Asai Shokudo – A renowned western-style restaurant beloved by locals born from a curiosity and love for cooking
Asai Shokudo is a western-style restaurant located in the suburbs surrounding the Shimogamo Shrine. Since its opening in 2014, Asai Shokudo has maintained a steady popularity that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast.
Including its famous hamburger steaks, Asai Shokudo is known for its tasty food, huge selection of over 40 wines and desserts, like it’s massive waffles.
Located in a suburban street just off one of Kyoto’s main drags, Asai Shokudo sees mostly a mix of locals of all ages and genders having fun and enjoying their meals together. With red being the mainstay of the restaurant’s interior design, Asai Shokudo’s retro atmosphere gives off a homely feeling that makes you wanna stay there forever.
Asai Shokudo works on the philosophy of “ridding yourself of preconceived notions.” The owner of Asai Shokudo, Asai, has a passion for cooking and a strong curiosity, so when it comes to things which are classed as “normal,” he can’t help but ask, “why?”
– “Why do we need filler in hamburger patties?” “Why does everyone use the same variety of shrimp? Can’t we use something different?” –
It’s questions like these that are the basis of many of Asai Shokudo’s now-famous dishes and is what gave rise to their passionate fan base.
Although located near the popular tourist spot “Shimogamo Shrine,” Asai Shokudo is still little known to tourists. While you may be used to western cooking, the refined flavors of Asai Shokudo’s dishes are sure to be a pleasant surprise. If you’re in the area, then definitely Asai Shokudo a visit.