(Kyoto-67/Takohachi)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour

新京極通蛸薬師通の交差点の喧騒の中、静かに佇む名店「割烹 蛸八」へ。コロナ緊急事態宣言による休業もあり、気がつくと今年初めての訪問。緊急事態宣言の中、再訪を心待ちにしていた。

Went to "Kappo Takoyachi", a famous restaurant standing in the middle of the bustling intersection of Shinkyogoku and Takoyakushi Doris.  As the restaurant was closed due to the declaration of the state of emergency in Covid, the visiting here was the first time this year.  In the midst of the emergency declaration, always looking forward to coming again.



Had egg tofu as an appetizer and cold sake from Sawaya Matsumoto, called as "Machan".



"Tataki", fragrantly seared bonito slices were the must-order every time.  Plenty of kujo green onions, ginger, and a delicious ponzu sauce made a perfect combination.  Told that they were out of garlic this time due to a long absence from business and stocking, but it was delicious as usual.  Came to think of it, garlic was not normally used in kappo cuisine.


Deep-fried small potatoes.  Small potatoes boiled in soup stock were lightly fried to a crisp.  Yuzu (Japanese citron) added a nice touch.  Didn't even have time to think about cutting back on carbohydrates.


Grilled Kashiwa (chicken).  The chicken was roasted over a fire and covered with sansho (Japanese pepper) and served with a sauce with mastard.  It went surprisingly well with the sauce.  Cabbage and tomatoes were also served with the sauce.


Takohachi's specialty, the grilled guji (sea bream).  As always, the degree of grilling and saltiness was superb.  The fish meat was plump and more voluminous than it looks.



The skin of goji fish was grilled to a crisp before being served, giving it a dry and crunchy texture.  These little touches were unique to Takohachi.  In any case, all the flavors were perfectly in place.  Bringing out the best of the ingredients in a serious way, without trying to do anything strange. It sounded simple, but was difficult.
Tonight was the first day Takohachi reopened in two months.  Made another reservation for the next time in a few days to try the earthenware steamer, only available at this time of year.  Looking forward to it.  This night made realize that Kyoto cuisine was all about Takohachi.  Thank you for the meal.



After dinner, took a walk along Shinkyogoku Dori.  There were eight temples in all.  "Takoyakushido Eifukuji Temple" was located at the intersection of Takoyakushi Dori.  The temple of the Seizan Fukakusa sect of the Jodo Buddhism.  The gate closes at 16:00 for Covid.


"Seishin-in Tohoku-ji Temple".  The temple of the Sennyu-ji sect of Shingon Buddhism. The first head priest of the temple was Izumi Shikibu, a female poet of the Heian period who was reputed to be the original love interest.  She was also known for the episode that she successfully regained the heart of her estranged husband by making a wish at Kifune Shrine.



"Anyouji Temple" on Takoyakushi Dori.  The Seizan Zenrinji sect of the Jodo Buddhism.  Also called Saka (reversed) Renge-ji Temple.



"Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine" was located at the intersection of Nishiki Street.  It enshrined Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning.


"Somedono-in Temple" was located at the intersection of Shijo Dori.  It is said founded by Kobo-Daishi Kukai.  The temple of the Jishu Buddhism, whose founder was Ippen Shonin.


When exited Shinkyogoku Dori onto busy Shijo Dori, came to "Yasaka Shrine Otabisho".  It is a satellite shrine that welcomes the spirits from Yasaka Shrine to the town during Gion Festival.  This year, the festival's Yamaboko procession was cancelled, but instead, representatives of each preservation society walked here to worship the Otabisho.


"Kanjadensha Shrine", sat right next to the shrine, was a secondary shrine outside Yasaka Shrine.  The year after of shrine's construction was old and unknown, but the deity enshrined here was Susanoo-no-Mikoto.  It is said the ancestor deity of vow-paying, based on the legend of the vow with Amaterasu.  There was also a legend that the year-end bargain sales had the root here.  The history of Kyoto is the history of Japan.




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