During our latest trip to Japan, we stayed in Kyoto for 11 nights. During our stay, we discovered a little gem of a sushi restaurant: Chojiro Kyoto.
We usually rent a house in town (read about here), so we seldom eat out at dinner. However, lunches are a different matter.
During one of our DIY sightseeing tour, we ended up near Pontocho and literally stumbled upon this place. At that time we didn’t know that Chojiro is one of the top restaurants to visit in Kyoto!
Only after entering we found out that it received the Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has been inducted into the Trip Advisor hall of fame. Cool, right? And totally deserved.
My husband and I love sushi, our girls, however, are not too fond of raw fish. So, we always have to make sure that the sushi places we visit also have something the kids will eat and Chojiro does.
The restaurant itself is “underground”, which means you have to go down a flat of stairs. However, there is a bit of a queue when we get there the first time. It is lunch-time after all and the food is worth the wait. So hang in there!
There are tables and counter seats. Sushi orders are placed via touch panel and there is also an English menu, so you know what you are ordering. However, at Chojiro, you will also find sushi plates going around through the conveyor belt, and you can determine the price of the sushi by the colour of the plates.
When you get into your seat, you will find a teacup, matcha powder, and a hot water dispenser. With this, you can now make your own matcha tea. At the table, there are also soy sauce and pickled ginger.
As I said before, Chojiro also serves other dishes: sashimi, a variety of soups and noodle dishes, tempura, grilled food, and even our kids’ favourite – karaage and fries.
I absolutely LOVE tuna sushi and I usually stick to that. It’s not something easy to find here in Australia (at least not good tuna sushi), so whenever I am in Japan I just go for it. Doesn’t it look amazing?
And these rolls?
Chojiro also has delicious salmon nigiri.
They even have a selection of beer, wine, and sake and dessert (mainly ice cream) to complete the meal.
For the whole menu, have a look here.
I highly recommend this place, both for the great food and the fun experience! Prices and portions are good, and it is a real family pleaser! Beware of the long queues, so get there early!
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