Although Yukiko contacted me at last minute when she and her friend, Risa, whom I met for the first time came to Kyoto for a weekend from Nagoya in early August of this year, I made it a point to see her since it had been three years since we’d last met. I met with them just in time to have dinner. Risa had looked up a place before coming that served はもhamo, or conger eel (she loves hamo) and since I had never heard of the place, I was up for going.
We found it in a roji between Shinmachi and Nishitoin on the south side of Shijo Street.
They had called in with a reservation earlier, so we were led to a table in the back room of the restaurant…they must have just opened because there still were no customers yet.
However, not too long after we got settled, customers started to pour in. It took us a bit of time to look through the menu but we finally ordered.
my ラムネramune (Japanese soda pop), ￥480…ramune never really tastes of lemon and lime to me, more like a non-descript fruity flavor. Anyway, I hadn’t had one in a while, so it was actually very refreshing.
ビワミンBiwamin, ￥480…I believe that we all ordered one before the night was through. It was on the sour side but a nice non-alcoholic beverage that made us feel like we were having a cocktail.
the appetizers…we were not informed of what they were but they were good and tided us over until our orders for sharing arrived. I think that the top dish was fish, the middle dish was bamboo shoots and the bottom dish was stewed meat.
完熟トマトスライスkanjuku tomato suraisu (well-ripened tomato slices), ￥480…with the skin removed, it was an easy (and refreshing) eat.
名工 久保田豆腐店のおぼろ豆腐meikou Kubota toufu-ten no oboro-doufu (famous Kubota un-pressed tofu), ￥500…the texture made me feel like I was eating cottage cheese (yum!).
京水菜と大根のハリポリサラダ塩コブと共に・・・Kyou-mizuna to daikon no haripori sarada shio-kobu to tomo ni… (“haripori” Kyoto mizuna & radish with salty kelp…), ￥650…a yummy Japanese-style salad
はもの天ぷらhamo no tenpura (conger eel tempura)…one could learn to like hamo this way.
海老とアボカドの生湯葉春巻ebi to abokado no nama-yuba harumaki (shrimp and avocado fresh tofu skin spring rolls), ￥730…it tasted as wonderful as it sounds.
とりもも唐揚げtori-momo karaage (boneless fried chicken), ￥680…my kind of fried chicken (little breading yet crispy)
プリプリホルモン味噌炒めpuri-puri horumon miso-itame (tender intestine miso-stirfry), ￥700
Everything was absolutely delicious but the dish that left a profound impression on me (maybe because it was the last thing that we ate?) was the intestines, haha (I suggested ordering it in the first place)! I usually hate the fat on meat or anything of the likes but the mix of savory fat and a chewy texture makes it quite addictive.
Fun conversation with an old friend and a new friend also makes the food go down more pleasantly, especially in a restaurant like this.☺