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Abe chan あべちゃん

Updated: Mar 20

A Legendary, Time-Honored Izakaya

Established in 1933 as a street stall, Abe-chan has a rich history dating back to Japan’s pre-war period. With nearly 90 years of history, it is one of the oldest izakayas in the Azabujuban area. After the war, the owners remodeled the old street stall into its current restaurant form, with skilled chefs grilling enticing chicken and pork skewers near the entrance window.

Abe-chan’s Signature Dishes

The izakaya is well-known for two specialties: 'Gyūnikomi' (Simmered Beef Stew) and 'Yakitori' (Grilled Chicken Skewers)! The yakitori, in particular, is incredibly popular, with a staggering 450 skewers sold daily. More than half of these sales come from takeout orders, as many people love pairing them with their favorite drinks outside the restaurant. Additionally, the owner highly recommends the 'Yakiton' made with pork. Among visitors, the 'Momo' (chicken thigh) yakitori is especially popular.

The Secret is in their Teriyaki Sauce!

When ordering yakitori and yakiton, you must try their sauce flavor, not just salt! The secret sauce has been passed down through generations and has been continuously perfected for 70 years. Surprisingly, the sauce has been made in the same jars, heated at a low temperature to prevent oxidation and bacterial growth. It is an authentic food experience, making it a favorite among visitors.

Experience Local Japanese Food Culture

The interior features televised baseball and sumo matches, surrounded by sumo memorabilia generously gifted by the local sumo fans. People gather after work, enjoying the beloved yakitori while engaging in lively conversations or watching baseball and sumo broadcasts. It is a great place to immerse yourself in Japanese lifestyle and food culture firsthand. They have menus in English and other languages to cater to international guests, so feel free to drop by and experience the charm of this izakaya!

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Abe chan


2:45 ~ 10:30 PM (closed on Sundays)


2 Chome-1-1 Azabujuban, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0045


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