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From Kyoto to Manila, Tori Ichi is an underrated Japanese franchise specializing in yakitori grilled on binchotan (Japanese charcoal).
Fun fact: "Yaki" means grilling, "tori" means chicken.
There are over 30 different kinds of yakitori on their menu, which includes grilled and seasoned chicken, beef, pork, vegetables and offals.
Tori Ichi first opened in BGC in December of 2015 simply serving yakitori, a few donburi and alcohol pairing. Unlike the Philippine brick and mortar shops, Tori Ichi Japan are mere small izakaya street bars that only serves yakitori and beer pairings.
Today, Tori Ichi Philippines is four branches strong (BGC, Alabang, Mall of Asia and Ayala Malls the 30th) and has an expanded menu that includes ramen, sushi rolls, tempura, a la carte dishes and more.
We visited Tori Ichi Mall of Asia branch, which is the largest of them all. It can be accessed through the bay side area entrance or the new North Wing.
Be ready to be transported to new town Japan with its beautiful wood interiors and wall accents. You can even pick one of the limited booths for a more private and romantic spot.
Or book one of the three private tatami rooms.
Aside from the interiors and ambiance, it’s really the food that makes its loyal patrons coming back for more.
To start off, try their new and bang-for-buck 10-piece Tomodachi and 20-piece Meijin yakitori sets.
Meijin Set (20 pcs.)
Set choices are fixed and may not be changed. Save P480!
INCLUDED: Chicken meatball skewers, bacon-wrapped asparagus, seasoned rib-eye, chicken wing, pork belly, chicken & scallion, quail egg with bacon, chicken gizzard, chicken liver, corn on the cob, chicken skin, chicken heart, chicken tail, bacon wrapped Japanese mochi, chicken cartilage, bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms, quail egg, chicken thigh with wasabi, shiitake mushroom, chicken tenders with daikon.
Insider tip: You may request for extra teriyaki sauce for dipping!
Tori Ichi has Japanese chef, Chef Matsunaga, rotating in all branches to ensure quality of the dishes. Watch him prepare your fresh sashimi and sushi rolls from the counter.
Pressed sushi rice topped with sliced raw salmon. Ordered by the piece.
Kani Kama Maki
Kani + cucumber roll.
Other new maki sushi flavors to try: Spicy Deep Fried Tuna Maki, Salmon Roll Tempura, Ebi Tempura Maki
3 pcs. of shrimp tempura over egg and rice
Salt based broth ramen served with chashiu, hard boiled egg, bamboo shoots and beansprouts
For those looking for more affordable meals, Tori Ichi also offers value-for-money set meals.
But wait there’s more, your izakaya experience at Tori Ichi is made complete with their alcohol selection which includes Asahi, sake, whiskey and chuhai.
Insider tip: Avail Tori Ichi's Biiru Bucket promo. Get six bottles of San Miguel Light beers for only P420, instead of P540.
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