Karaage no Tensai
Sangenjaya: Chicken
Karaage no Tensai (Sangenjaya: Chicken)
Karaage no Tensai
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

The scrumptious fried chicken at Karaage no Tensai comes in three color-coded varieties - red (spicy chili), white (shio-koji) and black (flavored with a "secret" dark soy sauce). The large chicken pieces are all thigh meat and are freshly prepared, with very juicy meat inside a crunchy outer layer that's refreshingly ungreasy.

The black variety seems to have a slightly more intense flavor than the others, but both black and white karaage are well balanced. The "red" chicken comes covered in red pepper flakes and a sweet sauce, and is best appreciated if you're in the mood for something very spicy.

The shop's potato-salad side dish is relatively orthodox, though with more bite, and more mayonnaise, than a typical potato salad. Tamagoyaki (baked egg omelet) is the other specialty of the kitchen here, and it's also fairly traditional.

If you're dining at the four-seat counter (rather than getting take-out), you can order whiskey-soda cocktails or beer to go with your chicken. Chicken is priced at just Y99 a piece, here or to go, and teishoku meals are Y529.

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