Today I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite places in Akihabara, a little restaurant with an outdoor counter and a few little tables, right on the street in the middle of the city. This place specializes in karaage, Japan’s own variety of fried chicken, and they serve a lot of it (and a fair amount of beer, too). Great when your wallet is feeling a little light but your stomach is empty―there’s a reason why it’s a popular spot among international students in Tokyo.
This heaven for chicken lovers is called “Agebaka,” and it’s just a five-minute walk from Akihabara Station, along the outside of the Yodobashi Camera Akiba. They have an a la carte menu, but most people come for their “karaage tabehoudai” (唐揚げ食べ放題). All you can eat fried chicken.
When I went the price was about 1,000 yen for 30 minutes of all you can eat and all you can drink (including alcohol). If you’ve got more time, the price for a full 60 minutes isn’t very much more! While the focus of the food is fried chicken, you can also get fries, shrimp chips, and some vegetable sides like kimchi.
The kimchi was so good I actually got a refill! In Japan it’s hard to find kimchi that tastes like the stuff in Korea, but in the end the refill was too much, and I couldn’t even finish it. Please ask them to give you a small portion if you’re not ready to eat a lot of kimchi!
They also sell karaage to-go, and it was so cheap I couldn’t help but buy some to bring home. While some of the tables are semi-indoor, they also have seating right on the sidewalk! Finding a table at all might take a little bit of time, though. The place is popular.