Savor refined Japanese dishes, made with care and sincerity
Japanese Cuisine Sakai is located in a quiet residential area south of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from the Subway Marutamachi Station.
As it’s found deep within the first floor of a mixed-use building, you may find yourself wondering, “Is this the right place?” Rest easy, though.
As soon as you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the kind host, along with the savory aroma of a charcoal grill.
This restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, where you can feel a sense of calm and friendliness that will smoothly sweep away any tension. If there’s one word that represents Sakai’s food, it’s “care.” The food’s made with all the care imaginable. Their dishes are not flashy or astonishingly novel, but you can truly sense the care and sincerity poured into every aspect. The importance the owner places on guests here steadily shines through, dish-by-dish, providing deep satisfaction to the mind and body. The more you eat, the happier you’ll get. When we start talking about Sakai’s charms, it’s impossible to stop. There’s the char-grilled Tamba beef (a specialty from the owner’s birthplace), the restaurant’s own famous soft dashimaki tamago (rolled omelets), and the rice that comes out with it… And to think that you can have this alluring Japanese cuisine starting at ¥6,500; “reasonable” doesn’t begin to describe it.
Sakai, a restaurant offering delicious Japanese cuisine, where the good-humored, friendly host comes out to greet you. This local fixture is one you’ve got to visit when you’re in Kyoto.
*This restaurant is reservations-only, so please make sure to make a reservation through a concierge ahead of time.