Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
A New Bar-Style KFC In Takadanobaba: Drinks To Go With Your Chicken
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
A new bar-style KFC has opened in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. Here, you can enjoy over 40 types of drinks with the chain's signature fried chicken, as well as a wide variety of original dishes.
We all know Colonel Sanders and his world-famous fried chicken from KFC. The fast food chain is popular in Japan for its fried chicken as well as its tasty side dishes like fries and salads. In April 2016, they opened a new bar-style restaurant in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. The new joint has a unique interior and menu, and is a great spot to enjoy drinks with your favorite fried chicken.
A Bar-Style Interior
One step inside the restaurant and you will notice the various details like the spacious table area, cute chalk art, and stylish lighting, that all add to the unique bar-style atmosphere.
The restaurant handles more than 40 types of alcohol. From popular brands from overseas to Suntory's The Premium Malt's, they have an especially wide selection of beer which all go well with their signature chicken. For visitors from abroad, we recommend trying some Japanese craft beer. Some brands that you can try here include the Hitachino Nest Beer, known for its owl logo, and the Echigo Beer, made from Koshihikari rice and water from Niigata.
Bottles of renowned craft beers from around the globe line the counter. They even have beer taps!
Once you order, you can watch as the staff pours your drink right in front of your eyes. Another recommended drink is the Colonel High, a KFC-original highball.
The definition of a "highball" in Japan is "a whiskey drink mixed with soda." According to KFC, the Colonel High is a special drink co-developed with Japanese beverage manufacturer Suntory, and is topped with original spices that match with the taste of the chain's chicken. The drink can only be found here, so we recommend you try this highball and chicken combo when visiting. They also have cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can be ordered regardless of when you visit, so it's great for casually stopping by and having a drink.
Original Menus and Satisfying Portions
In addition to the regular KFC lineup, during the lunch/cafe time from 10 AM to 5 PM, the restaurant also offers dishes like chicken plates with veggies, various sweets, and aged coffee using roasted and matured beans. The dinner menu available from 5 PM includes more dishes that go well with drinks. A wide variety of foods from appetizers, fried and grilled foods, salads, and pasta are all available at this time.
The large menu is perfect for those who are just stopping by for one drink, as well as those looking for a full-size meal.
What Does Fried Chicken Taste Like in Japan?
KFC restaurants in Japan only use domestically bred young chicken. The meat has a unique soft and moist texture. The taste of chicken itself can be different depending on the country, so it might be fun to compare the taste to the KFC back home. The fresh vegetables served here are also from within Japan.
Perfect for Everyone
All inside seats at KFC Takadanobaba are non-smoking, but smokers can choose to sit at the terrace seats if they want to smoke. The casual but stylish interior makes it easy for solo visitors to step in as well.
Another perk here is that you can use special finger stalls to eat your chicken so that your hands don't get dirty.
The KFC joint in Takadanobaba is a new-style KFC for enjoying chicken and drinks. We recommend you stop by!
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Takadanobaba 1-28-10
Hours: 7:00-10:00 (morning), 10-17:00 (lunch & cafe), 17:00-22:00 (dinner bar) *Open until 23:00 on Friday and Saturday
Credit Cards: Visa, JCB, Amex, Diners, MasterCard
Languages: Simple English
Menus in Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean (Bar menu is in Japanese only)
Nearest Station: Takadanobaba
Access: 5-minute walk from Takadanobaba Waseda Exit.
Price Range: Regular menu - from 250 yen a piece, lunch and dinner bar menu - Check the official website (Japanese) for more information.
Phone Number: +81-3-5286-7807
Official Website: KFC Holdings Japan, Ltd.