I only wanted something small to fill up on while having a small beer in Kyoto’s Gion.
The gyōza place ‘Hohei’ had a long queue. And although there was a signboard on the roadside I didn’t feel like ‘Okura’ soba.
However, the Gion restaurant has a bigger menu.
It looks pretty good too. So, went in to investigate. I slipped in as the counter was almost empty.
Soon, a few regulars came in. It seems there are also guests on the second floor in the zashiki (a traditional style of tatami room) for a party who seem to find it difficult once drunk going up and down the stairs.
There’s salt-grilled iwashi (sardine) common known as mezashi, mince-filled green peppers covered in miso paste, croquette, and so on. It’s the best way to describe an atmosphere as good as this.
I also order rich miso soup. This is an appetizer in itself.
But it is unfortunate. I really wanted to go for yaku gohan (rice with vegetables and egg) and tororo gohan (rice topped with sticky potato) but I’m full up.
This place is extraordinarily comfy. It can be a place to drink or even somewhere to eat and have dinner.
Let’s come again and eat properly next time.
Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Higashiyama-ku Hanami Koji Sueyoshicho Nishiiru Le 374-2