April 17, 2016
Ohhhh yesss. We’re finally doing a video on Iseya! This place was right beside our service apartment. We ate here regularly when we first came to Japan. We were confused here profusely, before we could read Hiragana or Katakana. This restaurant has a special place in our hearts.
As soon as we saw this place, we knew we wanted to shoot it. The vibe here is great, and the smoke just looks so cool. Everyone working inside looked really serious, so we didn’t shoot a video right away. We ate here a bunch of times and got to know the menu and staff before committing to making a video on it. We also needed a better lens. It’s hard to shoot the atmosphere of this place with all of the wide lenses we use. So we got a telephoto lens, finally, so we could get shots here without being in everyone’s faces.
But it didn’t seem like they minded. They were super happy to have us there, and asked what we were doing. When we told them we were shooting a video to share online, they started posing in front of the camera and laughing. Then one of them came back and said in a really grumpy voice “Oh! You are famous YouTuber!” I have no idea how they found out. Did they see one of our videos? That doesn’t matter: we thought we were dead. This was it. They’ve got serious tattoos on them, and we’re shooting a video here, and they think we’re famous. We’re gonna get scolded. Instead, he looked at us and gave us a big thumbs up. Awesome! I really hope they like the video if they see it!
Also, super special part of the night is when we had to make room for another person. We were three people at a table for four, and so the waiters had us move over a bit so a solo eater could come sit with us. He sat down, said hello, and asked if we’re traveling. We told him, no, we live here in Kichijoji, and asked him if he lives closeby. He said, no, he’s a traveler…FROM KOREA! KOREA! PANGAPSEUBNIDA! Nice to meet you! We then started talking in Korean with him, though he really wanted to speak English, but we were too excited. He went to Hongik University, and we told him that our studio used to be right beside it. Then we told him about more places he should visit in Tokyo. And we were very happy. We were also a bit turnt from all of the Shochu. But we were happy.
Here is a list of some of our favorite Yakitori sticks. Every location has a different sauce and different taste so if you didn’t like it once at one location, you might like it again at another. Try try again!
– momo もも chicken thigh (if it’s expensive, it might be a huge piece rather than a skewer)
– negima ねぎま spring onion
– negiyaki ねぎ焼き grilled spring onion
– tsukune つくね chicken meatballs
– tori-kawa とりかわ chicken skin, grilled until crispy
– toriniku 鶏肉 all white chicken meat on a skewer (salted or sauced)
– hatsu ハート chicken heart
– rebā レバー chicken liver
I hope you get the chance to check this place out. It’s great, it’s historic, it’s got a great vibe and cheap food. It’s iconic. It’s called Iseya, and the address is 東京都武蔵野市御殿山1-2-1 いせや吉祥寺ビル in Japanese or Tokyo, Musashino-shi, Gotenyama 1-2-1 in English. It’s pretty much right beside Kichijoji Station and Inokashira Park. Go! Do go!
Lastly, we’ve got some extra scenes if you want to see a little more. Check em out!