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Eel Spots in Gion / Higashiyama / Yamashina Area

  • Gion MATSUNO
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku
    This restaurant located next to the Kyoto Minami-za theater in Higashi 4-kenme, Shijo Minamiza Street is the flagship of a chain of restaurants specializing in eel cuisine. It has continued to pursue the essential flavors of eel since it was established in 1939. Guests can enjoy the flavors of a tradition that has remained unchanged in all these decades. The restaurant's specialty is its seiromushi, which features eel shipped straight from Lake Hamana served steamed on rice. Vapor rises out of the bamboo steamer the moment you open the lid to reveal the steamed eel, which is so exquisitely soft that the bones and sinew are virtually imperceptible. Another of their utterly refined dishes is their unaju, which features grilled eel served on rice in multi-tiered Wajima lacquerware boxes decorated with mother-of-pearl or gold inlay. Others include their kabayaki and shirayaki, which feature eel broiled with and without sauce, respectively.
  • Uokeya-U
    60 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    570-120, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0074

    Better atmosphere would have been nice design, however the food was good, went to late as they were runner no out at 7:30 pm

  • Gion Umenoi Tosembo
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Maruyama, Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Park, 605-0073

    昼のランチ時、夜のディナーと、鰻を食べに行く御店です。 関東と異なり、関西風の鰻料理ですが、さすがに美味い! 丁寧な焼き加減は鰻の油の美味さを引き立てます。 少々値段は張りますが、お値打ちの価格だと思います。

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