It’s hard for first-timers to the yokocho to distinguish Tachan from its busy neighbours. With its charcoal grill and homely décor, Tachan blends in with theother skewer spots on the street, but the food it serves puts it head and shoulders above the rest. A sister shop of Sushitatsu, Tachan specialises in seafood dishes such as marinated tuna as well as grilled vegetables and skewered meat that are barbecued over charcoal.
An abundance of fresh produce, including locally sourced vegetables and the catch of the day, is displayed at the countertop. In summer, ceramic bowls are filled with fat clams and deliciously crisp sweet corn boasting the best flavours of the season. The signature tsukune, chicken meatballs with minced nira onion served with an egg yolk in a sweet-savoury sauce, is without question the best in Tokyo. As an izakaya, Tachan charges an otoshi (table charge; ¥300) which includes a complimentary appetiser.