Yakitori Zai brings Japanese grilled chicken to Boston
Yakitori Zai smells tantalizingly of chicken cooking on charcoal. “Irasshaimase,” trills a chef behind what appears to be a sushi bar. It is the traditional greeting given by shopkeepers in Japan. The chef turns back to her work and we see it’s not a sushi bar at all — there is a grill before her, where charcoal smolders. Yakitori — chicken skewers — is as much part of Japanese cuisine as sushi, but harder to come by in these parts.