Enjoy Kyoto's obanzai dishes
The heartwarming cuisine
Text: yasuko Yuzuhara / Photo: Tamami Tsukui
Obanzai is a home-style dish in Kyoto. It's a very casual everyday food but has became popular over the time. People even travel to Kyoto to eat 'obanzai' these days.
Aoi offers casual obanzai in its restaurant on the 1st floor of a building on Kiyamachi-dori. Toshii runs the place by herself by her friendly character that makes even the first time visitors feel at home.
'Obanzai' in a large dish is lined up at the counter. On my visit, there were 13. Seasonal vegetable, tofu cuisine, salad, fish, meat, etc. all looking so delicious. 'Obanzai is suppose to be a home-style food, but I want to welcome my customers with a little bit of surprises, too' says Toshii. She adds a bit of uniqueness onto her food, like a touch of cream on okara-tofu salad, and kujo negi (Kyoto's local spring onion) with western quiche. Her curry is sweet with fruits yet spicy and hot.
Obanzai quiche (880 yen), okara-tofu salad (580 yen), 'shinodamaki' made with white miso (780 yen), etc. were prepared. 6 seats along the counter bar, and 6 for table. It often gets full so advance reservation shall keep you safe.
ADDRESS: 1st floor New Kyoto Building, 181-2 Kiyamachi-dori Sanjo sagaru Zaimoku-cho, Nakagyo-k, Kyoto（map）
HOURS: 17:00-23:00 (LO/22:00)
CLOSED: Monday, Sunday, Holiday, some other irregular day
Local people's favorite obanzai
Text: Wakako Sato / Photo: Takuya Oshima
Tsuzuri is located in front of Byodoji Temple, known for Inaba Yakushi, a street out from Karasuma-dori. It is a 2 stories 80-year old machiya house, with casual counter seats on the 1st floor and table seats on the 2nd. Daily obanzai dishes are lined up at the counter and the customers make order from them.
Many of the obanzai restaurants prepare typical Kyoto food like Manganji-chili pepper, or Kyoto's eggplant but here, they offer Japanese's all time favorite potato salad, curry flavored fried chicken wing, Kujo negi's light soup, and bikkuri-bakudan-egg (surprising-bomber-egg).
Fish are fresh from the market everyday, and are served as sashimi, but foreigners tend to like the Japanese beef more. Steaks (1800 yen), cold rare steak with wasabi soy sauce (1300 yen), ramen (half size 600 yen), ice cream (300) shall be completed with good sake and wine. Of course advance reservation shall better be made here, too.
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature