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Apr. 15, 2020 UPDATE
Tachinomi Kokoro - 立ち呑み ココロ -
Traveler Friendly
Kokoro has menus in basic English and the staff are all lovely, so don't hesitate to go.
Menu
Simple English, Chinese, Korean
Languages spoken
Simple English
358 6 6.7 1 reviews
Apr. 15, 2020 UPDATE

Tachinomi Kokoro

- 立ち呑み ココロ -
Traveler Friendly
Kokoro has menus in basic English and the staff are all lovely, so don't hesitate to go.
Menu
Simple English, Chinese, Korean
Languages spoken
Simple English
358 6 6.7 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Kokoro - A newcomer to the Kiyamachi bar scene offering delicious, reasonably priced food and drinks
Kokoro is a tiny wee standing bar tucked in an alleyway about 4-minutes from the Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station.
Despite its inconspicuous location, Kokoro has managed to garner a great deal of buzz which has quickly made it a staple in the area.
Heading inside, you'll be greeted to a retro 70s/80s vibe that makes it easy to forget that Kokoro actually only opened back in 2016.
Some of the staple dishes here are oden, yakitori and sashimi. However, they also have an awesome range of Japanese alcoholic too—and we're not just talking sake.
What’s more, everything's super cheap! If you're looking to get your fill of both delicious Japanese bar food and local sake, then Kokoro is the place to go.
Also, yes, Kokoro is open from noon! Meaning that since you're on holiday, you can get your drink on basically as soon as you wake up! Even if getting plastered on a Wednesday afternoon isn't your thing, Kokoro is still a great place to check out for lunch for those wanting to get a taste of real local Japanese soul food.
There are so many things to like about Kokoro that all we can say is that you have to check it out for yourself!
1Recommended
Oden stewed in Miso
Oden stewed in Miso / From ¥100
One of Kokoro's signature dishes is their oden stewed in miso sauce. Oden is a popular type of stew in Japan and it's made by letting ingredients sit for and slowly soak up the broth for hours. This, of course, means that the delicious daikon radish, boiled egg and tofu pictured above are infused with the rich flavors of miso, which simply burst forth with every bite. However, possibly one of the best things about Kokoro's miso oden is the fact that the miso isn't overpowering in any way. If you wanna do it like a local, then make sure to get your oden with a glass of sake or beer. You can order the oden one piece at a time, so you can pick and choose what you think might look good.
2Recommended
Sashimi Platter
Sashimi Platter / ¥650
Another dish that Kokoro takes pride in is their sashimi. Despite the incredibly cheap price tag, all the thickly cut pieces of sashimi are fresh and mouth-wateringly tender. Especially the salmon, which is outrageously good for how cheap it is. If you're looking for an authentic Japanese izakaya experience, then sashimi is a must!
3Let's Try!
Egg
Egg / Single: ¥100, double: ¥200, triple: ¥300
For those of you who want to try something a bit different, I recommend this dish, the “Egg!” This is an omelet—or in our case, scrambled eggs—that you make yourself. When you order the dish, you're given a small pipping hot iron skillet which you pour the eggs in and mix. The standard egg mixture comes with salt, pepper and mayonnaise, so it tastes great as is, but if you're looking to spice things up a bit, there are also a few toppings available as well. These include spicy mentaiko cod roe and cheese. This dish is unlike any omelet we'd ever seen at bars in Japan, so put your culinary skills to the test and try it out!
How to Order

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The food menu is only in English, but the drinks menu is in English, Chinese, and Korean. 

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The toppings for the egg dish are: Cheese, spicy mentaiko cod roe, salmon flakes, marinated nori tsukudani seaweed, and nametake mushrooms (all cost ¥20 each).
The most popular combo is cheese and mentaiko (this is what we got).

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You can make the dish by yourself or have the staff make it for you. This was our first time so we had the staff make it for us. 

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First, pour all the ingredients onto the hot skillet. 

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Then mix. While you mix the egg, you're treated to the delicious smells of the eggs and cheese as they cook (my mouth's watering just thinking about it).
You want to start digging in before the egg gets too hard and while it's still a little runny!

- Order Tips -

There are tables at the far end of the bar, but note that there is a ¥300 table charge.
But at least it's nice to know that they are there for when you legs get too tired of standing.

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