Karasuma-Oike: Izakaya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (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 heirloom-breed birds - slightly chewy and very flavorful - in all their dishes. Sit in the main dining room overlooking the beautiful traditional garden and settle in for a banquet-style prix-fixe menu (starting at Y7,800), or put together a more casual izakaya-style meal from the a la carte menu.

If you do order the sukiyaki a la carte, you can optionally finish off your meal with rice and eggs added to the leftover broth from the sukiyaki pot - a pleasant way to soak up the full flavor of the sukiyaki.

If you're in an adventurous sake-drinking mood (and speak Japanese), you can chat with the staff in the cozy counter area, exploring recommendations from their excellent drinks list along with snacks like grilled chicken and fish.

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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended