Fuyacho Uneno – The refined dashi of a Kyoto veteran in an inconspicuous hideout
Fuyacho Uneno is an oden restaurant located to the south of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. However, being tucked away in a multi-tenant building means you would seldom be able to find it unless you already knew where it was.
Fuyacho Uneno is the official oden restaurant of long-standing Kyoto dashi producer Odashi Uneno. As would be expected from an oden restaurant owned by a commercial producer of dashi, the soup stock at Uneno is simply on another level.
Not only that, the dashi that the ingredients of the oden are stewed in is different from that which is poured over each dish. Apparently, this is a planned move to allow customers to enjoy the unadulterated flavors of the dashi.
The two serving oden at Uneno are Mr. Yamamoto, who sports a trademark tie, and Fukuda, who dons a snazzy bow tie. Original Italian chefs, remnants of the western influence on the two can be seen throughout the restaurant.
While maintaining a respect for Japanese traditions, Uneno infuses aspects of western cooking into their dishes in a calculated way to further bring out the delicate flavors of the dashi. This is most apparent in dishes such as the ham topped noodles and those using mozzarella cheese.
As the entrance is quite confusing, you might feel a little nervous and not know if you’re allowed in. But don’t worry, you are. After opening the white door, the tie donning, friendly duo will kindly welcome you in.
If you’re not too familiar with oden, then ask for omakase and leave it to Yamamoto and Fukuda. We have no doubt that after this experience, you’ll fall in love with Kyoto’s oden.