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Sep. 04, 2020 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
Languages spoken
English
291 5 --- 0 reviews
Sep. 04, 2020 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
Languages spoken
English
291 5 --- 0 reviews
Story & Recommendation
ao・onigiri - All you'll Need to Recoup some Energy for your Travels
ao・onigiri is an onigiri rice ball specialist that offers fresh rice balls made right before your eyes. Onigiri are the triangular or sometimes round balls of rice which have been a cherished staple of Japanese lunch boxes and quick and easy snacks for millennia. Just like at a high-end sushi restaurant, here at ao・onigiri, you get to sit down at a counter and witness owner Aomatsu do his thing as he whips up the rice balls right in front of you. From making sure the kitchen is stocked to prepping the ingredients and making the onigiri, the experienced head chef and owner, Aomatsu, runs the ao・onigiri entirely by himself. That’s probably why when it gets busy, Aomatsu doesn’t waste time on formalities and can come off a bit direct sometimes. 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 single purpose of bringing a little bit of sunshine to your day. This feeling certainly comes across too in every single one of his delicious handmade rice balls. 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. While ao・onigiri does have a fantastic English menu, they are certainly not trying to pander to Kyoto’s tourist crowd. ao・onigiri cherishes locals and works to be somewhere loved and frequented by them. That’s why we think ao・onigiri is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get off Kyoto's beaten sightseeing path and enjoy somewhere that’s, at its heart, by locals, for locals.
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Details
Open Hours
11:30 p.m. Until Sold Out (Usually around 5 p.m.)
Reservations
Take-out orders are accepted but eat-in reservations are not. 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 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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
None
Non smoking / smoking
Non-smoking
Groups of 5 or more cannot be accommodated. (Take-outs available) You may have to wait outside the store at lunchtime if it’s busy (Especially 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). 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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