|Category||Curry / Donburi / Udon : Soba|
Shinodaya, est. 1904, is an old hand in the Kyoto restaurant scene. It's located close to the Keihan Sanjo Station. In the middle of a seemingly normal homestyle restaurant menu, with noodles like udon or soba and rice bowls like tendon (tempura) or katsudon (pork cutlet), comes a dish we've never heard of before - "saramori" (literally, full or brimming plate). So, what kind of dish could this be? A plate brimming full of what? We haven't the slightest idea. When asked, we were told it was one of Shinodaya's most popular items. Now we're really curious. Seeing, er, tasting, is believing, so let's give it a go!
Inside, the restaurant has a timeless down to earth feel.
Adults, you'll probably be reminded of your childhood. As for us, we hope there were always be places like this around. The more the better :)
Okay, here we go! This is the "saramori". Topped with a pork cutlet and garnished with small brown pickles, it actually looks a lot like curry and rice…So, how does it taste?
And the verdict is…it tastes slightly like curry, with an extra something we can't quite put on our finger on. Compared to curry, the sauce has more of a thickness to it and a wafuudashi (traditional Japanese bonito broth) flavor similar to udon soup. The cutlet is on the thin side and has a nice crunch to it. When you eat it with the curry (or whatever it is), it's even more delicious.
And, it goes beautifully with rice. This "saramori" actually turns out to be all it's cracked up to be!
Of course, we also recommend the other dishes on the menu.
You can use the photo-illustrated menu outside the restaurant as a guide. If you see something and think, "That looks amazing!", definitely go on and give it a try. You won't regret it :)
111 Ohashicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
|Open||Monday to Friday 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. / 4:30p.m. - 7:00p.m. Sunday, Holiday 10:30a.m. - 7:00p.m. Closed - Saturday|
|Access||1 minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station|