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A juicy selection of yakitori matched with a signature rice dish

Umaimonyaki Sun

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Umaimonyaki Sun
The restaurant is a 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. The Kiyamachi area is one of Kyoto’s main hubs for bars and eateries, and it has a number of slender alleyways that crisscross throughout the neighborhood. You’ll find Umaimonyaki Sun tucked away in one of those small alleyways crossing through Kiyamachi. Umaimonyaki Sun is especially popular for their masterfully cooked yakitori chicken skewers served with specially prepared dipping sauces, as well as their fresh selection of ve...moregetables. Their yakitori is perfectly cooked with a juicy texture and delightful aroma, which is an incredible way to enjoy the chicken’s distinctive savoriness. Their vegetable ingredients include hard-to-find locally sourced veggies from Kyoto that are fresh enough to enjoy even when they’re raw. They also carry a selection of alcohol to pair up with their food. In addition to their yakitori, they are also known for their specialty “Lard Rice,” which is an excellent dish to finish your meal off with. As you might expect from the name, Lard Rice is prepared with warm rice mixed together with lard, which is a simple yet satisfying dish that will leave you craving another helping for days to come. Umaimonyaki Sun provides a fun Japanese izakaya dining experience with a well-balanced selection of food to choose from, including dishes with chicken, vegetables, and rice.
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Umaimonyaki Sun offers a diverse range of chicken cuts for their yakitori, and they use the best type of seasoning to highlight the flavor of each cut. I recommend trying their Lard Rice after finishing up a plate of yakitori. The lard has a deep flavor that flows throughout the rice and makes for a delicious, addictive dish. This is the type of dish that you won’t find anywhere else but here, which means you’ll definitely want to share some photos of it with your friends on social media.
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Umaimonyaki Sun is a well-known restaurant in Kiyamachi that mainly serves charcoal grilled yakitori, but they also offer a premium selection of fresh vegetables, which has helped them garner a large following of female customers. They also offer an exclusive specialty dish called “Lard Rice.” You definitely don’t want to miss out on it, so make sure you save some of your appetite while you finish off the yakitori skewers.
Chef’s Choice of 10 Kushiyaki Skewers
1Must Eat !
Chef’s Choice of 10 Kushiyaki Skewers / ¥1,800 (+tax)
This porcelain platter of kushiyaki skewers features a selection of ten kushiyaki skewers, consisting of two skewers each of five different kinds, which includes pork and bacon skewers in addition to yakitori chicken. They cook their yakitori over high grade charcoal for a perfect juicy finish that brings out the chicken’s delicious savory flavor. With five different kinds of skewers on one platter, you can have fun sampling the different textures and flavors of each one.
*You can add an additi...moreonal 5 skewers for ¥900.
2Must Eat !
Lard Rice / ¥350 (+tax)
This dish features cooked rice topped with lard along with a special homemade sauce. The lard seeps in and coats each grain of rice together with their homemade sweet and salty sauce, which makes for a deep and flavorful dish. It’s perfect when you have a bite right after the warm rice is mixed up nicely with the lard and sauce. There is also a fun little set of illustrations on the menu that shows you how they make it.
Hinemomo aburiyaki
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Hinemomo aburiyaki / Half Portion ¥800 (+ tax) / Full Portion ¥1,400 (+ tax)
Hinedori consists of bite-sized pieces of broiled chicken meat. The chicken has a firm and crisp texture that becomes more savory and delicious with each bite. They come seasoned with salt and pepper, and there is also a little bit of lemon to add a refreshing touch of acidity. This dish pairs up perfectly with a beer.
* The photo shows the Full Portion size.
Avocado with Homemade Red Chili Oil
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Avocado with Homemade Red Chili Oil / ¥500 (+tax)
This dish combines the spiciness of red chili oil with the aroma of sesame oil, which comes together with the soft, sticky texture of the avocado. The seasoning has a nice depth to it that goes wonderfully with a beer. The dish is ready almost immediately after you order it, so it’s a great choice for a quick appetizer to snack on with a round of drinks.
How to Order & Eat
Umaimonyaki Sun how to order & eat

Umaimonyaki Sun how to order & eat

Umaimonyaki Sun how to order & eat

Umaimonyaki Sun how to order & eat

Their menu is only available in Japanese, but they have each menu category listed. “TORIAEZU” is for quick appetizers and starters. “YASAI” is for their vegetable dishes. “TORI” lists their food with chicken in it. “KUSHI” is for yakitori and other skewered food. “SUMIYAKI” covers charcoal grilled chicken, beef, and other foods. “SHIME” is for dishes like rice and noodles. “NIKUSAINABE” is for hot pot dishes and “DESSERT” covers their sweets and dessert items.
- Order Tips -
・The Chef’s Choice of 10 Kushiyaki Skewers is a great dish to start with if you’re not sure what to order. Finishing off your meal with their Lard Rice is also highly recommended before you check out the rest of the menu.
・There is a ¥300 cover charge for each person.
Interior
Umaimonyaki Sun Interior Photo
Their interior has a bright and pristine ambiance, and there are tables and counter seats on the first floor.
Umaimonyaki Sun Interior Photo
On the second floor you’ll find tables and seating for two guests each. Make sure you watch yourself while going up to the second floor since the stairway is a little steep and narrow.
Detail
Access
Head north along Kiyamachi Street until you see a signboard on the right-hand side with たこ入道 written on it. From there you’ll see a narrow path next to it that leads to Umaimonyaki Sun.The noren shop curtain at the entrance features their mascot on it, which is based on a flame motif.
Umaimonyaki Sun Appearance PhotoUmaimonyaki Sun Appearance Photo
Umaimonyaki Sun
Categories Izakaya
Phone +81 75-221-1036
Address 204-3, Shimokorikicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8016
Directions 4-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.
5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 6pm - 12am (L.O.11:30pm)
* Sundays and holidays 5:30pm - 12am (L.O.11:30pm)
Reservations Accepted
Closed Open everyday
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The staff only speaks Japanese, but if you have any questions you can use hand gestures to help get the meaning across.
Menu Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 36 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
Umaimonyaki Sun +81 75-221-1036 -1/3

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