Enjoy Japanese cuisine in Pontocho, prepared with carefully selected ingredients by master chefs, in a wonderfully Japanese environment
Pontocho, located in the bustling and very atmospherically Japanese downtown district of Kawaramachi in Kyoto, is a popular spot among tourists. Located here in Pontocho is the Japanese restaurant Pontocho Robin, housed in a 150 year old renovated town house. At the end of an alleyway on a stone paved street lit by streetlamps、 is the entrance, beyond which is a wooden building and a small garden, with a large window facing the Kamo River. This is a restaurant filled with the emblematic Japanese atmosphere of Kyoto. The chefs use seasonal ingredients, and diners enjoy painstakingly prepared cuisine and Kyoto-brewed sake. Highly recommended are the multicourse meals, filled with the delicious taste and allure of Japanese cuisine, including sashimi and grilled fish using fresh seafood, and assortments of beautifully colorful small dishes. A la carte items include meat dishes prepared with Japanese beef. Between May and September, diners can take part in the Kyoto summer tradition of Yuka seating(outdoor floor seating along the Kamo River), relaxing in the comfortable breeze while enjoying their meal. This restaurant provides an atmosphere worthy of the city of Kyoto, with genuine Japanese cuisine. Diners in search of such a place should definitely check out Pontocho Robin.
Course Menu(8 dishes) / ￥7,000 (+tax)
A highly recommended Pontocho Robin course meal containing Japanese cuisine. With appetizers prepared with Japanese ingredients, sashimi, grilled items, rice, and dessert, this course provides a total of 8 different types of cuisine to enjoy. The menu items are changed periodically. The meals are prepared with high quality ingredients procured by the chefs on each particular occasion. We hope you will enjoy these different varieties of cuisine, prepared with dedication and care from delicious dashi, to bring out the best in all ingredients. * A 10 course meal offering 10 different types of cuisine (￥10,000) is also available.
Grilled Japanese Beef with Salt / ￥3,600 (+tax)
Roasted Japanese beef, seasoned simply with salt. The delicious umami of Japanese beef can be enjoyed with straightforward directness. The meat is juicy and cooked perfectly. Tell the staff to have your meat cooked well done, medium, or rare. The accompanying grilled vegetables are cooked to fragrant and juicy goodness for your dining enjoyment.
Sea Eel Otoshi(de-boned) / ￥2,300 (+tax)
It is a tradition in Kyoto to eat sea eel in summer. The skill of a professional chef is apparent in his ability to prepare sea eel to be easily edible by removing the bones. The sea eel at Pontocho Robin is prepared to be easy-to-eat, while still retaining its soft texture. Sea eel has a plain and refreshing taste. We recommend the sauce prepared with the delicious acidic flavor of ume(Japanese plums). For those diners who wish to enjoy the Kyoto summers just as the residents of Kyoto do, sea eel is definitely a dish you must try.
Sake / ￥3,500 (+tax) ＊Takeout available for this item
Pontocho Robin procures sake from Kyoto, as well as from all regions throughout Japan. Because a diverse selection of flavors of sake are available, from dry to sweet, feel free to tell the staff your preferences and they will surely be able to recommend a suitable sake for you. It is also a good idea to ask for sake that matches well with your food when ordering. * The sake depicted in the photo is Sawaya Matsumoto from Kyoto. A dry sake with a refreshing flavor.
How to Order
There is an English menu available, with an emphasis on items popular with foreigners. A recommend style is to order a course meal, and if you still have room left in your belly, to order some a la carte dishes.
- Order Tips -
• We recommend that sake lovers order several combinations of food and appropriately matching sake. Japanese sake is available chilled, warm, or sparkling. Ask the staff and they will be able to recommend a good sake to pair with your food.
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Pontocho Robin / 先斗町 魯ビン
|Category||Casual Style Washoku|
|Address||137-4, Wakamatsucho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8011|
|Directions||5-minute walk from Keihan Line Sanjo Stn. 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.|
|Open Hours||5pm - 10:30pm (L.O.9:30pm)|
|Notes||Dinners served at 5pm and 9pm are easier to get reservation to.|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.|
|Good for||With Friends|
English menus available, and English-speaking staff are on hand as well.
|Number of seats||60 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Available|
|Non smoking / smoking||Separate areas for smokers and non-smokers.|