Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Zezekan Pocchiri

- 膳處漢ぽっちり -
Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine at Zezekan Pocchiri, a restaurant located in a machiya townhouse that used to be a kimono store
This restaurant looks classically European from the outside, but inside it is a traditional machiya townhouse. This is rare even in Kyoto, and at this restaurant, Zezekan Pocchiri, you can enjoy Chinese imperial cuisine. The restaurant is located on a 661 square meter plot of land, and you can enjoy your authentic Chinese cuisine while you enjoy a view of the well taken care of garden of the restaurant. The restaurant is not only popular among the locals, but also among tourists. The tastes of the dishes that combine traditional Chinese recipes with local ingredients are very complex, and even among these dishes, their shark fin and turtle dishes are something that even the most seasoned food critics in Kyoto can’t get enough of. They sell pork dumplings called Shimidare Butaman during Gion Matsuri, and these pork dumplings are so delicious that there is always a line of people waiting to buy them. In the back of the garden, in a renovated old warehouse, you can find a bar called Pocchiri, where you can enjoy alcoholic drinks. They also offer lunch, so I wish you will visit this restaurant both for lunch and for dinner.
Shark fin simmered in red soy sauce (blue shark)
Shark fin simmered in red soy sauce (blue shark) / ¥8,000 and up
One of the most popular dishes at this restaurant is this dish, which uses shark fin, one of the most luxurious ingredients in Chinese cuisine. You can also enjoy other luxurious shark fin soups such as “golden simmer” and miso-crab. You can choose your shark fin from blue shark, salmon shark, and shortfin mako shark.
Peking duck
Peking duck / Half: ¥4,000 Whole: ¥7,400
The Peking duck is crisp, and as expected, it’s one of the most popular dishes at this restaurant. You can choose from a half or whole duck. In the picture, you can see what a half a duck looks like.
Large shrimp in garlicky chili sauce
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Large shrimp in garlicky chili sauce / ¥2,000
They have a nice selection of seafood, also something very famous about Chinese cuisine, but I would like to recommend their large shrimp in garlicky chili sauce. You can eat this big shrimp with a knife and a fork, and the texture of it is also perfect.
Original Chinese chive dumplings
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Original Chinese chive dumplings / ¥700
They also have a good dim sum menu, with xiaolongbao and jiaozi dumplings and spring rolls on it. You can choose how many you want to order. In the picture, you can see original Chinese chive dumplings, which is a recommended dish here.
How to Order

Zezekan Pocchiri menu

Ordering is easy as their menu is in both English and Chinese. If you have any allergies please tell the staff when ordering. 

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tips - Zezekan Pocchiri

You can enjoy alcoholic drinks at the bar Pocchiri located in the back of the garden in a renovated warehouse. 

3.4 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere3.8
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.2 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
If you want to have authentic Chinese cuisine in the Karasuma area, you have to go to Zezekan Pocchiri. They have everything from luxurious menu items to reasonably priced dim sum. Even in Kyoto, this restaurant is one of the few where you can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine and the beautiful garden at the same time. This restaurant can be recommended for couples, families, and for business dinners.
3.7 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
It was quite an experience to have meals in a renovated traditional kimono store. The enclosed garden depicts natural beauty and you can enjoy it while having meals. The staff is all professional with hospitality and you might be impressed by their genuine Chinese cuisine.
3.7 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere3.5
Zezekan Pocchiri / 膳處漢ぽっちり
Category Chinese
Phone +81 75-257-5766
Address 283-2 Tenjinyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions An eight-minute walk from both Hankyu Karasuma and subway Shijo stations.
Open Hours Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Last orders at 2:00 p.m.) Dinner: 5:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Last orders at 9:30 p.m.) Bar: 5:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight (Last orders at 11:30 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Open every day.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children, Business Meeting
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
This restaurant is popular among tourists so they’re used to foreign customers.
Menu Japanese, English, and Chinese.
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 196
Private dining rooms Yes
Non smoking / smoking Separate areas for smokers and nonsmokers.
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