A Flavor-Rich Eel Hot Pot by a Restaurant Founded 400 Years Ago
A three minute walk from the Keihan Shichijo station, on the opposite side of the Sanjugen-do temple there is a restaurant specializing in eel hot pot. The long established restaurant, Warajiya, was founded in 1624, over 390 years ago!
The name of the restaurant comes from an anecdote about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, shogun of Japan during the Sengoku period. It is said that when visiting Kyoto Toyotomi Hideyoshi took a break at this restaurant, taking off his “waraji”-sandals. So that is how the name of the restaurant, Warajiya, was born!
You can feel the almost 400 year history of the restaurant also from the atmosphere of the restaurant building. Just gazing at the inner garden is a Kyoto experience in itself.
Warajiya only has one course, the “uzousui” course. The unagi(eel) gives the u to the “ufuzousui”, “unabe”, and the “uzousui”. The unabe hot pot and uzousui porridge of rice and vegetables are especially famous. The unabe hot pot and uzousui porridge are a rare treat that you can only taste at Warajiya. The hot pot and porridge both contain an abundant amount of fragrant grilled unagi. The dishes are simple, the taste coming from a mellow tsuyu-sauce flavored with dashi-soup stock, and the dishes contain plenty of unagi with few other ingredients. All this brings out the taste of the unagi in the dishes. In this restaurant you can feel the long history of the place in the air, you are sure to have a Japanese cuisine experience you are going to remember fondly.