Apr. 02, 2019 UPDATE

ao・onigiri

- 青おにぎり -
Traveler Friendly
There is an English menu available and the owner can speak English, so no need to worry about any kind of language barrier!
Menu
English available
Languages spoken
English
248 5 --- 0 reviews
Apr. 02, 2019 UPDATE

ao・onigiri

- 青おにぎり -
Traveler Friendly
There is an English menu available and the owner can speak English, so no need to worry about any kind of language barrier!
Menu
English available
Languages spoken
English
248 5 --- 0 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Feel revitalized with the incredible rice balls of onigiri specialist—ao・onigiri
ao・onigiri is an Onigiri specialist, where you can indulge in fresh, hand-made onigiri rice balls. Onigiri refers to the triangular or sometimes round balls of rice which have been a cherished staple of Japanese lunch boxes, and even just as snacks on the go, for millennia. Here at ao・onigiri, you get to sit down at the counter and see the owner cook up onigiri rice balls right in front of you, just like at a traditional sushi restaurant. From making sure the kitchen is stocked, to prepping the ingredients and whipping up the onigiri, the experienced head chef and owner, Aomatsu, runs the entire place by himself. That’s probably why when it gets busy, Aomatsu doesn’t waste time on formalities and can come off a bit direct. So depending on your timing, you might walk in and feel a bit of tension in the air. However, no matter how Aomatsu comes across, there’s one thing you can be sure of, that he’ll be in there every day, cooking up Japanese soul food, with the sole purpose of bringing a little bit of sunshine to your day. And that feeling definitely comes across in every single one of the delicious onigiri he makes too. So when you come to ao・onigiri, don’t judge a book by its cover, go in with an open mind and save any judgments for after you’ve tried a mouthful of the absolutely mouthwatering rice balls. ao・onigiri does have a fantastic English menu as well, but they are certainly not trying to pander to Kyoto’s tourist crowd. ao・onigiri cherishes locals and work to be a spot loved and frequented by those locals. That’s why we think ao・onigiri is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get off the beaten path of sightseeing spots in Kyoto and enjoy somewhere that’s, at its heart, by locals, for locals.
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Details
Open Hours
11:30 Until Sold Out (Usually around 17:00)
Reservations
Orders for take-out are available; however, reservations for eating-in are unavailable. If you would like to pick up a take-out order without waiting, please contact the store a day in advance and place your order over the phone. (Refer to the photos in the “How to Order & Eat!” section above for the menu) Please specify the pickup time when you place your order, Phone calls available from 10:00 to 20:00
Closed
Monday and some Tuesdays Please check Google maps for information on Tuesday closed days.
Price range
Credit cards
Unavailable. PayPay and ALIPAY are Available
Good for
Solo, With Friends, Families with Children
Number of seats
10 Counter Seats
Private dining rooms
Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking
Non-smoking
Groups of 5 or more cannot be accommodated. (Take-outs are available) You may have to wait outside the store at lunchtime if it’s busy (Especially 11:00 to 14:00). If you aren’t a fan of waiting, it’s best to place an order over the phone a day in advance and pick it up at the store.
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