Ogawamachi: Yakitori
Jusanya (Ogawamachi: Yakitori)
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.

Jusanya is a small neighborhood yakitoriya with above-average chicken and an unusual sake selection.

The use of top-grade ingredients makes the difference here - even for simple items like the raw chunks of cucumber, carrots and cabbage served with miso paste, or the crisp fried lotus root stuffed with meat. We also appreciated little touches like the well-chilled edamame and other otoshi, and the carefully paced food service that gives one time to enjoy each round of chicken from the grill.

If you don't feel like ordering a la carte, the set menus offer a fairly good sampling of the dishes here, with menus priced at Y1500, Y2500 and Y3800. The Y2500 set is fairly substantial, and finishes off with sesame ice cream.

The sake list isn't huge, but it's deeper than usual, with two or three varieties of some small kura, and a handful of monthly specials on the whiteboard. There's a separate shochu list. The sake is all procured from Izumiya, the specialty shop across the street, so if you find something you like you can go back there and pick up a bottle to take home.

by Robb Satterwhite
Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Ogawamachi 2-4.
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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended