Kyoto - Waraji-Tei - Perceptor's Photo Report
Thank you MS569 on chowhound for sharing this recommendation!!!!
What an interesting experience. It is definitely in the heart of a residential area and no tourist will be found there. Basically Waraji-Tei is a homestyle tapas restaurant. You sit at a counter thats lined with dishes.
Enjoy my photo report:
re: ramen girl
Tsuruhashi is Osaka's Koreatown. However, my local friends like the Korean food at Tenjinbashisuji-shotengai. They take a cab from work to have lunch there.
This is my friend's favorite, but she says it's not as good as it used to and she's hunting for a replacement (She loves Korean and any spicy food.) It's a part of a small chain in Osaka--reportedly imports spices and all that from Korea.
Chimmi at 3-2-33 Tenjinbashisuji 06-6353-5880
If you read Japanese or know someone who does, here's a list of Korean restaurants (with reviews) at this shotengai.
I walked by Cafe Sanja last Nov when I was there. The food they were selling at the stall looked very good.
If you stay in Kita (Umeda area), Tenjinbashisuji is closer. If you stay in Minami (Namba/Shinsaibashi), Tsuruhashi is closer. Restaurant owners at Tenjinbashisuji are newercomers (compared to those at Tsuruhashi) and some of them don't speak Japanese.
We loved this place, too. Thanks for posting the photos. We tried some of the things you ate but not all of them. Makes me want to be back in Kyoto already!
It's called "obanzai", meaning home cooked meals in Kyoto. However, there are obanzai restaurants outside of Kyoto, including Osaka and Tokyo. Some of them specialize in food from certain regions (not necessarily Kyoto).
Thanks for posting your photos! Beautiful shots and I'm getting hungry looking at them.
Photo #8, kind of looks like wagyu suji nitsuke, which is Japanese beef (meat by the sinews) and stewed with soy sauce garlic, mirin, sugar. Mighty fine lookin' too.
Photo #14 looks like hamo (summer eel) and it would make sense as this is in season in Kyoto (and a Kyoto delicacy).