Daikichi in Shanghai

I don’t know much about Daikichi, except that I suspect they have hundreds of branches in Japan and a handful outside the country. Remember in my Ji Heng Mian Guan entry I had mentioned that “Hongqiao / Gubei area is a popular residential district for Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese expats working in Shanghai and so you’re find an abundance of the similar authentic cuisines in that area” … well, Daikichi is about 2 shops down from Ji Heng Mian Guan, so go figure!

Remember also that I had mentioned eating at Magushi and Yakitoritei in Hong Kong in my previous posts? Well, Daikichi trumps those experiences too. What I can say about Daikichi is that they serve a very traditional (and safe) list of yakitoris on their menu, whereas Magushi (and maybe Yakitoritei) is a little stronger on creativity.

I’m just a sucker for Yakitoris. Check it out!

Edamame, Cabbage and a Perfect Pour of Sapparo Beer from Daikichi

Edamame, Cabbage and a Perfect Pour of Sapparo Beer from Daikichi

Note: A perfect pour of Sapporo draft (and ice-cold too!) … until I took that first sip before I snapped this photo 😦 Got Beer?

Daikichi on Guyang Road, Gubei / Hongqiao, Shanghai

Daikichi on Guyang Road, Gubei / Hongqiao, Shanghai

The Perfect Ox Tongue Yakitori

The Perfect Ox Tongue Yakitori

This was better than any other ox tongue yakitori (gyutan or 牛タン) I’ve tasted anywhere else. The meat was fresh, salted-to-perfection, juicy and most importantly, its THICK-CUT!!! The lemon added that extra 1% to make this a perfect 100% (full marks) dish.

Beef Yakitori with Lots of Spring Onions

Beef Yakitori with Lots of Spring Onions

Nankotsu or Chicken Cartilage

My Favorite Yakitori: Nankotsu or Chicken Cartilage

Rebā (レバー) or Chicken Liver Yakitori

Rebā (レバー) or Chicken Liver Yakitori

Hatsu (ハツ) or Kokoro (こころ) or Chicken Heart Yakitori

Hatsu (ハツ) or Kokoro (こころ) or Chicken Heart Yakitori

Eggplant Yakitori with Cheese

Eggplant Yakitori with Cheese

Tebasaki (手羽先) or Chicken Wing Yakitori

Tebasaki (手羽先) or Chicken Wing Yakitori

Mushroom Yakitori

Mushroom Yakitori

Japanese Rice Ball (飯糰) with Cheese

Japanese Rice Ball (飯糰) with Cheese

Japanese Rice Ball (Grilled Plain with a Dab of Soy Sauce)

Japanese Rice Ball (Grilled Plain with a Dab of Soy Sauce)

The plain grilled rice ball with burnt rice (with the help of a brush of soy sauce on the rice ball) made it that much better. We weren’t (or at least I wasn’t) a big fan of the rice ball with cheese …

So we had all of this and to finish off, we ordered some more Gyutan and Nankotsu to make this night even more memorable. The bill came up to be about RMB 210, which I thought was quite reasonable. The quantity that we had (plus the quality) would’ve easily been HKD 400+ in Hong Kong … perhaps even leaning on HKD 500.

Shanghai rocks.

Daikichi (Guyang Branch)
No. 435 Guyang Road (near Songyuan Road)
Shanghai, China
Email: daikichi0678@yahoo.co.jp

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