Mar. 20, 2019 UPDATE


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Taste authentic Beijing cuisine and enjoy Spanish baroque architecture at Tohkasaikan, a restaurant overlooking the Kamo River
Tohkasaikan is a Chinese restaurant specializing in Beijing-style cuisine in a Spanish baroque style building by the Kamo River. Before Tohkasaikan, a western-style restaurant Yao Masa was in the building Tohkasaikan currently is, but Yao Masa closed down because of business difficulties around the time of the Second World War. In 1945, Yao Masa’s owner’s friend, Yu Yongshan, a native of China’s Shandong province, took over the business, and made it Tohkasakan. Right after entering the restaurant, you get to see the high ceiling and elaborate pillars, and feel the gorgeous atmosphere. The lift of the restaurant is one of the oldest in Japan, and requires a staff member to operate it – the lift felt like it was out of a Ghibli movie! They have many private rooms, so you can enjoy the scenery of the Kamo River from the quietness of your own room. Moreover, every summer they have a “beer garden” type of event in the rooftop, where you get to enjoy both Chinese cuisine and beer at the same time – outside!
Red braised shark fin
Red braised shark fin / ¥6000 (+tax)
The shark fin is one of the three high-grade products of Chinese cuisine. It has a soft elastic texture and it is rich in nutritional and cosmetic value. The conditioning method requires a slow, controlled fire, and the pre-treatment cannot afford to be sloppy and is extremely time-consuming. Serve with a rich, sweet and savory soup, it's a perfect one.
Sweet and sour pork
Sweet and sour pork / ¥1500 (+tax)
Sweet and sour pork is a popular basic dish in Chinese cuisine. First, the pork is fried until it is crispy. Then green pepper, wood ear mushrooms, onion, and bamboo shoot are added, and finally a lot of sweet and sour sauce is poured onto these ingredients. The dish has just the right amount of sweetness and sourness. It’s fresh, non-greasy, and appetite-enhancing.
Sea cucumber braised with shallots Shandong-style
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Sea cucumber braised with shallots Shandong-style / ¥3800 (+tax)
Sea cucumber is actually not a plant, but a marine animal. And a luxury-item when it comes to Chinese cuisine. When using dried sea cucumbers, they need to be soaked for days before they can be eaten. The broth contains soy sauce and has a rich aroma, while the sea cucumber has a soft, smooth texture. The shallots help the flavors penetrate the sea cucumbers. This dish is very kung fu!
Fried spring rolls
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Fried spring rolls / ¥1500 (+tax)
Unlike ordinary fried spring rolls, this spring roll doesn't use spring roll skin and instead uses egg skin as a replacement. The stuffing is filled with pork and vegetables and provides a rich layered taste. After being deep fried at high temperature, the spring roll has a crispy egg flavor and refreshing quality that will make people sing its praises and savor it in their dreams.
How to Order

Tohkasaikan menu

The menu also has English and Chinese, so ordering is very simple and easy. In addition, the staff can speak Chinese and English so you can ask them if you have any questions.

- Order Tips -

tips Tohkasaikan 1

Even though this is a Beijing cuisine restaurant, this Sichuan-style Gongbao shrimp dish with its large fresh prawns and slightly spicy flavor is really appetizing. 

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There is also a thin-skinned, sumptuously filled dumpling which is a classic Chinese snack on each dinner table. The extra elastic skin and the appropriately proportioned pork filling is a dish that no one wants to miss out on no matter how full their stomach is.

3.7 food3.8 service3.0 atmosphere4.3
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere4.5
In a western-style building, you can taste Chinese cuisine while admiring the Kamogawa and enjoying a pleasant dining time. The old elevator is especially impressive. The sweet and sour pork and dumplings are both amazing and delicious. I believe you will fall in love with the Chinese food here once you have tasted it!
3.7 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
In a traditional western building with over 90 years of history, you can enjoy authentic Beijing cuisine. Near Kawaramachi Station, it is a very convenient location for transport. In an atmosphere that combines east and west, it is a place where people can have a pleasurable dining experience.
3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
Tohkasaikan / 東華菜館
Category Chinese
Phone +81 75-221-1147
Address 140-2 Saitocho, Nishiishigaki Shijo-dori Kudaru, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions 3 minutes from Exit 3, Gion-Shijō Station, Keihan Main Line 1-minute walk from Exit 1B of Kawaramachi Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line
Open Hours 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Last orders at 9:00 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Open every day.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The architecture is Spanish baroque but the cuisine authentically Chinese. The view over the Kamo River is great too, so this is the perfect place for you to enjoy a meal.
Menu Japanese, English, Chinese.
Lanuages spoken English, Chinese.
Number of seats 400
Private dining rooms Yes.
Non smoking / smoking Smoking and non-smoking areas
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