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Taroya is a popular izakaya (Japanese pub restaurant) that offers old style home-cooking meals and petite dishes for reasonable prices. Tucked away in a small alley near a large street of towering buildings is this restaurant inside of a small traditional Kyoto-style house. The menu is composed of many small dishes, all of which are simple and have an elegant light taste. The wonderful home-cooking that tastes like it could be made by your own mother makes for dishes you could eat every day without getting tired of, and keeps many businessmen from around the area coming back night after night. In addition to the 60 dishes on the regular menu, one can find a great variety with daily specials and seasonal recommendations.
- 473 Kannondo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 6-minute walk from the No. 24 exit of the Karasuma Station on the Kyoto Line of the Hankyu Railway.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 17:00 – 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed: Sundays and national holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Other Information
- Average budget (one person): Evening 3,000 yen - Menu: Potato salad 500 yen, Taroya potato croquette 650 yen Credit cards accepted
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Izakaya where you can enjoy the taste of Kyoto home cooking
Taroya opened over 20 years ago with the aim of providing an establishment people could drop by casually after work for a relaxing meal. Instead of offering rare dishes for special events, Taroya is a place where you can find basic home cooking and is loved by many for doing just so. This izakaya focuses on using generous amounts of local seasonal specialties like hamo (pike eel) and manganji green peppers.
Specialty Taroya-style potato croquette
One of the most popular items on the menu many people will order every time they come in is the Taroya style potato croquette (650 yen). Specialty demi-glace sauce is poured over the cute plump shapes which make for a rich treat that’s a bit more extravagant than the average croquette. The secret ingredient is said to be mayonnaise and makes for one of the signature dishes of Taroya.
Potato salad with a twist
Potato salad is a classic home cooking dish in Japan that is made of ingredients including boiled potatoes, onions, cucumbers, ham, mayonnaise, and so on. We won’t call it flashy, but the flavor of Taroya’s potato salad (500 yen) is slightly stronger than the rest as it is stir fried with onions until it turns caramel brown. This is definitely one of the most popular items on the menu.