“Yoshoku” refers to Western-style cuisine that developed independently in Japan. One dish of that genre that has been loved through generations is the omurice (omelet rice). It may be a simple dish of egg filled with rice, but there are many variations of it. Below are five restaurants in Kyoto where you can savor delicious omurice!
1. Grill Kodakara
Founded in 1961, Grill Kodakara is a yoshoku restaurant that is located near the famous sightseeing spot, Heianjingu Shrine. It is so popular that you’ll often see long lines of customers outside its doors. Their Omurice (650 JPY for small, 1,000 JPY for medium, and 1,500 JPY for large (all incl. tax)), which consists of mildly seasoned chicken fried rice wrapped in a thin omelet, is quite a filling delight, as even the medium serving is quite big. What makes it so delicious is its slow-cooked demi-glace sauce, which is made by adding beef sinew, onions, carrots, and ketchup to bouillon. You are sure to enjoy its rich and bitter flavor!
2. Hokkyokusei Gion Branch
Hokkyokusei Gion Branch was founded in 1922. Its roots can be traced back to Panya no Shokudo, which was the yoshoku restaurant that first came up with omurice in Japan. Its main shop is in Osaka, but you can also enjoy its delicious taste in Kyoto. When you order its standard omurice – ketchup rice wrapped in a thin omelet – you can choose from fillings like chicken or mushrooms (990 JPY each). It has various types of omurice dishes, such as the Wafu Omurice (Japanese-style omurice) (1,230 JPY) that uses pollack roe and seafood, as well as the type of omurice with butter rice wrapped in egg, which is eaten after pouring beef stew on it (1,930 JPY). English menus are available.
3. Kichi Kichi
Founded in 1978, Kichi Kichi is a restaurant located in Ponto-cho, which is filled with stone-paved paths. Its Omurice (2,500 JPY) has a plain omelet on top of chicken rice seasoned with demi-glace sauce. Right before it is served, a knife is quickly placed in the middle of the omelet. Watching it cut the omelet makes for an amazing show. Pour some more demi-glace sauce on top of the fluffy half-cooked eggs that naturally drip onto your plate. This is an exquisite dish with a lot of fans that has been often featured by the media. Reservations are required. English menus are available.
4. Omurahouse Kinkaku-ji Branch
Omurahouse is a restaurant specializing in omurice that is located near Kinkaku-ji Temple. It offers a wide array of creative omurice variants that use handmade sauce with handpicked ingredients, rice blended with rolled oats, and eggs from regions like Tamba. There are 16 - 17 types of omurice available here. Its famous Toro Yuba Omurice (1,050 JPY (excl. tax)) is made of rice mixed with hijiki (dark seaweed) that’s wrapped in fluffy eggs and then combined with soft yuba (tofu skin). It is a superb dish cooked in a Japanese way: its sauce has hints of stock and they use wasabi as an accent. English, Chinese (simplified), and Korean menus are available.
5. Touyoutei Main Shop
Touyoutei is a well-established restaurant with over 120 years of history that was the first in Kyoto to serve yoshoku. It has eight branches in Kyoto and Osaka. The main shop in Kitayama, Kyoto, is a standalone restaurant where you can enjoy dining while relaxing in a subdued space. Its Omurice (prices start from 1,280 JPY) has seafood (shrimp, crab, and scallops) placed on top of fluffy half-cooked eggs. The rice that is wrapped in these eggs is chicken rice. Guests also love the demi-glace sauce that is filled with umami from all the onions that they use.
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Kyoto is home to many yoshoku restaurants, but the above spots are five of the most recommended in the area. If you ever find yourself unsure on which restaurant to go to, then use this article as your reference!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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