Uploaded on Mar 11, 2008
Kushiage is a kind of Japanese food in which little pieces of meat,seafood,shellfish, veggies and other things are put on a skewer, dipped in batter and breading and then deep fried.
There are a few basic types of kushiage restaurants in Japan:
1. A set meal with a few skewers, rice, a side dish and miso soup
2. Where they fry the food right before your eyes and the same sides as above.
3. Kushiage as one of the items of an izakaya (bar) menu.
3. Or tabehodai kushiage where you select and fry the kushiage yourself at your table.
I feature tabehodai kushiage in this video. I went to a national kushiage chain called Kushiya based out of Osaka. The price for dinner is about 2600 yen for 90 minutes of all you can eat fun. Lunch specials are available on weekends for 60 minutes for about half the price of a dinner.
The key to making a tabehodai kushiage meal a good deal is to of course eat lots. On average one skewer a restaurant like example number 2 from above cost about 100 yen. So just make sure you eat 26 or more kushiage skewers and it's a good deal!
To find the Kushiya I went to in Tokyo go to Shinjuku JR station. Go out the west exit, turn right, cross the street at the first cross walk on the street level and continue going right pass the HALC building, the McDonalds and the big flashy Las Vegas like pachinko parlor until you reach the corner across from Tomin Bank. Now turn around and you will see a large building called the Sunflower Building. This is a multi-story eating pleasure palace. Go to the elevators and select the 5th floor and you are there!
Try the other restaurants some other time or go across the street behind the KFC and all that to Yakitori Dori if you want to hang out with business men sling some beers and eat some really great grilled cheap food. But more on that later!