Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen

Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen is where I go for yakitori and ramen together. When they are cooking up the skewers, a heavenly smell of searing meat fills the dining area and makes me impatient for our food!

Sasami - Chicken Thigh w/ Wasabi

You can get this chicken item served 4 different ways. Salt, teriyaki, plum, or wasabi. We opted for the wasabi version which was a simple 4 drops of wasabi that were distributed across the chicken. Lynn couldn't handle the burn and so she had to wipe off the wasabi from her piece. But I thought it worked pretty well and ate it contentedly.

Negima - Chicken Thigh (left) and Buta Bara - Pork Belly (right)

The chicken skewer was moist and tender but it was too lightly seasoned. The pork belly on the other hand was slightly tougher towards the center but soft at the ends. It was also a bit saltier but in a good and tasty way.

Harami - Beef

This is probably my favorite skewer out of the lot. Incredibly juicy and tender. Cooked to perfection. ORDER IT!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Who can say no to bacon wrapped anything? I know I can't so it's a no brainer for me when I see this item on the menu! This one was pretty tasty, leaving you feeling guilty yet satisfied, as only bacon can do.

Agedashi Tofu

I can't go anywhere without Lynn ordering Agedashi Tofu at a Japanese restaurant! Today's tofu was quite soft and had a thin fried outer shell. You can easily peel off the fried skin if you are not careful with this delicate item. Usually, Lynn would quickly remove the tofu from the broth and eat it while it was still crispy. I prefer to fully submerge the tofu and it soak up all the beautiful yumminess.

Uzura - Quail Eggs

We haven't had quail egg in a while and so we wanted to give this item a try. It was simple and okay... I think we prefer the taste of quail egg in a warm and rich soup broth.

Chicken Katsu Bowl (Small)

The chicken was good but I have mixed feelings about the sauce they put on top of it. It's some type of mayo blend that seems too creamy to go with this fried dish. Or perhaps it's just me as I'm used to just eating the Chicken Katsu as-is or with Japanese curry.

Shoyu Ramen

The ingredients in this bowl is rather simple when you compare it to some other ramen shops. You can order additional toppings but the basic bowl includes pork, egg, veggies, and noodles. Lynn thinks it's good but she prefers a stronger and rich broth such as tonkatsu, which is only served at lunchtime here. I actually like it the way it is because it's not so heavy. It's clean and simple. You can easily kill the bowl without getting tired as you cross the finish line!

So give this place a try and make sure to come early because this place can get really packed. Parking is super easy too because it's next to Dixieland's big parking lot rather than the tiny lots accompanying most of Convoy's restaurants.

Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen
4898 Convoy St
Ste 101
San Diego CA 92111
(858) 268-2888

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Mary's picture
Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 8:37am

I love the food here, it's so fresh and tasty. I'll have to try that beef the next time I'm in here.

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:58pm

It's very close to my work! I'm gonna drag some coworkers here for skewers!

Faye's picture
Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:25am

I love this place - I wish they served yakitori during lunch too. I pretty much order the same skewers you guys do too (with the exception of the quail eggs). I'm not a fan of the ramen here though. Have you tried their fried oysters or the chicken skin appetizer? There's always so much to try out. Even though parking is alright, I find it impossible to eat here without a reservation. Did you guys have any issues getting a table that night?

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Submitted by dennis on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 9:22pm

We haven't tried the fried oysters or chicken skin appetizers yet. We usually end up ordering one or two of the same things we usually get.

There were plenty of tables when we came in but by the end of our meal, the whole place was packed! I guess we came just before the dinner rush.

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Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:55pm

The harami looks so good! I would order that one too. Did you find Yakitori expensive? That's the one complaint I heard that you order a bunch of things and then it kind of adds up.

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Submitted by lynn on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:22am

yea, any kind of small plate type restaurant is easy to ring up a large bill, especially sashimi! once in a while is okay though especially when the food is yummy!

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