- Yakitori meets teppanyaki
- Chicken isn’t the only bird on the menu
- Travelers welcome
- Enjoy an Ehime experience
Yakitori meets teppanyaki
Naturally, yakitori is the first thing that you’ll want to order upon settling into this cozy, down-home establishment. (Well, actually you should probably order a nice cold beer first, but I digress…) However, you may be surprised when your order arrives. You’ll find no wooden skewers in this grilled chicken. Things are done differently in Imabari, and what we know as yakitori is more like teppanyaki—grilled on an iron plate.
This cooking style, combined with an array of fresh ingredients, sumptuous sauces, and zesty seasoning make Toryu’s offerings incredibly addicting. Good luck following the “hara hachi bu” rule here—you’ll be hard pressed not to order everything on the menu.
Toryu’s cooking style and recipes are so unique that they give an entirely different meaning to yakitori classics such as chicken skin. Even if you aren’t typically a fan of something like chicken skin, give it a second chance at Toryu. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Chicken isn’t the only bird on the menu
Still have room for more? One of Toryu’s hidden gems is an extensive ostrich menu. Yes, that’s right, ostrich. A rare treat in Tokyo, Toryu offers a variety of ostrich dishes including sashimi, steak, carpaccio, and sausage. Go all in and try the sashimi. It has a rich, light flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
Without any English-language marketing or signboards, Toryu might be a bit intimidating for those visiting Japan. Don’t let that deter you, though. The proprietor, Masaoka-san, has gone out of his way to provide an extensive set of English menus.
That being said, translations for daily or weekly specials may not always be available. So, don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation. Masaoka-san will happily oblige.
Enjoy an Ehime experience
If you’re traveling to Japan and can’t make it to Shikoku, a visit to Toryu is the next best thing. Tokyo has more restaurants than you can visit in a lifetime, and the fact that this humble Araki-Cho eatery is so memorable says a lot. If you are a fan of grilled chicken (skewered or otherwise), you owe it to yourself to spend an evening at Toryu.
For smartphone users, please click the link below to go to the Tadaima Japan website that includes the place information: