Minami-Aoyama: Top Yakitori
Sequestered on a side street between the edgy fashion districts of Harajuku and Aoyama, Torimasa, a tiny, cheerful yakitori restaurant, provides welcome relief for famished shoppers roaming nearby Omotesando Hills. Free-range Nagoya Cochin chicken, a tender breed, is the specialty here. The set menu pairs miso soup and donburi—rice topped with five bamboo skewers of white or dark meat that are drizzled with tare sauce (made with mirin, sake, and soy) and grilled over natural charcoal. Garnish with scallions, searing-hot Japanese green peppers, or wasabi paste. The tsukune, or chicken meatballs, are best accompanied by cold Kirin beer. Lunch for two $20.