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Toriyasu (Zhongshan Park)
    • ADDRESS:
      172 Huichuan Lu,
      near Changning Lu
      汇川路172号, 近长宁路
    • PHONE:
      5241 1677
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Changning
    • METRO:
      2 mins walk from Zhongshan Park
    • HOURS:
      Daily,
      Lunch, 11am-3pm,
      Dinner, 6pm-1.30am (last order at 1am)
    • CARDS:
      None
    • PRICE:
      $$ $$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Toriyasu is a superb Japanese yakitori restaurant that elevates grilled chicken skewers to a study in detail and perfection. Packed with salarymen and the occasional couple on a date. It's tough to find. Walk north on Huichuan Lu and look for a slatted wood facade with a hobbit-sized entrance. Reservations are necessary and it's important to remember it's cash-only.
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  • Worth the trip
    For Toriyasu (Zhongshan Park) on October 31, 2016
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    No ratio Nelson
    Joined Aug 19, 2015
    Is British
    Posted 19 Reviews
    As Feargal Sharkey (almost) once sang: "a good Yakatori these days is hard to find".

    In the case of this place it is quite literally true. Ignore St Cavish's directions (he is right about everything else - even if the review is 7 years old). Head north from Changning Lu with Cloud Nine shopping centre on your left and it's the last blonde wood covered shop frontage on your right.

    Duck through the 5' 3" door and you'll enter a 25 table restaurant dominated by the grill. Conceptually no surprises, skewers, bad pop, grumpy efficiency from thick necked waitresses, lots and lots of noise, cold beer and smoke. Average age of the locals is about 20, it's always packed.

    We loved it.

    Atmosphere aside, the highlights though are those delectable chunks of grilled protein: the prawns, chicken thighs and those chicken livers are absolutely excellent, barely cooked, sweet and gently offally funky, charred outside pure sweet fluff inside.

    Two things - they don't open at lunch and because of the proximity to the Renaissance you'll get a smattering of rubber necky F.O.B's complete with mom jeans, trainers and the obligatory 1,000 yard stares.
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