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Torikizoku: 280 Yen Everything!

July 15, 2016

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Oh yes! This is one of the chains we visit most in Japan. Almost as much as we visit Cococurry. Almost. Torikizoku: it’s amazing, and you’ll see it everywhere in Japan.

Our friends Zach and Becky in Kobe introduced us a while ago, and we fell in love with it. When they came to visit us in Tokyo afterwards and we were walking around Kichijoji they asked us if we went to a Torikizoku since we visited them in Kobe, and we said we didn’t because we didn’t know where to find one. Literally, we just looked up at the second floor of the building we were closest to, and voila, a Torikizoku was right there. We looked it up online afterwards and found that Kichijoji had three Torikizokus. Three! All of them right above us as we walked around town, and we didn’t even know. Now we do. Now, we always look up at second floors to see what goodies they have to offer.

Some great things about this place: English menus! And when the English might not make sense, then the menus have lots of pictures. Very tourist friendly. And, as you saw in the video, it’s not a quiet place. It’s loud and bumping, and has super great energy. And though it’s not entirely vegetarian, we’ve gone with some vegetarian friends and they at well there, even though most of the items have meat. That mochi-mochi cheese is divine, and the cucumbers are so delicious. In fact, the Torikizoku website has a whole chart that breaks every item on the menu down according to allergies, nutritional info, calories, and lots more. That’s probably the most useful chart I’ve ever seen since moving here to Japan. I hope there are more like them in the future!

A couple of things that are challenging: it can get really smoky in there, especially on a busy night, and with tables so tightly packed in there, the smoke can be hard to avoid. There are a few locations, however, that are non-smoking. There are four altogether, I think. Kichijoji has one of them! Also, because it’s so busy, if you plan on going on a weekend, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to wait. We had to wait for an hour once, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to go on the weekend. And because it’s so busy, going in larger groups is always more challenging than going with just two people. But you can book it in advance, fortunately.

If you’d like to go to one yourself, you can check out their website or you can look them up on Google Maps. Bring friends! And if you’d like to see some extra scenes from our night out, we’ve got them below!

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  1. Does Japan still have Smoking in bars and restaurants??? That has been banned in Ireland for over 10 years now.

    9 months ago
  2. ^_^ I’ve only had time to watch the bloopers since I’m travelling but it was *really* nice to see you guise so comfortably eating & just being yourselves because the background noise of the restaurant didn’t mandate any “hushed voices”. I haven’t seen Simon that animated & happy in a food outing in a while… But then again, it could just have been the ranch ^_~! Love you guise & am sooo looking forward to watching the main vid soon <3!

    1 year ago
    • Ha! Ranch will do that to me :D

      But, yeah. We try to be respectful and hushed when we go out, and it’s fun once in a while to go to places where we don’t have to moderate our expressions very much. This was a lot of fun to film :D

      1 year ago
  3. So inspired by this video, I’ve just made my own chilli oil and I’m going to make my own spiced cucumbers, soft centred eggs with salad and grilled, spiced free-range chicken for dinner this evening. :)

    1 year ago
    • WOW! Please let me know how the cucumbers turn out. We’re trying to make our own, but we haven’t found the right mixture yet. Soon, I hope!

      1 year ago
  4. That looks soooooo good!!! I really wanted to reach through the screen and grab those cucumbers and the beef. I’m a sucker for cucumbers in their many and varied forms. Also, barbecue. Barbecue is the main reason I don’t think I could go vegetarian, I just love it too much. I’m really impressed that they list the allergens for you online. I don’t think I’ll ever manage to visit Japan (much as I’d like to) but if I do I would totally go there. I used to love trying all sorts of different foods, but ever since I developed some food allergies I’ve been a little more scared of trying things that I don’t know what might be in it. I’m also a bit jealous of these big green onions that I keep seeing with the food videos. I haven’t seen anything even near like that size at the grocery stores by me, but they look like they would be super great with kabobs!

    1 year ago
  5. This was such a fun video with lots of great energy! I love these little glimpses into a different culture with the two of you chatting about the glory of Japanese eggs and doing silly happy dances. I’m really curious to try mochi, it sounds interesting!

    1 year ago
  6. So much delicious foodporn!! Shouldn’t have watched this in the middle of the night.. really craving right now xD

    1 year ago
  7. Zee

    mochi!,we finally have an Asian grocery store in our town and they sell mochi

    1 year ago