This is “haute yakitori” – dynamite yakitori (various bits of chicken cooked on skewers) in fashionable surroundings.
Yakitori restaurants are usually smoky joints filled with half-drunk salarymen puffing on Mild Sevens as though they were in some sort of secret competition with the chicken griller to see who could produce the most smoke. Torito is a wonderful exception to this stereotype – it’s a small, stylish, narrow hallway of a restaurant where the chefs turn out some incredible yakitori and a whole variety of related dishes. I just wish it were easier to get into this place – you might have to wait a few minutes.
If you need help with getting reservations, you can book many Michelin-starred Kyoto restaurants online with GoVoyagin. Be aware you pay a fee simply for the reservation – your meal is not included.
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Name in Japanese:
1F Kamihara Building, 9-5 Higashimaruta-cho, Kawabata-higashi-iru, Marutamachi-dori, Sakyo-ku
Closed Tuesday (The month without the fifth Tuesday closed fourth Wednesday)
Non-smoking area: No
Neighboring Jingu Marutamachi Station Exit 4, Keihan line
Official site (Japanese)
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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