Mar. 03, 2017 UPDATE


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A rare opportunity to eat Akashi-yaki in Kyoto
At Takonyudo, you can eat something that is unusual to eat in Kyoto. That is the Akashi-yaki, a regional food of Akashi City in Hyogo prefecture next to Kyoto. The octopus sign outside and the name (tako meaning octopus in Japanese) may be the luring factors to go in for tourists while at many times, these tourists turn into regulars. Local and visitors alike, many people seek to eat the Akashi-yaki along with some drinks and other delicious side dishes. Although young people are also seen drinking here, the ambience is something that’s comfortably familiar to Japanese people in their 50’s or older. Drinking here will give you a unique feeling that can only be experienced in Japan.
Akashi-yaki (octopus balls with broth)
Akashi-yaki (octopus balls with broth) / ¥520
These Akashi-yaki are prepared in a cast iron mold, and are prepared by pouring in the batter with good amount of eggs and dropping in pieces of octopus. The octopus pieces are not skimpy at all. The just-right sized pieces of octopus are surrounded by fluffy omelet-like outer part. Dunk them in a bowl of flavorful hot broth with some ginger and see it become even softer.
Iidako (baby octopus)
Iidako (baby octopus) / ¥470
These are meant to just pop into your mouth and eat it whole. Baby octopuses, or iidako. are cooked till tender with flavors of soy sauce and sugar that remind Japanese people of home-cooked dishes. Try it if you love eating octopuses, these are tender and tasty.
Asari no Sakamushi (steamed clams in sake)
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Asari no Sakamushi (steamed clams in sake) / ¥470
The steamed clams are one of popular dishes in Takonyudo. It’s delicious, has slight sweet taste, and fun to eat. It’s steamed with sake which brings out extreme amount of delightful flavor.
Fried Yuba (tofu skin)
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Fried Yuba (tofu skin) / ¥470
Something that you won’t be able to get at every izakaya bar is this fried yuba. Regionally popular, yuba, or skin of the tofu, are crispy fried and sprinkled with salt. It’s crispy that you can eat it like chips. Snack on these fried yuba to enjoy a Kyoto-esque night of drinking.
How to Order
There is no English menu available. All the dishes are from ¥420 to ¥520. Beer, Japanese sake, ume-shu (plum wine), whiskey, fanta, cola, and oolong tea are available.
- Order Tips -
The dishes are all displayed on the counter. Have fun and look around to see which one you want to try. If you see someone eating a dish that looks delicious, go ahead, point it out, and try ordering it!
3.3 food3.5 service2.8 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.2 food3.5 service2.5 atmosphere3.5
Takonyudo sure is an unique place to have a drink in middle of Kyoto city inside Kiyamachi area. First, you will see a sign with an octopus illustration indicating that this place serves some type of octopus dish. And they sure do. Try the Akashi-yaki which is something rare to eat in Kyoto. I hear the customers and the owner chef conversing about sports and such. The izakaya feels as it could exist in a small town, but in contrast it's in middle of a busy drinking area.
3.3 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
Takonyudo is a place always crowded with locals and businessmen/women hanging out after work. From their specialty of Akashi-yaki to Japanese dishes that are in small pots that looks to have soaked up lots of flavors. I hope that you will enjoy different kinds of dishes while drinking beer or Japanese sake. Many dishes have been traditionally eaten in Japan. Although there maybe dishes you have never seen before, I hope you will challenge on eating it!
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Takonyudo / たこ入道
Category Izakaya
Phone +81 75-221-1443
Address 204, Shimokorikicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8016
Directions 4-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn. 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Open Hours 5pm - 2am
Reservations Yes for a small group
Closed Thursday
Price range
Most of the dishes are ¥420~¥520
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
No English menu available, but dishes can be visually seen on the counter
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 26 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Smoking

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