Chef David Chang (@davidchang) ’s Netflix show, Ugly Delicious, has been all the rage lately. If you watched the fried chicken episode, you’ll know that one of the restaurants they visited was Den, where Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa (@zaiyuhasegawa) makes his playful and whimsical Dentucky Fried Chicken.
Den was one of the restaurants I was fortunate to visit while I was in Japan and it was great to see Chef Hasegawa and the rest of the Den team on the show! But at the same time, the show didn’t have enough time to fully capture how special Den is.
One thing I’ll remember is how once you are able to book a reservation there, they ask for the nationality or cultural background of each diner. It turns out they hand made/drew the flag of whatever country you put down as part of the dish. Just one of the tiny touches that made Den such a special place. .
Oh and in case you are wondering, yeah, the chicken is bomb too. I wish I could have a whole bucket of them.