We were exploring the area near our hotel after the bus tour, and it was rather late by the time our stomachs called out to us 😮
We had wandered to 天文館公園 Tenmonkan Park, and Google search showed us that there was an 居酒屋 Izakaya just opposite us! Despite being so near, it took us a little while to find the entrance 😛
We had to remove our shoes upon entering, and were pretty lucky to get the last table. Once we settled down, we were presented with a 100% Japanese menu without pictures or food models, haha!
We poured over the menu and had a fun time trying to decipher some of the items with our limited vocabulary. The friendly staff also tried his best to explain what some of the items were, and gave us some recommendations.
Other than beef (still drooling from the unforgettable 宮崎牛 Miyazaki Beef), Miyazaki is also famous for chicken; in particular, チキン南蛮 Chicken Nanban and 焼き鳥 Yakitori Chicken are the 2 must-try dishes here.
丸万 Maruman was one of the highly-recommended restaurants to try the 焼き鳥 Yakitori Chicken, and we went to the 本店 original store to check it out.
We were led to the rooms upstairs because it was full downstairs (which also meant we were not able to see the chef in action 😦 ), which involved removal of shoes, and while there was only Japanese menu available, an English-speaking staff pointed to us which was the most popular dish, and also tried to explain what certain dishes were when we enquired.
We were back to Eat At Seven!
Originally we had intended to try out the tendon at Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら琥珀, but the queue proved to be rather ridiculous; it took up the entire length of the huge billboard outside the restaurant!
Since there was no queue at the rest of the eateries, it made sense to just try out the other places that we had yet to try!
Enbu was one of the first restaurants to open at Eat At Seven one year ago and we chanced upon it a few times but never really tried this casual izakaya which specializes in charcoal and straw grilling. Tonight this looked like a good option 🙂
We were quite famished for dinner and decided that we should have a great meal for this last night in 四国 Shikoku!
So we found some seats (and drinks) in Seattle Best Coffee in 高松 Takamatsu which had free wifi, and off we went in search of good food in cyberland. 😛
We had listed a few and started walking around to find them only to realise that most of them were closed, mainly because it was a Sunday today. So sad…
Then we laid our eyes on this 焼鳥 yakitori shop and the bright lights attracted us. Plus it advertised もつ鍋 Motsu Nabe! We were definitely in need of hot pot to counter this very cold day!
We were done with sight-seeing for the day and were searching for cheaper alternatives near 祇園 Gion area for dinner, before heading home. Ms V found a highly recommended 居酒屋 izakaya, and we decided to go try our luck!
When we peeped in, we saw that the bar counters were fully occupied, but still decided to try enquiring for seats. To our pleasant surprise, there were tables available in another room, away from the smokey bar counters.. Happiness!
It was a traditional tatami room, which meant that we had to take off our shoes, and kneel/sit on the floor. The trio of stiff-legged 外人 gaijins ended up sitting with legs in various positions to avoid leg cramps 😛 The food and atmosphere were good enough that we sat through leg cramps and enjoyed our dinner for 2 hours!
Most of the items were ¥390, excluding tax, and of a small portion, which was good, because we wanted to have a variety. For a total of ¥5610 (~S$65) for 3 persons, we left the place really bloated and happy.
- Location: 77 Sueyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 605-0085, Japan 〒605-0085 京都府京都市東山区末吉町77
- Nearest Station: Gion-Shijo Station 祇園四条駅
- Direction: Take Exit 7 and walk along 四条通 Shijo Dori. Make a left turn at 大和大路通 Yamato Oji Dori. Turn right at the second junction.
- Website: www.kirinya-foods.jp/kappa
- Hrs: 6pm – 3am (Tue-Sat), 5pm – 12:30am (Sun)
Categories: Dinner, Japan, Kyoto, Travel
Tags: beef, chicken wing, egg, Gion, sashimi, smoked duck, teriyaki, yakitori
Needed to go Orchard for an escape game in the afternoon, so we stopped by Sumiya Charcoal Grill Izakaya because we didn’t managed to dine here the last time.
This restaurant belongs to the RES Group, the same group that also owns Ichiban Sushi, Shimbashi Soba and the whole lot of 10 Japanese restaurants (Shokutsu 10) in nex. We thought we would be able to use our Ichiban rewards card but we can’t; they have their own rewards card. 🙂
The deco is quite modern with high tables and chairs which are not typical of Japanese restaurants.
As part of the welcome (and farewell, I guess) a waitress will strike a drum whenever customers enter (or leave) the restaurant. It actually startled us because there wasn’t a lot of customers at this time when we were there. Haha…