Torishige's "tori" in Japanese means chicken, which makes you believe that Torishige is a yakitori restaurant but its actually an yakiton (grilled pork) restaurant. Now a days, its not even a yakiton restaurant anymore because they serve fantastic dishes, which has nothing to do with yakiton and this is the reason why Torishiki is special.
Order an omakase course but when you call to make a reservation pre-order "Shacho-no omakase course" (CEO's omakase course) which is the best. You will be blown away from the first stick which is lightly grilled pork liver. Perfectly grilled, sprinkled with the perfect amount of salt.
After having the kings of yakiton, Shiro (pork guts) and Kashira (cheek meat), next comes Komekami-to Negiyaki (temple meat and green onion). Again perfectly grilled and right amount of salt. The only words you can say is DELICIOUS.
And while you think you are having an amazing yakiton course, beef dishes start to be served instead of pork. From here its no longer a yakiton course. The garlic on top brings out the sweetness of beef. Eat it with a little rice underneath it and the umami of the beef explodes in your mouth.
Torishige invented Piiman-no Nikuzume (green peppers stuffed with minced meat), which many yakitori or yakiton restaurants have on their menu. The sweetness and flavor of meat just blends in perfectly. Totally blown away. Even after you finish the stick, the umami remains in you.
Sukiyaki is served toward the end of the course. If you visit late summer to fall, matsutake mushrooms (most expensive mushrooms in JP) will be in season and cooked with the beef. You may think that the bill is going to be crazy but once everyone sees the bill, everyone just laughs. It is rare to find a restaurant which can provide food for such great value. One of the finest inexpensive restaurants in Tokyo.
This night we were still hungry and asked the staff for one recommend dish. And caviar, uni, beef steak over rice was served. Dishes like this is only served at fine washoku restaurants. What an amazing meal.