Tokyo's Roast One puts chicken in the spotlight
Holiday season or not, it’s probably safe to say that there’s never a bad time for roasted bird of any kind.
Roast One, located in Shibuya’s Udagawa-cho neighborhood, is a Jamaican-Hawaiian fusion restaurant that’s sure to satisfy any and all poultry cravings.
Chicken seems to be the focal point of the menu at this relatively new eatery.
Styles ranging from rotisserie and Jamaican jerk — and even jerky — are whipped up in the restaurant’s open kitchen and served up by the bilingual waitstaff in hearty portions to the energetic sounds of dancehall music that usually crowds the air. The beef patty also stands out as a must-try.
Not to forget the Hawaiian side of the equation, garlic shrimp and poke, a popular island dish centered around sashimi-style ahi tuna tossed in oil and lemon with a variety of herbs and relatively few spices, are also on the menu.
Even things like tacos, nachos and juevos rancheros are available on the restaurant’s smaller Mexican-themed menu, but these seem like an afterthought compared with the Jamaican and Hawaiian portions.
The drinks menu, even with a noticeable absence of rum punch, holds a hefty selection of import beers, a pair of domestics, a wine list, several amazing cocktails and margaritas, along with the standard choice of soft drinks and juices you’d expect to find at any restaurant worth its weight in wings.
Seating is on the sparse side and a bit tough to come by, so reservations are encouraged, but the extra effort is well worth it.
Address: Masago Bldg. B1F, 37-12 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit)
Telephone: 03 6804 8292
Web: roast-one.jimdo.com; social media: facebook.com/roastone.shibuya