TOKYO | Torimero (Gaienmae Stadium Street Store), or to use its full name, 199 yen draft beer＆yakitori gastropub third generation Torimero is a chain that focuses on, as the name suggests, cheap beer and affordable yakitori.
The izakaya wasn’t on our list of food place to visit but we were attracted by its sign when looking for a snack in the area after being at an even at Meiji Jingu Stadium. The basement izakaya is surprisingly spacious, with a boisterous atmosphere. It’s the kind of place you come to with friends for a few beers and snacks before continuing your night.
Glasses of Asahi Super Dry is what most are drinking, attracted by the 199 yen price tag, but there are plenty of other options available, including a large cocktail list featuring 15 different highballs along with a whole lot of other things.
For food it’s all about simple izakaya dishes done well, with a focus on yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). We opted for the kaarage (fried chicken), and a serve of four yakitori. The negima (grilled chicken thigh with leeks), and kawa (chicken skin) were highlights. Kokoro (chicken heart) and tsukune (chicken meatballs) were also very tasty. If it’s not chicken you’re after, there’s an assortment of beef, pork, and vegetable options too. From familiar cuts to offal, there’s something for everyone.
Torimero hit exactly the spot when we visited. While there are better izakayas to visit in town if your time is limited, it’s a great option if you’re in the area and want a reliable feed.
Torimero (Gaienmae Stadium Street Store)
Basement, 2-12-13 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku
Telephone: 050 1709 1178
Mon – Fri: 4:00pm to 3:00am
Sat – Sun: 2:00pm to 3:00am