REVIEW

Ganchan

This smoky, cluttered, noisy yakitori-ya in Roppongi Hills is an atmospheric and fun way to experience one of Japan’s most delicious culinary subgenres.  Yakitori, literally “grilled chicken”, involves charcoal-broiled chicken and other meats and vegetables that are threaded on a bamboo skewer and then grilled over charcoal.  While there are some upscale yakitori-ya, its origins lie in the street vendors and izakaya of Japan, and thus this rustic, intimate, convivial ambience is the true way to experience it.

Almost every item on the menu is delicious, but the best are the asparagus roll with bacon, the negima (chicken legs and leek), the nekku (chicken neck), the Japanese beef grilled with garlic, the tukune (chicken meatball), and the siso maki (shiso – translated as Japanese basil on the English menu – rolled with bacon).  The service can be slow and strained, and it can also be uncomfortably cramped – after the seats ran out, they tried to squeeze several more people in by wedging a bench between some diners.

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INFORMATION

Roppongi
6-8-23 Roppongi, Minato-ku
+81 3 3478-0092
Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-1:30am; Sun, 5:30pm-midnight

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