Izakaya Bincho’s menu of yakitori, or Japanese chicken skewers, disappeared awhile ago, but now it’s back, and it’s truly wonderful, says heinous. Tomo-san, the man in charge, has the whole binchotan charcoal set-up up and running again, and he’s turning out exceptional yakitori. “It’s his true passion, and it really shows,” heinous says.

“I had almost every skewer, and they are delightful,” heinous says. “[H]e is back in top form. He himself has a new energy about him—you can really tell how proud he is to proclaim that he is a true yakitori master and to be able serve it again.”

heinous recommends chicken thigh, gizzard, and tsukune (meatball) from the yakitori menu. Tomo-san is still serving other beloved izakaya dishes too, including spicy chicken wings, braised pork belly, and karaage (Japanese fried chicken). A must-order, says heinous, is the exemplary agedashi tofu.

Izakaya Bincho [South Bay]
112 N. International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach
310-376-3889

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