Inaseya: Karasuma-Oike
Karasuma-Oike / Izakaya
Yanagibanba Sanjo-sagaru, Aburayacho 93. [on Yanagi-banba-dori just N of Sanjo]
Open 11:30-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Sun: Open Sundays
decor: Notable decor

Chicken sukiyaki is the specialty of the house here, and they use only the very best free-range birds - slightly chewy and very flavorful - in all their dishes. Sit in the zashiki room overlooking the beautiful traditional garden and choose from one of the three sukiyaki-centered full-course menus, priced at Y4200, Y5250 and Y7350.

If you're more daring (and speak Japanese), you can chat with the staff at the counter and ask for recommendations from their excellent sake list, and explore the wide range of delicacies - including raw chicken livers! (They were better than we expected.) No English spoken.