History has proven that random nights are the best (and most painful) ones. Last week we collectively felt the weight of a long busy work week hanging over our smog filled heads when we knocked off late on a Friday eve with no real target. After the obligatory sake drinks at Ozu (that’s a no brainer) had eased our tensions, we realised how hungry we all were, when “Oh shock”, the next realisation settled in, no reservations for dinner had been made! Shock, Drop, Dead, worst case scenario for a hungry foodie on a Friday night! Fuck, die… world end…
We were a group of 6 people and finding a spot at 8pm in Soho for a good (not tourist trap shit) dinner were dangerously slipping towards 0 calories and 1 banana that was still left in our fridge. The chances for Kebap went from 1% to at least 80% within minutes. So we started walking towards Soho when we turned up into Graham Street towards “The Globe” when we noticed a little new staircase towards an unknown Teppanyaki place, that we either had overlooked for the past 5 years, or that just opened its doors.
Enter Toriyama Yakitori on Graham Street! It’s a tiny space, and I am not sure if they have planned to improve the rather plain interior design, but we took a chance, set down (in the empty place) and ordered a whole bunch of stuff.
Firstly, the staff was super friendly, who I guess was the owner made sure the environment was right, by putting up the Backstreet Boys on repeat for the next 4 hours, which we more jokingly requested, but ultimately should turn out as great discussion starter while the night got more and more drunk.
Which brings me to point two, no liquor license. That meant they went over and under for us and got Sake from the nearby supermarket. For the rest of the night we drank for free, and not like “1 glass for free”, we must have had 5 liters of Sake and I do not know why they didn’t kick us out. We were later joined by 3 more friends and ended up being 10 people, singing, eating and drinking like it was school competition day.
Now last but not least the food. We werent sure what to expect from the freshly opened, empty, p[lain restaurant. But the chef behind the grills made sure every dish was delicious. There wasn’t much to complain, and a lot of the stuff actually surprised us a lot on the happy side. I am not gonna mention the bill which was ridiculously low, considering the amounts of sake we consumed. But this, definitely deserves a spot on the “Insider Tips” list for restaurants.
Well done Toriyama Yakitori, now please setup yur webpage and social media accounts so we can actually link you! For now, here is the contact with directions, give them a try, they really deserve it!