“Jidori” is a special kind of domestic breed of chicken which, in order to be classified as Jidori it must meet specific pedigree and breeding requirements. In Japan, there are over 60 kinds of Jidori chicken, each varying by the appearance of the chicken as well as the taste of the meat. In this article, among other things, we will introduce 5 famous places where you can eat Jidori.
1. Gunkei (Miyazaki Prefecture)
Gunkei is a Jidori specialty restaurant that is popular not only in Miyazaki but with persons from outside the prefecture. The quality is certified and for the sake of offering safe, delicious Miyazaki Jidori, this fastidious shop directly manages its own farm for raising the chickens. Raised in a refreshing atmosphere on magnificent, vast land, the meat of “Miyazaki Jittoko” chicken is characterized by its tender, juicy texture with a flavor and volume that fills your mouth. This restaurant’s recommended menu item is the “Premium Thigh Grill” which is fresh Jidori grilled over a charcoal flame for 1,400JPY (200g tax excluded). Another one of its appeals is the variety of toppings that you can choose from like yuzu paste, butter pepper and yuzu mentai.
2. Akita Hinai Ya Odate Honten (Akita Prefecture)
Akita Hinai Ya is the first Hinai Jidori specialty shop in Japan. Spit-roasted Hinai-Jidori, kiritanpo hot pot and the like are famous items but there is also a full side menu of pizza, salad etc. The inside of the restaurant is decorated with seasonal floral arrangements, giving it a cozy atmosphere. A highly recommended menu item to say the least is the “Kiwametsuki Oyakodon” 2,000JPY (tax excluded). The Hinai Jidori meat is tender yet firm when you bite into it, alongside the syrupy soft-boiled egg. It’s dished up in Akita’s traditionally hand-crafted “magewappa” bowls. By all means, please enjoy the fluffiness of the egg together with the delicious flavor of the Hinai chicken.
3. Nagoya Cochin Torigin Honten
Nagoya Cochin Torigin Honten is located in the heart of Nagoya. A 2 minute walk from Sakae station brings you to this specialty restaurant of Nagoya Cochin (a unique breed of chicken used in Aichi prefecture) which was established over 40 years ago. Private rooms are also available and there is a view of a traditional Japanese-style garden complete with a running brook that you can look over while enjoying your Nagoya Cochin cuisine. The chickens which are killed in the morning are sold raw in “Nagoya Cochin Sashimi Platter” or you can enjoy them in the “Cochin hot pot”, a popular item since the store’s founding from 4,900JPY (tax excluded). In addition, the restaurant also has established a reputation for Nagoya’s famous fried tebasaki (chicken wings).
4. Toriko (Shiga Prefecture)
At Toriko, everything is so fresh you can eat it raw. Enjoy authentic chicken dishes made with fresh Omi black chicken, Omi game fowl and Daisen chicken. The pursuit of delicious cuisine takes 8 hours everyday. Soup is prepared along with a secret sauce and the chicken is grilled on a flame of high-grade charcoal. The restaurant interior is decorated in the key colors of black and red with jazz music playing in the background, creating a cozy atmosphere. A recommended restaurant for persons who would like to take their time and enjoy their meal.
5. Momoya Shunzakana Sakuramaru (Tottori)
Momoyaki Shunzakana Sakuramaru is a restaurant where you can savor cuisine made from local ingredients and Tottori prefecture’s exemplary chicken brand "Daisen chicken". At this restaurant, the procured chickens are killed in the morning and used the same day so you can always savor the utter freshness of the meat. “Charred Daisen chicken thigh” is made by grilling the meat on top of high-grade charcoal which infuses it with a smoky, aromatic taste and gives it a soft, juicy texture. Chicken dishes are not the only items offered however. There are also a wealth of menu items made from fresh fish procured from the local harbor. The perfect restaurant if you’d like to eat fish and chicken.
So how about it? One might say that in just one bite of Jidori, you can savor the varieties of local flavors. Quite frankly, Jidori dishes are quite profound. By all means, discover the flavor with your own tongue and find your favorite Jidori.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information.