Kyo No Tsukuneya
|Category||Chicken / Donburi / Machiya Style|
Minutes away from the Jingu-Marutamachi station on the Keihan line is Kyo No Tsukuneya ("Kyoto Tsukune House"), a restaurant specializing exclusively in chicken. For lunch, there is the tsukuneage (fried chicken meatball with sweet soy sauce on a skewer) set or the karaage (Japanese fried chicken) set, but the dish we'd really encourage you to try is the oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl, or "Parent and Child Bowl"). Two fluffy half-cooked eggs are mixed with chicken and served over piping hot rice, then a raw egg is dropped right in the middle. Using three eggs in all, it's an extravagant variation on the traditional oyakodon. As you might be able to tell since most customers come for this dish, Kyoto Tsukune House's oyakodon is one of the most exquisite in all of Kyoto.
From Marutamachi Street, turn onto the alleyway, and before long, you'll see the noren (short curtains) for “京のつくね家”(Kyo no Tsukuneya) hanging from the eaves of a two-story wooden house.
The first floor is cozy with room for twenty, while the second floor seats sixteen zashiki-style, on the floor of a tatami mat room.
Look closely at the color of the jellylike yolk in the middle-- it's a brilliant shade of red. If you smash it with your chopsticks, the flavor gets even richer and more delicious! The chicken is also tender and carefully grilled to perfection. With rice cooked just right, a dashi broth of konbu seaweed and bonito mixed with deliciously gooey egg, this is simply the best oyakodon we've had.
Let's take a quick look at the rest of the menu.
Again, here is the tsukuneage set from the lunch menu at 1155 yen. It's a fried version of the tsukune we all know and love from yakitori restaurants. Although it's not a dish you hear of too often, the texture of the crisp batter and juicy chicken meatball together is really, really good!
This is an a la carte chicken odtsukuri, in other words, chicken sashimi. Although lightly blanched, this is sashimi after all, so it is of course served raw. This and the oyakodon are a very popular combination.
Here is a cross-section of the beautiful meat. This dish is possible only because it's extremely fresh.
The odtsukuri comes with a sauce topped with an egg yolk. Mix the egg yolk into the sauce, then give the meat a dip. The firm crunchiness makes this a tasty dish, too. If you're not against raw food, then challenge yourself with some of this chicken sashimi!
Because this is a casual restaurant, you can easily come here alone. For your next lunch, do try some of Kyoto Tsukune House's delicious chicken dishes At night, since they also serve mizutaki, chicken sukiyaki, and other types of nabe (hotpot), it's also a great place to bring a group of friends to circle around the nabe pot for bowls of fun :) We hope to see you there soon!
8-3 Higashimarutacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
|Open||11:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.(L.O.2:15p.m.) 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.(L.O.8:30p.m.) Closed - Monday(If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the restaurant will be closed on the following Tuesday)|
|Access||5 minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Station|