Warayakiya Shinjuku - Most Unique straw grilled food restaurant in Shinjuku

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Restaurant: Warayakiya Shinjuku (わらやき屋新宿店)
Address: 3-15-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Adhoc Shinjuku Bld 8F
Phone: 03-5362-3137
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station East Exit
Open Hour: [Mon-Thu] 5:00PM - 11:30PM, [Fri, Sat, Day before Holiday] 5:00PM – Next 5:00AM, [Sun, Holidays] 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Close: N.A
Price Range: [Dinner]¥3,000~¥4,500
Credit Card: (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)
Seats: 187 seats
Warayakiya in Shinjuku is the kind of restaurant where you would find it extremely Japanese. The way they cook the fresh bonito for instance, by straw grilling them with the dried straw in one breath, temperature as higher as 900 degrees to make the fish savory and delicious. That's the kind of thing we Japanese do in terms of how we can make the raw materials shine. Bonito is actually a tough one to handle as it might smell too fishy if not roasted enough but taste unpleasantly dried if roasted too much. So they won't keep it in the fire too long but pull it back right away so that they won't kill the freshness of the fish. The high technique will be required to know when is the right moment to pull it back from the 900 degrees fire, but they surely never let us down. It looks like a small show when they straw grilling in front of us, but what amazes us the most in Warayakiya must be the moment when we actually put a slice in our mouth with a little bit of high quality salt with wasabi and fresh leak and Japanese ginger with a slice of garlic on top of it. Every bite is a pleasure to remember. There are straw grilled vegetables and chicken as well which we also recommend you with confidence.
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Picture Guide to the Restaurant

・Total distance: 400m, 5 mins (on foot)

・Starting Point : JR Shinjuku Station, East Entrance

・Steps to follow : 1 - 15

1. Let's start your way from Shinjuku Station, East Entrance.

2. This is the East Entrance ticket gate.  After you come out from the gate, follow the arrow.  

3. You will find stairs on your left in less than 20 meters from the ticket gate.  Go upstairs by following the arrow.  

4. This is how Shinjuku East Entrance looks like from outside.  Follow the arrow to the RIGHT.  

5. If you see this picture on the way, you are on the right track.  Keep walking straight until you find the intersection.  

6. When you get to the intersection, cross the street and keep walking straight between the buildings.  

7. Keep walking straight for about 100 meters until you reach the big intersection.  

8. Make a right turn.  Do not cross the intersection.  

9. Walk straight for 170m.  Make a right turn at 4th street.  

10. Make a right turn at 4th street where you can see Baskin Robbins.  

11. Walk straight for 15m and you will find Adhoc Building to your left.  

12. Go inside the building.  

13. Make a left turn.  

14. You will find an elevator to your left.  


15. Press 8F.  Enjoy the unique experience in Warayakiya Shinjuku (わらやきや 新宿店)!


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