Ikkaku Dokigawa Branch in Marugame

Ikkaku chicken is legendary on the island of Shikoku. Personally, if I am not eating udon while visiting Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, I am probably eating chicken at Ikkaku. The Dokigawa (Doki river) branch is the biggest Ikkaku restaurant I have visited so far and it’s busy.

The restaurant looks pretty new and spans two floors.

I’ve rarely been to an Ikkaku restaurant that wasn’t packed.

On our most recent visit, we were taken to the lower floor which looks like a Japanese banquet hall with tatami flooring.

If tatami is not your thing, they have tables on the first floor.

Ikkaku is famous for baked chicken on the bone. It’s oily, a bit garlicky and pretty darn addictive. They offer young and older chicken, the meat on the older chicken is a bit tougher and I normally order the young chicken.

This is pretty much the reason why people come to Ikkaku. If you think about going around Christmas time or during any holidays, you might want to arrive early.

The restaurants has many other items on the menu to compliment the chicken.  We always start with the salad.

Cucumber with miso.

Beef tendons

Chicken offals

Chicken rice with chicken soup

The rice balls are perfect to soak all the delicious chicken fat off the plate.

Big Ebisu black beer

Ikkaku is a destination if you visit Kagawa prefecture. I’ve been there for many years and hope to go for many more. If you are interested in bringing some home, they sell chicken pack to go which you can reheated in the microwave. It’s actually pretty decent for something you stick in a microwave.

Ikkaku Dokigawa Branch

2丁目-12-33 Doichō, Marugame-shi, Kagawa-ken