Let’s try the Fushimi Inari specialty inarizushi and fragrant eel bowl at Nezameya which was founded in 1540!
Fushimi Inari Shrine has gotten the number one spot on one famous website where users can post their reviews, and is located by the famous shrine of Fushimi Inari where there are many souvenir shops and restaurants. Among these restaurants and shops, there is one that stands out: Nezameya, a restaurant with a history that started already in 1540.
The name Nezameya is said to have been given to the restaurant by the Sengoku period shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Presently, the famous restaurant often comes up when looking for places offering lunch near Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Their most popular dish is the eel bowl, but they also offer inarizushi, sushi rice stuffed inside a tofu pouch, mackerel sushi, udon, and soba noodles, and they even offer grilled sparrow and quail, all kinds of Japanese food. The restaurant being close to a major sightseeing spot, they, of course, have a menu in English and other languages, and gladly also serve foreign customers. If you go to Fushimi Inari Shrine, how about having lunch at Nezameya?
Unagi-don soup set (eel bowl)
The eel rice bowl, or Unagi-don, is the most popular dish in Nezameya. The Kansai kabayaki-style eel is grilled in front of the restaurant by the owner-chef. The crunchy, fragrant grilled eel is juicy inside. This secret sauce is not too sweet nor too salty but has just the right amount of both, and it makes the taste of the eel stand out even more, and also it is delicious. After tasting this, you will surely know the reason for its and the eel-liver soup’s popularity.
Inarizushi (7 pieces)
Inarizushi is a specialty of the Fushimi area, but it is also a specialty of Nezameya. In the sushi rice, you can also find black sesame and hemp seeds, which make the texture of the rice more interesting. The tofu pouches are steeped in a secret sauce which makes them taste great, but not too sweet. They are quite small so you should have no problem finishing seven of them.
*You can also get inarizushi to go, so I recommend you do this if the restaurant is overly crowded.