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Japanese: Eel

Warajiya


Warajiya Overview

Address

555 Nishinomonchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0947

Phone

+81 (0) 75-561-1290

Access

15 minute walk from Kyoto Station
3 minute walk from Shichijo Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Warajiya Description

Warajiya is a charming restaurant located in Kyoto, Japan, that specializes in delicious eel dishes. The restaurant is known for its Kansai-style grilled eel, which is cooked to perfection, resulting in a crispy and flavorful dish. One of their recommended menu items is the 'Mamushi Gozen,' a Kansai-style eel bowl with a crispy surface. The grilling process enhances the rich umami flavor of the eel, providing a truly satisfying dining experience.

In addition to their grilled eel, Warajiya offers a variety of other mouthwatering dishes, such as the 'Shirayaki,' which is eel served with wasabi soy sauce, and the famous 'Uzofusui,' a hearty eel porridge. For those who prefer takeout, the restaurant also offers the 'Mamushi Maki,' a rolled eel dish that can be enjoyed at home.

The restaurant's interior is designed to evoke a sense of traditional Japan, with tea rooms, private rooms, and both table and tatami seating options. This creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy their meal at a leisurely pace. If you're looking for a unique dining experience in Kyoto, Warajiya is the perfect place to indulge in the diverse flavors of eel cuisine.

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Upscale

Family-friendly

Private Dining Room

Non-smoking

Sake Selection

Wheelchair Accessible

Warajiya Reviews

Warajiya Google Average Rating

4.2

Warajiya Tabelog Average Rating

3.71

4

Google
On our way back to the station this place caught my eye with its quaint entrance. Dinner requires at least one person purchase the set menu which others have described previous posts. The food was very good, soft subtle flavours in a very traditional setting. Our waitress was so kind and patient and all the dishes had little cards written in English to describe the dish and how to eat it. It is on the pricey side but fresh water eel is always expensive in my experience.

5

Google
The dinner course consists of 4 parts starting with a motley collection of seasonals which varied greatly in flavors to unagi nabe, eel congee and fruit for desert. I think the starters were really unique. The main courses are both served in hot clay pots. The nabe and congee are quite similar in that both are quite minimalist in their flavors, really subtle. The unagi is charred In both and that aroma carries over. Otherwise not much sweetness or saltiness. You will have to like the natural taste of the components or you might be disappointed. The congee was cool since it's served so hot, it continues to thicken over time. Good textural balance. The fruit was a nice touch at the end. Honestly a bit pricey but the dining room was an amazingly traditional setting and the whole place looks gorgeous. Between that atmosphere and the waitresses dressed very traditional it feels somewhat formal, and English was limited. Plus, after a certain time they cease serving the typical grilled unagi over rice hence why I opted for the dinner course. My advice if you aren't the biggest fan of the more subtle dishes or want to save money is to come for lunch.

5

Google
This was an amazing experience. The restaurant was very traditional and they specialize in fresh water eel.

4

Tabelog
Translated from Japanese:

Warajiya-san near Sanjusangendo. I made a reservation for 11:30. I received the Unabe Tozo Fusui. The eel was delicious and had a good dashi soup! As the reviews said, Uzofusui is delicious, but...

4.5

Tabelog
Translated from Japanese:

The location was good, right next to Sanjusangendo, and the store was quaint and had a great atmosphere! The taste is so delicious that I would like to thank the person who told me about this restaurant! And tell those who are going to Kyoto...

4.2

Tabelog
Translated from Japanese:

We were guided to the second floor of an old Sukiya-zukuri building. When you go up the very steep stairs, you will find a tatami room. You can see the courtyard. It feels old, but if you like it, you might like it. First up is matcha and dried sweets. Maybe a drink before the meal? Unexpected hospitality...

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