Started off with this complimentary savory appetizer which gave a nice, light kicking taste to awaken my taste buds!
Tori-Ichi Korokke IDR 48,000
Korokke a.k.a. croquette might be a simple dish but most all the time I always prefer to order this when I see them in the menu. The korokke here is not disappointing at all, it actually reminded me of those ones in Japan, with super crispy skin and soft inner side. What I enjoy the most when eating korokke is the “cracking sound”, somehow it becomes a measurement (for me) how to consider the korokke is good enough or not.
Hiza Nankotsu IDR 16,000/stick
“Nankotsu” is actually cartilage (or soft bone), and is quite popular parts from chicken to be made as kushiyaki. Yoshida-san purposely ordered this because he said many Indonesians he knows really like this particular part.
Hiza is the knee, so this is actually knee soft bone; and like typical cartilage, it’s crunchy and fun to eat. Taste-wise, I also enjoy the savory taste and it goes really well with beer.
Ginnan Shioyaki IDR 15,000/stick
These are actually Ginkgo (Biloba) seeds, grilled with salt, and I personally really love them! The seeds have solid, hard consistency, and have slight bitterness (almost undetectable though).
Asparagus Buta Bara Maki IDR 22,000/stick
One of the stars of the kushiyaki, pork lovers definitely can’t miss this! The asparagus are wrapped beautifully with pork belly then grilled to perfection.
Ika Shiokara IDR 32,000
Shiokara is fermented salt and malted rice and usually mixed with seafood, and in this case, squid (the most frequent used). It has certain smell, which is a bit annoying because it’s fishy, and personally I hardly consider it’s a nice dish. But again, I don’t really like Japanese fermented food as usually they have certain smell and taste that I don’t fancy. If you like “rujak juhi”, you’ll probably like it.
Hirame IDR 48,000/pc, Saba IDR 45,000/pc, Hotategai IDR 36,000/pc
Tried 3 types of nigiri sushi, I love that everything is so fresh and right!!
Salmon Sashimi IDR 88,000
Good looking salmon and I couldn’t ask for better one. Love how they literally melted in the mouth so naturally!
Liver IDR 15,000/stick
Compared to liver, I am more into gizzard person. But these ones, I can eat because the texture is softer and easier to swallow.
Momo IDR 18,000/stick
Or chicken thigh, here the thighs are full of meat, not mentioning the big size of each stick. Taste wise, really love all the kushiyaki because they are very well-seasoned and tasty until the inside.
Tori-Ichi Ramen IDR 65,000
Rumor has it that one of the most ordered dish here is the signature Tori-Ichi Ramen, which is a chicken based ramen, so we also tried it.
First, I tried the soup only, and I was surprised! It uses chicken broth and shoyu (soy sauce) as the base yet it is very tasty and strong. The noodle has the exact hardness that is most enjoyable with that kind of soup, and don’t make me start with the delicious chicken chasiu!
In short, everything in the bowl is just an example of good harmonious combination, and I would even go to the extent saying this is probably THE BEST chicken ramen I have ever had so far.