*Found in Former Kyoto Restaurants
Opened August 2011, jajouka is a small Moroccan/French restaurant on the first floor of シャトープティChâteau Petit on 柳馬場通Yanaginobanba Street (bottom left picture) not too far from 五条通Gojo Street that especially is known for tajine (Moroccan stews made in an earthenware pot) cuisine. The owner, Kei Nokuo, wanted to create a hideaway-like place that reminds people of a Japanese-inhabited Parisian apartment with vivid colors and antique items; he runs the place entirely by himself.
I went there with my co-worker in late March last year for the first time to have dinner. The inside painted in a dark turquoise color with bright red accents is very small but cozy, affording only counter seating besides one small table (top and center left pictures).
We were the first customers, before a group of three female customers (reservations, perhaps?) arrived later, filling up the counter seating; our seats were furthest in at the counter.
For drinks, we both got ディアボログレナディンdiabolo grenadine, ￥800 (center right picture). We started off with 自家製メルゲーズ(仔羊のソーセージ)jikasei (hand-stuffed) merguez, or kohitsuji no (mutton) sausage(center bottom picture) before having the２名様コース menu pour 2 personnes, or course for two, ￥3,500 per person, which came with two 前菜zensai, entrées, or appetizers which were タブレ(クスクスのサラダ)taboulé, or couscous salad (bottom center picture), and 牛肉のブロシェット(串焼き) brochettes de bœuf, or beef skewers (center top picture). Following up were the メイン(小)２×, deux plats, or two main dishes, 鶏肉とシトロンコンフィとオリーブのタジン tajine de poulet au citron confit et aux olives, or chicken with preserved lemon & olives, and いわしのケフタタジン, tajine de kefta de sardines, or sardine-meatball tajine (top right picture).
We had a choice of déssert or fromage; of course we chose dessert which was クレープシュゼットcrêpe Suzette (bottom right picture).
The food which came out at a leisurely place, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the meal, was flavorful and delicious and I was very satisfied when we finished. Although I can’t afford to have jajouka too often, I can see it being an option for a special occasion or when I want to treat myself. Also, you don’t want to be in a hurry because it isn’t an eat-and-run type of place (let’s remember that he mans the place alone).
Update: As of November 24, 2016, jajouka closed its doors
Address: 京都府京都市下京区忠庵町307-1 シャトープティー1F Kyoto-fu. Kyoto-shi. Shimokyo-ku. Chuan-cho 307-1 Château Petit 1F
Telephone number: 075-341-0530
Access: 阪急京都線「烏丸駅」から徒歩１２分12 minutes by foot from Hankyu Kyoto Line Karasuma Station; 京都市営地下鉄烏丸線「五条駅」から徒歩７分7 minutes by foot from Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line Gojo Station; 京阪電車「清水五条駅」から徒歩１２分12 minutes by foot from Keihan Line Kiyomizu Gojo Station…no parking available
Business hours: lunch- 12:00~2:00pm, dinner- 6:00-10:00pm
Café Holiday: irregular