Enjoy painstakingly prepared Japanese cuisine 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 the Pontocho area 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 Kamogawa River. This restaurant is 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 umami and the charm of Japanese cuisine, including fresh seafood dishes such as sashimi and grilled fish, 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)
Pontocho Robin’s Japanese course dinner comes highly recommended. With appetizers that use Japanese ingredients, sashimi, grilled dishes, rice, and dessert, this course provides a total of 8 different dishes which change periodically. The dishes are prepared with high quality ingredients selected by the chefs every single day. We hope you enjoy each of the dishes, which are carefully and delicately prepared to bring out the best of each ingredient. *A 10 course meal is also available at \10,000.
Grilled Japanese Beef with Salt / ￥3,600 (+tax)
This is a simple dish of salted and grilled Japanese Wagyu beef. The umami of the steak has an unbridled goodness. The meat is juicy and cooked to perfection. Let the staff know how you would like your steak cooked, well done, medium, or rare. The accompanying grilled vegetables are fragrant and keep their natural juicy goodness.
De-boned Sea Eel Otoshi / ￥2,300 (+tax)
It’s tradition in Kyoto to eat sea eel during the summer. It’s said that the ability of a chef lies in their ability to de-bone and prepare a sea eel to be easy to eat. The sea eel at Pontocho Robin is prepared to go down easy, while still retaining its soft texture. Sea eel has a light and simple flavor. We recommend the accompanying sauce which has been prepared with the delicious acidity of Japanese plum. For those looking to enjoy a Kyoto summer just like a local, sea eel is definite must try.
Sake / ￥3,500 (+tax) *Takeout available
Pontocho Robin stocks sake from Kyoto, as well as other regions in Japan. As there’s a diverse selection of sake are available, from dry to sweet, you can feel free to let the staff know your preferences and they will surely recommend a good sake for you. It’s also a good idea when ordering to ask for a sake that pairs well with your dinner. *The sake in the photo above 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.|