Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Oniku no Osushi Sanjo Sakaimachi

- おにくのおすし -
Almost raw wagyu beef sushi at the exceptional Oniku no Osushi in the middle of Kyoto
Wagyu beef is something the people of Kyoto and the tourists coming here can’t get enough of. But if you want to enjoy wagyu beef to the fullest, you’ll have to try it as rare as possible. And at Oniku no Osushi Sanjo Sakaimachi you can do just that! The beef they use here is all Matsusaka beef, one of three most famous wagyu beef brands in Japan, reared in the Matsusaka region of Mie. The wagyu beef here goes through a secret process which kills the bacteria in it, making it perfectly safe to eat without having to cook it first. The wagyu beef is then made into delectable pieces of sushi by a seasoned sushi chef and if you get a seat on the first floor, you’ll get to watch him work his magic up close! The restaurant is located near the Teramachi Shopping Street, a short walking distance from many train stations, like subway Karasuma Oike Station and Hankyu Karasuma Station. They offer both lunch and dinner, and you can even get a cup of sake to go with your wagyu sushi.
Wagyu Sushi (8 pieces)
Wagyu Sushi (8 pieces) / ¥4,500 (+tax)
This is the one thing you definitely have to order at Oniku no Osushi Sanjo Sakaimachi. The way the marbled wagyu just melts in your mouth; the way the leaner parts of the wagyu are just full of flavor, and the umami in the miso-pickled wagyu just explodes in your mouth all make this something you can’t miss.
Wagyu Sushi and Kyoto-style vegetable sushi (8 pieces)
Wagyu Sushi and Kyoto-style vegetable sushi (8 pieces) / ¥2,980 (+tax)
If you want something a bit lighter, how about wagyu sushi with Kyoto-style pickled vegetable sushi? The pickled vegetables are from the famed Uchida Tsukemono pickle shop in Nishiki Market and taste crisp and fresh. The most special part of this sushi assortment is that you also get sushi topped with fu, a kind of Japanese wheat gluten very popular in Kyoto.
Marbled Wagyu Sashimi
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Marbled Wagyu Sashimi / ¥2,000 (+tax)
This restaurant is all about good wagyu beef being served as sushi, but tasting their ever-so-slightly roasted wagyu beef as sashimi was a revelation. Melt-in-your-mouth is oft-used to describe wagyu, but this sashimi surpasses that. It’s hard to describe how good wagyu sashimi here is – you just have to try it yourself.
Flat Iron Wagyu Beef Onigiri Served Sukiyaki-style
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Flat Iron Wagyu Beef Onigiri Served Sukiyaki-style / ¥1,200 (+tax)
If you’ve only had onigiri rice balls from convenience stores, you’re in for a surprise. This dish at Oniku no Osushi replaces the seaweed in an onigiri with flat iron wagyu beef, and the rice on this beef is topped not with a dried plum, but with the yolk of a quail egg. You roll the beef so that it covers the egg, and then just enjoy. The taste is sweet, salty, full of umami, and the wagyu beef is astonishingly tender.
How to Order

Oniku no Osushi menu

Their menu in English, so ordering is easy. 

- Order Tips -

tips - Oniku no Osushi

The best way to enjoy this restaurant is to enjoy as many different parts of the wagyu cow as possible. As this restaurant is run by the famous butcher shop WHAT’S, they can get their hands on even the rarest parts of the cow. So keep an open mind and try as many different things as you can! 

2.7 food2.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
2.7 food2.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
This restaurant is located in a new building that is going to house seven restaurants and bars. The building is new but looks very traditional and Japanese. Oniku no Osushi is the first one of these restaurants, so it’s very easy to find. I had never had wagyu sushi before, but I’m already looking forward to the second time I can try this delicacy. The texture of wagyu just feels much more prominent when you’re eating it (almost) raw here, it’s just like the umami had gone up a level.
3.0 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.0 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
Oniku no Osushi Sanjo Sakaimachi / おにくのおすし
Category Sushi, Wagyu / Steak
Phone +81 75-585-5666
Address 135-1 Doyu-cho, Sakaimachi Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 7-minute walk from subway Karasuma Oike Station or a 10-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station.
Open Hours Lunch: 11:29 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Last orders at 1:30 p.m.) Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Last orders at 8:30 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted by phone or through Japanese online reservation services such as Tabelog.
Closed Tuesdays.
Notes The restaurant is quite small so making a reservation is recommended.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They have English speaking staff and English menu, so you have nothing to worry about!
Menu English and Japanese
Lanuages spoken English and Japanese
Number of seats 12
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
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