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) / ￥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) / ￥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) / ￥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) / ￥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 OrderThere 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!
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Takonyudo / たこ入道
|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|
Most of the dishes are ￥420~￥520
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
No English menu available, but dishes can be visually seen on the counter
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|
|Number of seats||26 seats|
|Private dining rooms||None|
|Non smoking / smoking||Smoking|