Try Yakitori At Local Izakaya "Daitoryo" In Ueno

“Ameyoko” is the popular shopping district near Tokyo Ueno Station. Around this area, there are a lot of dingy Japanese pubs and you will find tipsy happy drinkers from the noontime. In this article, we are introducing a Izakaya call “Daitoryo” where you can have yakitori, beers and all kind of Izakaya menu in reasonable price.

If you ask me where to go for delicious-yet-affordable Yakitori, I will definitely say, "Daitoryo!!" It is in the middle of busy Ueno Ameyoko Market, and it is open from 10am to midnight. You can enjoy beer and good local food from late morning...without feeling guilty!

Which Daitoryo You Should Choose?

There are 2 Daitoryo restaurants in Ameyoko Market in Ueno, but I recommend the bigger one called "Daitoryo Shiten." (Note - Shiten means “branch”)

I recommend Daitoryo Shiten because it is a 2 storey Izakaya and more spacious than the other, so it is easier to find seating.

You will be surprised how busy it is. This was taken around 2pm, and this isn’t even its peak time! All the counters and tables are almost full already!

The second floor is the same as the first floor.

It's Time For Kanpai With Ice Cold Beer!

500 yen Ice cold beer to start? Yes please!!

Below is their menu. Well unfortunately only Japanese menu is available at the read this article and it will give you some ideas on what to order!

Why not to try Yakitori in Daitoryo

Mmm Full Of Yumminess In My Mouth!!

You can choose from pork, beef, chicken, fish, or veggies. Pork is the main menu item and specialty. Green Onion and pork belly, pork liver, pork hearts...or even pork guts (offal)! Offal is popular in Japan.

If you are not sure what to order, say "Moriawase” (sampler); it comes with 5 different sticks and costs only 450 yen!

You can choose how to season the meat, whether you want salty or sweet and spicy sauce. I ordered my sampler with sauce.

This picture below is called Shishitoh which is a popular pepper in Japan. It tastes like a bell pepper but not as spicy.

Daitoryo Gives You Japanese Soul Food!

Daitoryo is famous for their Motsuni dish. It is boiled guts with Japanese radish and tofu, seasoned with Miso paste. Most restaurants use pork guts but they use horse guts here in Daitoryo.

These are pickles. From front, egg plant (purple), cucumber (green), scallion (white), and pufferfish skin in Korean fusion sauce. Pickles in Japan are less sour but more salty than the West, and they’re good with drinks!

This is called Nameroh, which is another basic dish.

It is made from a mixture of fresh chopped sashimi, ginger, garlic, green onion and seasoned with Miso. It has a texture like pâté. It is much less fishy because its flavor is complemented by relish, so this may be more likable to a person who is not a fan of raw fish.

Potato salad! You can find it anywhere in the world, but Japanese potato salad is with a form of mayo that’s a bit sweeter than others.

The last dish is a grilled dry smelt! A bit bitter, but it's good. Everything at Daitoryo goes well with alcohol!

Whew...stuffed...I am stuffed!! We ate a lot and had 2 glasses of beer each and among 4 persons cost 8000 yen total. 2000 yen each is incredibly cheap compared to other Izakayas which usually cost 3500-5000 yen!

So, How To Go And Enjoy The Local Food At Daitoryo?

Exit JR Ueno Station from Shinobazu Guchi and cross the road, then you’ll see a sign that says "Ameya Yokocho" (Note - "Ameyoko" stands for Ameya Yokocho)

After entering, you go along for about 3 minutes and you’ll see Daitoryo.

If you are looking for a very local and old-fashioned Izakaya experience, I recommend Daitoryo! This is my place of oh-I-want-to-keep-it-secret but well, you will definitely enjoy local food with a local crew!

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Written by y_a_j_i

This is Yaji that was born in Nagano and living Tokyo now. I love drinking, especially Japanese sake and Japanese tapas. I will introduce many great restaurants and bars all over Tokyo!