Downtown IzakayaJun. 21, 2016 UPDATE
Retro Japanese izakaya with delicious home-style cooking


In a street where many people are seen looking for a place to drink during the night, Renkon-ya opens its doors at 5pm to welcome those who are in desire for some good home-style dishes along with some drinks. Many customers enjoy the fun concept of this izakaya, or Japanese style bar, with retro ambiance that will give nostalgic feeling to many Japanese people. It’s a compact izakaya with a warm at-home feeling. The close-knit atmosphere brings customers feel close to the cook behind the open k...moreitchen. It’s exciting to watch the cooking process being done skillfully and rapidly.
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The ambiance of this place is authentic! The food served at Renkon-ya is of home-style cooking, it's mostly comfort food. It's extra nice to see the kitchen and watch the food being prepared. Inside is quite compact, but being here feels like traveling back in time to 1960's or 1970`s Japan.
Yaki Nasu (Grilled Eggplant)
1Must Eat !
Yaki Nasu (Grilled Eggplant) / ¥500
Yaki Nasu at Renkon-ya are simply grilled, then served with the skin peeled. It comes with a mixture of ginger and soy sauce that you can dip the eggplants in or just pour over it. The ginger gives it a refreshing kick over slightly smoky flavor of the eggplants. Simply cooked food are one key point of Kyoto-style cuisines.
Nikujyaga (meat and potato stew)
2Must Eat !
Niku-jaga (meat and potato stew) / ¥800
Niku-jaga is a typical home-cooked dish that most Japanese people are familiar with. It’s definitely a Japanese “comfort food” with flavors of soy sauce and dashi with slight sweet taste. Try ordering it by saying the Japanese name, “niku-jaga,” it literately means “meat potato”.
Karashi Renkon
3Let's Try !
Karashi Renkon (mustard lotus root) / ¥700 for two pieces, ¥1,000 for three pieces
Lotus root is a common root vegetable eaten in Japan. Originally a regional food of Kumamoto Prefecture, located in south of Japan, Karashi Renkon is made by filling the lotus root with mustard. It’s Renkon-ya’s specialty menu item that is made in-house. Many people love the spiciness of mustard with excellent crunch of the vegetable which goes very well with some drinks like Japanese sake.
Sake (Kyo Chitose –Sakyo-ku,Kyoto)
4Let's Try !
Sake (Kyo Chitose –Sakyo-ku,Kyoto) / ¥1,000 for tokkuri bottle
Cold sake will be perfect for summer time! Ask to get it in a “tokkuri” bottle like shown in the picture and share it with friends. You can, of course, get room temperature sake instead, if you prefer. Besides sake, there are also beer, shochu, ume-shu (plum wine), whiskey, and wine.
How to Order & Eat
Renkon-ya how to eat and order 1


Renkon-ya how to eat and order 2

Try some items from the paper menu as well which consists of seasonal items.
- Order Tips -
On the English menu, the menu items are also written in Japanese romaji letters. Please try to order in Japanese as it will be a big help to the staff for them to give a smooth service.
Renkonya Interior Photo
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Categories Izakaya
Phone +81 75-221-1061
Address 236, Yamazakicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8032
Directions 6-minute walk from Keihan Line Sanjo Stn.
Hours 5pm - 11pm (L.O.)
Reservations Accepted
Closed Sunday, Irregular holidays
Notes Free Wi-Fi is available!
Price range
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Credit cards Accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menu is available
Menu Japanese, English
Languages spoken Japanese
Number of seats 20 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Separate areas for smokers and non-smokers
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