The Muromachi area of Kyoto – a place lined with time-honored draper’s shops.
Located in this area is a Kyomachiya, more than 80 years old, that serves beautiful rolled sushi resembling woven fabrics.
The specialty menu of this restaurant is the “Teori-zushi”. In addition to a plate full of colourful ingredients and spices that resemble an artists’ pallet containing paint of various colours, this set menu includes sushi rice, dried seaweed, and Suimono (clear soup).
The ingredients on the plate can vary in number and kind according to the season. These ingredients include Otsukuri (sliced raw fish), vegetables, or Obanzai (Kyoto-style boiled vegetables and marinated food). The vegetables are organic Kyoto-grown vegetables, selected and delivered by contracted farmers.
There are no rules when it comes to “Teori-zushi”. Once you lay the dry seaweed on bamboo mats called “Makisu” and place some sushi rice on top, the rest is up to you. Freely combine different ingredients and spices, place the combination on the rice, then roll. Feel free to go a bit wild and try some unlikely combinations. Brush on some tamari-jyo-yu (rich soy sauce) on your creation and pop it into your mouth while opening it widely. Interestingly, any combination works!
You can order additional dry seaweed if you run out. However, if you have some ingredients left over, you can also make a Chirashi-zushi (scattered sushi)-style dish, by putting the sushi rice in a bowl and topping it with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy freely combining the ingredients in this way.
A small space in the restaurant where Kyoto-related goods are sold
This restaurant also has a space where miscellaneous goods are sold.
In addition to the chopsticks and bowls used in the restaurant, many articles such as bags and aprons, as well as herb tea and jam made by Kyoto-based workers, are sold.
“The commonality that binds these articles together, is the land of Kyoto . We value the ‘Wabi’ culture, or the culture of appreciating the beauty of simplicity, and plan on collecting and selling articles that people can appreciate though they are old”, says representative Mr. Hiroshi Ujita.
Why not visit this restaurant to witness the beautiful “Teori-zushi”, as well as the articles through which one can feel present-day Kyoto.
Holiday：lunch on Wed.