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Good but not as good as TripAdvisor makes you believe: Restaurant Kitaroya Sushi (18. March 2020)

| April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are close to the castle in Kyoto, the Kitaroya Sushi is a great opportunity for a quick stop to have lunch. Just one warning ahead – the place is actually a takeaway so you can get something to eat at home (or outside) but it has about 5 seats where you can sit down and enjoy your lunch. However, it is not exactly a restaurant in its classical sense and, therefore, somewhat different than expected.

I went for the “tuna crunch roll (tuna mayo, cucumber with rice crunch)” (410 Yen) and the “eel & egg inari” (280 Yen). The tuna crunch roll was delicious and I liked the crunchiness of it – however, there wasn’t much tuna in it and I’m kind of curious what these round balls actually were. Not sure about that really.  The inari was fine but it was more an egg inari than an “egg and eel” inari as there wasn’t any eel in the inari which was quite disappointing.

The “tempura udon (udon noodles i na hot dashi soup with tempura prawn)” (780 Yen) which I had as a main was okay but I have – in the 10 days I was able to spend in Japan due to the Corona virus – had better udon noodles. The tempura was okay but there was way too much batter (in my personal opinion) and not much prawn. Still, a good dish.

All in all, the Kitaroya offers decent food with friendly service for a fair price but it is not as good as the reviews make you believe. I think, the fact that you get a free miso for a review adds a lot to the current rating. Pity really, but I suppose you cannot blame the store for using all forms of marketing to improve their business.

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Contact Details:

Restaurant Kitaroya Sushi Takeaway

574 Nishiebisugawacho

Nakagyo Ward

604-0073 Kyoto (JP)

Tel.: +81 70 17 90 11 54

Homepage: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/kitaroya

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
3'388 Yen (incl. tip) Filed in: Kyoto (JP), Restaurants
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