A Michelin-Starred Restaurant! Torishiki, the Most Difficult Yakitori Restaurant in Japan to Get a Reservation For!
This video is a documentary on the yakitori restaurant "Torishiki," a restaurant just a few minutes away from Meguro Station in Shinagawa, Tokyo, which was introduced in a BS Fuji production of "Palais de Z - The Future of Deliciousness."
The video is narrated and facilitated by Masahiro Takashima.
Yoshiteru Ikekawa, the owner of Torishiki, was originally a businessman.
On his birthday, he visited the famous yakitori restaurant "Toriyoshi" in Nakameguro, Tokyo, with his then wife. The visit had a profound impact on him and at the age of 27, he quit his job and entered an apprenticeship.
After less than seven years of training, he started his own business at the age of 34.
Torishiki's yakitori is grilled with binchotan charcoal and finished with 50 year old sauce, chicken fat, sake, soy sauce, soup stock, and olive oil, all of which he learned to utilize during his apprenticeship.
The yakitori is so popular that it has been called the "most difficult yakitori restaurant in Japan to get a reservation for."
Torishiki was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide just three years after becoming an independent restaurant.
Currently, he and his like-minded companions have formed a group called "Yakitori Tatsujin" (yakitori experts) and are focusing their efforts to share yakitori with the world.
They also have a store in Manhattan, New York, which was introduced in the video, where they operate under the name "Torien."
In Japan, they have Torikado in Meguro, Tokyo; Torioka in Roppongi, Tokyo; and Torisaki in Kyoto.
In the video, Yoshiteru Ikegawa, the owner of Torishiki, talks about his thoughts on yakitori and his commitment to it.
Be sure to check out the video to see his passion in action.
◆Torishiki Store Information◆
【Address】2-14-12 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo
【Access】2 minutes from Meguro Station by foot
【Hours】18:00-22:00 (Last entry)
【Closures】Sundays and Mondays