Updated: May 13, 2020
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Calling All Chicken and Sake Lovers! - Kyoto's Torisei is a Must-Visit

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Inside an old, remodeled sake brewery from the Taisho era, Torisei is a must-visit chicken restaurant in Kyoto. If you love high-quality chicken or high-quality sake, you can't leave Kyoto without stopping here.

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The Space

Torisei is an old school restaurant inside of an old sake brewery from the Taisho era (1912 - 1926). The dining room is spacious, with awesome light fixtures hanging from a high ceiling. The brewery atmosphere makes the sake and food seem to somehow taste even better.

The Food

Torisei specializes in chicken, and the restaurant prides itself on the quality of ingredients that it uses. The chickens used here come from Miyazaki province, in southern Kyushu. The standout item on the menu here is the yakitori (chicken skewers), and you should not leave without have a few different kinds. Skewers start at just ¥140, which is a reasonable price. Also worth trying is the delectable tori nanban (fried chicken with tartar sauce), or the oyakodon (parent and child (egg and chicken) rice bowl).
Another interesting item that you're unlikely to find outside of Asia is the rare duck sirloin shown above. If you've never experienced raw chicken or duck meat, this is your chance!

Nihonshu (sake)

Following with the brewery theme, Torisei serves outstanding Genshu(原酒), which is undiluted sake. Did you know that typical nihonshu (sake) is diluted with water to lower the alcohol content to around 15%? Genshu, such as that served at Torisei has an alcohol content closer to 20%, and as such has a stronger flavor that some people prefer. If you enjoy alcohol, you can't pass up the chance to enjoy a glass of sake in this incredible setting!

Visiting

Located a 7 minute walk from Fushimi Momoyama Station, or about 9 minutes from Momoyama Goryomae Station, Torisei Honten is well known and extremely popular. Note that there are other branches of this restaurant across Kyoto, but the one mentioned in this article is the original and has the coolest space.

If you have time to plan in advance, it might be a good idea to make a reservation. Otherwise, you can show up and expect to wait up to a couple hours for a table. In any case, this unique Kyoto restaurant is well worth the visit!
DeLong
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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