*Yakitori (Japanese: 焼き鳥) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. Its preparation involves skewering the meat with kushi (串), a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. (aka. Satay)

If you want to escape the busy streets in Shinjuku, take the train “Chuo Line” station No. 15, 2 stops from Shinjuku station to Higashi Nagano station. Look for the escalator, go up and get out of the station. Walk straight ahead and cross the traffic light. Enter into the little street where there are restaurants along the alley and just keep walking and enjoy the nice alley with less people.

You will find many resturants like Ramen, Katsu Don, Chinese or this comtempary Yakitori place on your right. やきとり家 すみれ 東中野店

Order the food from an ipad with English version and communicate with the staff via google translate, they speak and it translates, how cool is that? Don’t be shy cos they are quite used to it. They will speak into your phone so you know what he is talking about.

Please try their yakitori, it is beautiful. Their Dan Dan Mian is light and favourful. They serve this fresh cabbage toss in light sauce that is just…. Omg….. kkakaa and they will ask if you want more if you finished it.

The fried karage is lightly fried with tons of meat instead of flour. Option for 4 or 6 pieces.

They serve Rouku Gin from Nikka or beer. Worth the price. Around 9000yen for 3 of u if I remember correctly. hehehhee…. price is $$$/5 (average)