Our last night in Japan, and we were still craving for yakitori, LOL! So while we were trying to find our way back to our lodging, we made a detour to have some very delicious skewers 😀
The menu came with pictures, and so all we did was point, wait and eat. Prices ranged from ¥90 to ¥400, with most items in the ¥100+ range. There was an additional cover charge of ¥220 per pax. We really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and friendly service! What a great way to end the night 🙂
For a change, we decided to skip okomiyaki and takoyaki, and the number of yakitori places around the area inspired us to find one, but unfortunately the one we wanted to try didn’t seem keen to want to serve non-Japanese. Oh well. We decided to continue roaming the streets while slowly making our way back to the hotel for an early rest. As we walked past the bars and all, we chanced upon an Izakaya menu being shone under spotlight by the roadside. Turned out that the place was at the basement, and because the menu had assorted skewer platter available, we decided to give it a try!
It was a very cozy place with 4 tables (8 seats) and a small counter bar area, and the waitress only spoke Japanese. We opted for the table and basically just pointed to the 鶏と豚と野菜１０本 (10 chicken, pork and vegetables skewers) (¥1800, worked out to be ¥2640 including appetizer and tax) 😂 Since we were not drinking, we had some みず plain water to go along. There was also a small side of pickled radish, cucumber and ginger to go along with the skewers.
We were very glad that we decided to come here. Each chicken skewer was simply juicy and flavourful. The pork skewer paled in comparison. But the vegetable ones were very delicious too! We also didn’t feel hurried and could take our own sweet time to enjoy the food and each other’s company.
Gotta say this was one of our best random find during this trip 🙂
Location: 1 Chome−18−1 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan 〒542-0083 大阪府大阪市中央区東心斎橋1-18-1 BEST PLAZA B1F (Google Maps)
Nearest Station: Subway Midosuji Line/Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line Shinsaibashi Station 地下鉄御堂筋線/長堀鶴見緑地線 心斎橋駅 (1 min walk)
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.
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.
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 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.
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…