- January 05 2016
Fresh fish and organic vegetables! The salt-grilled alfonsino set meal at ‘UROCO’ in Kyoto
This is KOKORO MOYOU, a writer regularly delivering Kyoto information.
Today, I’d like to introduce the local restaurant where you get to eat a delicious grilled fish set meal.
Many people know that Japanese people like to eat fish dishes, but it doesn’t mean that we eat sushi or sashimi all the time. There are so many ways to enjoy the fish in Japan, such as grilling and stewing.
Today’s restaurant is called ‘Tomino-koji UROCO’, which serves various dishes using fresh fish. I visited there and took some photos on February 6th, 2015.
Introducing ‘UROCO’ in Tomino-koji
This is what it looks like from the street.
There was a lunch sign outside.
The chef’s No.1 recommendation seems to be the mackerel meal set, which was stewed mackerel in sweet miso, for ¥850.
Other options are salt-grilled alfonsino set at ¥1680 and salt-grilled rosy sea bass set at ¥1850. The prices seem to vary depending on the value of each fish.
This is the inside of the restaurant. Many sake bottles are lined up on the shelves.
The displays on the wall are Kimono and Maekake aprons that were worn by Toji, sake chief brewers.
As well as the one outside, there are so many fish dishes on the menu as shown in the picture.
This is the menu of Kamameshi sets.
Kamameshi is a rice dish that needs to be cooked in an individual iron pot with rice, meat, vegetables and seasonings. You can try various kinds there, such as the one with Kyoto tsukemono pickles or with Chirimen sansho, dried whitebaits or tiny fish in sansho pepper.
I ordered the salt-grilled alfonsino set meal!
I tried the salt-grilled alfonsino set meal (¥1650 including tax).
Even with a fish set meal, white rice comes in an iron pot.
This is the salt-grilled alfonsino. The fish flesh comes off easily.
It’s lightly salted, but you can taste the fish flavor very well. Grated daikon radish deliciously matched with the fish.
In Japan, ‘snapper’ is considered as a symbol of good luck and often served on a festive occasion. The Japanese word for joy or happiness is ‘omedetai’ and Japanese snapper is called ‘tai’. As you can see, these two words rhyme and that makes Japanese snapper a festive fish.
How was it? It might not be able to imagine what this is like for non-Japanese, but I think this sort of meals stand out as ‘typical and authentic Japanese meals’. I hope you get to experience the lunch at a fish restaurant like UROCO where the locals love.