Sep. 29, 2023 UPDATE
Warajiya - わらじや -
Traveler Friendly
The staff can’t speak English, but as the restaurant only has one course you shouldn’t have any trouble with ordering.
Menu
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
3533 12 --- 0 reviews
Sep. 29, 2023 UPDATE

Warajiya

- わらじや -
Traveler Friendly
The staff can’t speak English, but as the restaurant only has one course you shouldn’t have any trouble with ordering.
Menu
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
3533 12 --- 0 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Eel hot pot dish with a rich broth flavor, served at a 400-year-old restaurant
Approximately a 3-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Railway. Across from the national treasure Sanjusangendo, there is a restaurant specializing in eel stew called Warajiya. This place was founded in 1624. It is a long-established restaurant that has kept its taste for a long time. The name of the restaurant comes from an episode of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a shogun during the Warring States "Sengoku" period. It is said that every time Hideyoshi came to see the construction of the Great Buddha at Hokoji Temple near the store, he would take off his waraji (traditional Japanese straw sandals) at this store and take a rest, hence the name "Warajiya". As a long-established restaurant that has been in business for hundreds of years, the building has a unique atmosphere and refined appearance. Just looking at the courtyard is enough to experience a Kyoto-like atmosphere. The word "kan-kaku" on the restaurant's noren (curtain) represents the Japanese proverb, a person who has burned the inside of his mouth from eating hot food and stubbornly tries to cool it down by blowing on the cold food as well, in a fit of anger. The concept of "Warajiya" as expressed in the words of the noren is to "keep the taste of the food served at Warajiya the same with persistence and to make it memorable in the hearts and memories of our customers. Please enjoy a hot pot and rice porridge with plenty of fragrant grilled eel at Warajiya, where such thoughts and Kyoto's long history are engraved.
1Recommended
Unabe
Unabe *a part of Unabe and Uzousui course / ¥7,000 (Inc. tax) *Unabe and Uzousui course price
Here is Warajiya's famous "unabe" eel stew. The unabe contains round slices of eel, grilled green onions, wheat gluten and vermicelli, and is flavored with ginger. The eel is tubular and is slowly grilled before being deboned so that it can be eaten as is. Please enjoy the tender and delicious eel. ※Unabe and Uzousui course are include with... ・Matcha & " sennari " traditional confectionary ・Hassun, seasonal appetizer ・Seasonal fruits as dessert
2Recommended
Uzousui
Uzofusui *a part of Unabe Tozo Fusui course
Uzousui is served after eating "unabe" eel stew. In the next pot, rice is added to make a "zosui" rice porridge, so that every drop of the broth can be savored. "Uzofusui" contains grilled white eel, shiitake mushrooms, burdock roots, carrots, mistuba (Japanese honewort), eggs, and mochi rice cake. You can enjoy the gentle taste typical of Kyoto using the restaurant's signature dashi broth.
3Let's Try!
Grilled Eel Shirayaki
Grilled Eel Shirayaki / Half:¥2,500 (Inc. tax) /Whole: ¥4,900(Inc. tax) ※ Photo shows half of Grilled Eel Shirayaki
This is a dish of fresh eel, slowly and carefully grilled. Shiroyaki is grilled eel without seasoning, allowing you to fully enjoy the original flavor of the eel. You can enjoy it with wasabi soy sauce.
4Let's Try!
Mamushi Bento (Extra Special)
Mamushi Bento (Extra Special) / ¥4,500 (Inc. tax)
Mamushi bento box featuring eel cooked in Warajiya's secret sauce. Mamushi means eel bowl. Enjoy the taste of a long-established restaurant in a casual manner with this bento box. The smaller Mamushi Bento is also available (3/4 fish) for ¥3,500 (Inc. tax).
How to Order


At Warajiya, matcha green tea and a dry confectionery, "wasanbon", are served at the beginning of each lunch course.

These dried confectioneries, made of “wasanbon” (refined Japanese sugar) and called “Sennari”, are an original product of this restaurant, with the “hiragana” character “Warajiya” inscribed on it. It is sold for 1,500 yen and can be purchased as a souvenir.


- Order Tips -
In addition to the courses, there are a variety of individual dishes, so you may add something to eat depending on your appetite.

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