Tsukada Farm is not your typical izakaya chain. Here, the meat and produce is sourced directly from their partner farms, and you’ll taste the difference the moment you bite into the crisp cabbage and cucumber otoshi (appetizer). Served with a delicious miso dip, it’s fantastically fresh and a sign of things to come.
Their menu features a wide variety of southern Kyushu cuisine, with signature dishes centered around high quality Miyazaki chicken. The most popular one is served lightly charcoal grilled and medium done.
Tempting, but we went with the chicken sashimi with avocado instead. I’m not a fan of raw chicken, but I tried it after a few prods by Shiori and it wasn’t as bad as I imagined. If you close your eyes, it tastes almost like tuna sashimi, but with a distinct raw chicken aftertaste. It’s an acquired taste that many people seem to like, so if anything, do give it a try.
My favorite dish here is hands down the chicken nanban, deep fried pieces of juicy chicken topped with a homemade tartar sauce. The fried eggplant was amazing as well, light and crispy on the outside, tender and tasty on the inside. We also had the fishcakes, fried chicken wings, bacon wrapped rice balls and yakisoba – they didn’t disappoint.
The food isn’t the only thing that stands out. The service is attentive and cheerful with lots of cute personal touches, which is quite impressive. They have a loyalty card that every new customer gets that is upgraded the more you come back.
It resembles a business card with your name written in by the server with a company position, starting with a low executive post and goes up all the way to company president. With each “promotion” you’ll be given a new card reflecting your new position and be entitled to increasingly better perks, such as free side dishes and desserts.
It’s really fun, and on this visit Shiori was promoted to Department Head, and we got a plate of shabushabu pork for free. At the end they even surprised us with a beautifully decorated jelly dessert. BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL! On our way out, our server gave us a small tub of the special miso dip that we had with the appetizer. Wow!
“We went to the one near our place in Aobadai in Yokohama, but Tsukada Farm has many other branches throughout Tokyo, including one near the train station in Shibuya, which we recommend. They have English speaking staff and menus available, too.”
3F Iwasaki Building, 2-6-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote, Keio Inokashira, Ginza, Hanzomon, and Fukutoshin subway lines)
03 5456 6277
Monday – Thursday: 5.00pm – Midnight
Weekends and Public Holidays: 4.00pm – Midnight
3,000 – 5,000 Yen