritoh Kara-age

I was enjoying my chicken breakfasts so much that I went back once more for the kara-agé (fried chicken). This was by far my favorite. The chicken is juicy and served hot, just out of the frying pan. As we are in the middle of winter, I will be going back soon. It’s too cold to have sushi first thing in the morning.

One of the other pleasures of passing time here is the lovely, low voice of one of the older cooks in the kitchen. His voice is one of a fishmonger, deep and resonant. Just listening to him repeat orders or call out thank-you to customers as they left the restaurant was a pleasure.

Toritoh Exterior

Toritoh Exterior

The oyako-don, mother-and-child dish of eggs and chicken over rice is also a popular item at Toritoh. There is a small take-out window in front and many of the tourists over the three days were buying chicken dishes to take home. Most of the customers were fishmongers coming in for a quick meal after their work in the market. These guys would open the door and call out their order and pre-pay for the meal as soon as they were seated. The tourists, myself included, would carefully peruse the menu and see what others were eating before ordering, and then would pay when we were done eating. It’s fun to eat elbow-to-elbow with the fishmongers. I am sure this will change when the market moves to the new location in Toyosu.

Toritoh at Tsukiji Inner Market

鳥めし 鳥藤場内店 (とりめし とりとうじょうないてん)

Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 5-2-1, Building #8

Hours 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Tips for Visiting Tsukiji Market

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These signs are posted at one of the entry points to the inner market (jōnai) of Tsukiji Market. Some great tips here for visiting the inner market.

Most importantly, stay out of the way of the workers. It is a working market, so be aware of workers trying to get around you.

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The inner market opens to the general public at 9:00 a.m.

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Avoid going into the market in large groups.

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So obvious yet there are still visitors pushing around their kiddies in strollers in the inner market.

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Love this. No flip-flop.

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Of course, don’t touch the product.

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Hey dude.

Some other tips for visiting Tsukiji Market include the following:

Wear comfortable shoes that can get wet.

Travel lightly. No large backpacks or rolling suitcases.

Photos are fine, but no flash as the fishmongers are working with knives and it’s dangerous.

Great shops selling knives, tea, and more in the outer market. Note that many of these are cash only shops.

Be sure to check out the Tsukiji Market calendar online to see if it is open. Usually closed every Sunday and every other Wednesday, but not always.

To see what the new Toyosu Market will look like when the inner market of Tsukiji moves, check out the Tokyo Ichiba Project Museum.

Start your morning with Tsukiji’s best coffee at Turret Coffee, which opens at 7 a.m.

We offer tours of Tsukiji Market. Details are here about Food Sake Tokyo tours.

An article I wrote about Tsukiji Market and some key shops worth visiting for The Japan Times.