Eel Rice Bowl Served in a Wooden Tub at a Famous Gion Restaurant
Gion’s Uokeya U is a restaurant famous for their dish called Uoke, unagi eel rice bowl that is served in a wooden bucket. The restaurant is located in the luxurious district of Gion, one street west of the Hanamikoji street. Uokeya U is listed on the Michelin Guide for 2017 as a one star restaurant. You can tell from just looking at the restaurant building that the restaurant is a dignified one. The dynamic lettering on their sign with the hiragana letter う(u) written so that it looks like an eel, the water tank covered with moss under the sign, and the renovated 100 year old town house the restaurant is located in are all refined and tasteful.
The main thing that separates Uokeya U from other restaurants has to be their specialty, the Uoke bucket. The cedar bucket is filled tightly with rice and then topped with kabayaki sweet soy-sauce unagi. There are not many dishes that look as luxurious and breathtaking. The rice that has soaked up the sauce and the unagi eel have a strong but not overpowering taste. It tastes so good that you just can’t stop eating!
If you are in Gion please experience Uokeya U at least once. While sightseeing in Gion, we recommend you take an unagi break to have some eel in a bucket.