Yokohama Yakitori Koubou

koubo13904 Convoy St., yelp reviews

This place rocks.  Not only is the food good, but the level of Convoy Street wackiness is very high.  To cite one example: each patron that orders something alcoholic gets an accompanying shot of milk.  The menu explains that milk kills hangovers, because science.  This, from an island population largely lactose intolerant.  High wackiness, is what I’m getting at.

koubo2Yokohama Yakitori Koubou is a medium-sized Japanese diner, specializing in little multifarious grilled skewers.  You can pick these out individually, in combos, or order “omakase” and let the all-knowing chefs (hunky guys wearing hachimaki behind the bar) decide what’s best for you.  There’s steak and chicken and all manner of fun veggies wrapped in bacon.  Some sport surprising sauces: one deep-fried chicken dish came with a tasty topping that seemed to cross tartar sauce and chopped deviled eggs.  Beyond skewers, the menu runs the gamut of Japanese comfort foods.  To name a delicious few we tried: green tea soba noodles, potato salad, salmon rice balls.  In anticipation of some serious Convoy Street wackiness, we also ordered something called Taco Rice, and were rewarded with the dish pictured to the left.  Lettuce, rice, spicy pork, fried egg, and mayonnaise combined to produce possibly the ultimate stick-to-your-ribs cuisine.

The mood was festive (we were joined once again by our patron shamans from the Convoy Conquest), and actual alcohol was consumed.  Plum wine here at Yokohama Yakitori Koubou comes with a salty plum in the bottom of the glass.  Sake is made a spectacle of: poured into a tall shot glass which itself rests in a little trough, it waterfalls over like one of those “infinity” pools in Architectural Digest.  High wackiness, again.

This really is a great place.  Friendly, excellent food, fine spirits, and the price tag for our family feast was reasonable – maybe 20 bucks a pop.  Yokohama Yakitori Koubou is a glittering star in the Convoy Street firmament.

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One Response to Yokohama Yakitori Koubou

  1. Jinxi says:

    Hmm, maybe the theory for the milk is that if you, erm, “expel” the dairy (caused by lactose intolerance), you also rid yourself of the alcohol more quickly? Haha. Okay, my explanation made no sense. I’ve been wanting to try this place – too bad I couldn’t join you last week! Hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet soon =] This blog is awesome!

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