Sekai no Yamachan
Food/Drink | Avg price: ¥1000 | English Available: None (Unknown)
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Japanese Buffalo Wings--Not as Crazy as it Sounds!
If you've lived in Japan any length of time, you know that Japanese cuisine favors the dark meat chicken (especially the fattier bits) over white meat. So when you are looking for chicken options over here, the most common tends to be karaage, or deep-fried dark meat chicken. Still, if you're like me, you crave a good buffalo wing every now and again, and while there are some western style restaurants (often run by expats) that offer decent wings, there is one chain restaurant that offers decent, Japanese-made chicken wings: Sekai no Yamachan. Sekai no Yamachan was born in Nagoya when a Yakitori vendor decided to try something different. It turned out to be the right call, since there are now over 59 full restaurants and countless counter-style versions all over Japan, primarily in the big cities like Tokyo and Nagoya. Yamachan offers two basic types of wings: karaage style and sauce style. The karaage style is similar to the traditional Japanese Izakaya dish (dry on the outside but deliciously seasoned and juicy on the inside), and the sauce style is the same but with doused in a sweet/savory sauce. 5 wings will run you 430 yen, so budget about 1000 for food and drink. The location I frequent the most is just across the Kanda River from Akihabara, but there are branches throughout.