May. 19, 2017 UPDATE

Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion

- 黒豆茶庵北尾 祇園店 -
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Fresh dango on a stick and mochi made with select kuromame
This shop specializes in kuromame (black soybeans). You can enjoy sweets and lunch items made with select kuromame. The kuromame they use are top quality beans from Kyoto and elsewhere around Japan. They are large, aromatic, and have a sweet flavor. We recommend the dango(sweet sticky rice balls) and mochi made with kuromame. Both are roasted over a charcoal fire at the back of the shop. You can eat them hot off the grill. You can also make the kinako (a fragrant flour used in Japanese sweets made from roasted and ground soybeans) used in the dango yourself at your seat, which is a lot of fun. On your way out, be sure to check out the products made with kuromame on sale at the front of the shop.
Mitarashi-Dango / ¥756
An assortment of 2 skewers of black dango made with kuromame and 3 skewers of dango made with mochi only. You can enjoy the two different flavors. The freshly-grilled dango have a pleasant aroma that goes well with the sweet syrup and fragrant kinako. If you want to share them with several people, remove the dango from the skewers using chopsticks.
Warabi-mochi / ¥648
This warabi-mochi is their other famous product besides mitarashi-dango. The soft and spongy warabi-mochi has a mild taste that makes it hard to stop eating them. I recommend you put a lot of freshly ground kinako on your warabi-mochi.
Kuromame soft ice cream (Take-out)
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Kuromame soft ice cream (Take-out) / ¥324 *Mini size ¥150
The pleasant aroma of kinako is a perfect match for the sweetness of milk. You can eat it in the shop, but you can buy it more cheaply for takeout. We recommend to do a takeout if you are walking around the Gion area. Be careful it will start to melt you do not eat it fast!
Experience a stone mortar
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Experience a stone mortar / Free
You can make the kinako used in the dango and mochi yourself with the stone mortar placed on your table. Freshly-made kinako has a strong aroma. It enhances the deliciousness of dango and mochi. There are instructions on how to make it in English, so please ask the staff if you want them. *You can also have the shop staff make the kinako for you.
How to Order

The food menu has many other dishes made with kuromame aside from dango and mochi.Also, kinako can easily scatter everywhere, so be careful.

- Order Tips -
If you want to try the stone mortar experience and cannot understand how to make kinako even after reading the English instructions, tell the shop staff. “Kinako no Tsukurikata wo Oshietekudasai” (Please teach me how to make kinako.)
3.7 food3.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
This shop is famous for their mitarashi dango and warabimochi. Both of them are eaten with kinako, or roasted soy bean flour, but you can taste the strong taste of the beans and they are not too sweet, but delicious! They also have black bean parfaits and ice cream, so there is a lot on offer also for those who don't like traditional Japanese sweets that much.
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Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion / 黒豆茶庵北尾 祇園店
Category Wagashi (Japanese Sweets)
Phone +81 75-551-8811
Address 279-2, Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo Stn.
Open Hours 9:00am-5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Sun, Public holiday
Notes Large groups (10 or more people) may be seated at separate tables. The sales space at the front of the shop is a little cramped.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER
Good for With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English menus available.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 28 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking

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