Yakingtori is a cheap and cheerful Japanese restaurant in Shanghai that does yakitori, skewered barbecue. It’s an easy-going place and serves as good fodder when you’re planning a night on the town.
There are two locations, the newest on Julu Lu, a stone’s throw away from Found 158. If you’re thinking of a pre-game before hitting the pit, this is one of many options nearby.
The Kangding Lu location has been around since 2017 and remains to be extremely popular—advance booking is highly recommended.
The Food: What To Expect / Order
If you’ve never been to a yakitori (unlikely), a yakitori restaurant specializes in skewered barbecue. The crux of yakitoris, some would argue, is how well they do their chicken skewers. And Yakingtori does them well—the threaded cubes of chicken thigh (¥16/each) and chicken neck (deboned, ¥13/each) are juicy and come lightly glazed.
One other must-order is the chicken liver (¥13/each), which are scored and grilled, and come lacquered in the same sweet-savory glaze. The rest of the menu is standard yakitori fare with snack dishes and deep-fried skewers that go well with beer.
For drinks, highballs (¥35) are the way to go. They also have draft beer (¥25) and shochus and sakes from ¥220 per bottle.
In Summary: It’s A Solid Neighborhood Spot
I have to admit, it is not the most mind-blowing meal you’ll have. I wouldn’t say it’s somewhere you need to go out of the way to try.
But if you’re about to pull a long night and have a group of rebel rousers, this is a perfectly decent spot to hit up for food and a couple of highballs. It’s just good to know it’s around the corner from where you live.
Address: 2/F, 359 Kangding Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu 康定路359号2楼, 近陕西北路
Address: 242 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu 巨鹿路242号, 近瑞金一路