In Kyoto, there is a very strange curry store run by a long-established pickle shop. You must be thinking, “Why would a pickle shop serve curry? Of course, so did I. According to the website of the restaurant, Ohmiya Seiuemon, the reason for this is “to prevent pickles from becoming popular,” in addition to the 10th generation owner’s love of curry. Certainly, curry at any restaurant comes with fukujinzuke pickles as a set, and curry and pickles may have an inseparable relationship.
This is what got me interested in this restaurant. Naturally, I thought, “I’d like to visit the restaurant…” and in the spring of 2023, I went to the restaurant along Marutamachi Dori. But actually, the store had already decided to relocate at that time, so I could not write about it as it was. After thinking for a while, “What should I do? I came to the conclusion, “Why don’t we go there again when the new restaurant opens? Well…
Moved from along Marutamachi Dori to along Shinkyogoku shopping street! The new European style earthenware pot Curry Ohmiya Seiuemon looks like this…
European style earthenware pot curry Ohmiya Seiuemon is a curry store produced by Sohonke Kinse a long-established pickle shop in Kyoto, which opened in April 2010. After operating along Marutamachi Dori for more than 10 years, the restaurant moved to a new location along the Shinkyogoku shopping street near Shijo-Kawaramachi in August 2023 in order to “offer curry to more people…”.
The new restaurant is on the second floor of the building, and when you walk up the stairs, you will see the glass-walled restaurant on your left. The restaurant has a total of 20 seats, including four counter seats. Like the previous restaurant, it has a bright café-like atmosphere, and I felt very comfortable during my stay.
Well, after I took our seats and finished ordering our curry, the waitress brought us pickles on a small plate…
The pickles that day were red turnips, but when I visited the previous restaurant in the spring, they were pickled burdock root. It is indeed a pickle specialty restaurant that serves pickles separately from curry like this! It’s just like a pickle shop! The taste goes without saying. Even though I came here to eat curry, I almost flirted with the idea of eating bubu-zuke (pickles) with these pickles… Of course, since this is a curry store, in addition to these pickles on the stick (free of charge, so don’t worry), fukujinzuke pickles are also available on the table. Naturally, you can take as many fukujinzuke as you like. Surprisingly, this European-style earthenware pot curry restaurant, Ohmiya Kiyoemon, may be a must for pickle lovers as well.
Homemade Curry: European Clay Pot Curry Basic curry offered by Ohmiya Seiuemon, how does it taste?
What I ordered at the new European style earthenware pot curry Ohmiya Seiuemon this time was their homemade curry (price: 980 yen including tax), which is the basic curry of the entire menu. For the same price, you can choose between small, medium, or large rice, and I ordered a large serving of rice. You can also choose either cheese or fried onions as a free topping, and this time I chose the cheese topping.
After more than 5 minutes of waiting after ordering, the homemade curry arrived in front of me…
Rice topped with cheese is in a boat-shaped bowl, and curry roux is simmering in an earthenware pot in the back. By the way, there is no spoon for eating curry in sight, where on earth is it? Actually, there is a drawer under the table, and when you pull the drawer…
This is how you will find the items you need, such as spoons, hand towels, paper napkins, etc.
Now, let’s get started and pour a generous amount of the roux over the rice…
Let’s eat… I’ll tell you what I think clearly. It is the best. This curry is one of the best I have ever had in Kyoto. In a word, it is a spicy curry for grown-ups, but the richness of the black pepper, the acidity and sweetness of the rich tomatoes, and the richness of the bouillon give it a tremendous umami flavor. I had this curry at the restaurant in Marutamachi in the spring and was shocked to my heart’s content, and this is the second time I have had it.
The rice is cooked fluffy, and there is enough space between the rice grains to allow the roux to permeate through the rice. The rice unravels in your mouth, and the flavor of the roux that has penetrated between the rice grains spreads to your entire tongue… well, you can imagine the rest. It is quite spicy, so it may be tough for those who do not like spicy food, but if you are able to eat commercial spicy curry, this curry is a must-try! If you can eat hot curry on the market, this curry is a must-try!
This time, I would like to introduce the most popular menu item of Ohmiya Kyoemon’s European-style earthenware pot Curry, homemade European-style melt-in-your-mouth Beef Belly Curry (priced 1,380 yen including tax at the time of visit), which was originally introduced as the main menu item. After the new location, the name was changed to “Curry with Beef Belly Demi-glace Stew” and it is now on sale. The price has been increased to 1,450 yen (tax included), but the main meat has been increased by 15-20%.
Now, this meat was also very good. It was so tender and tender, and the flavor of the meat fused with the flavor of the curry roux was so agonizing that I can’t even describe it. To top it off, I was quite surprised at the volume of the meat at the previous restaurant, but to have it increased by another 15-20%… If you can eat this much meat, adding 500 yen to the homemade curry is not regrettable at all… in fact, it’s quite a bargain. In fact, I feel that it is a very good deal. Without any compliments, both the curry and the meat are of high-class restaurant quality. Please give it a try!
Examples of other menu items at Ohmiya Seiuemon (prices include tax)
- Keema Curry with Kyoto Pork and Kyoto Pickles: 1,380 yen
- Curry with Fried Shrimps and Scallops 1380 yen
- Curry with Kyoto Pork Loin Cutlet – 1,420 yen
- Kyoto Miyako Mochi Pork Hamburger Curry ¥1,650
- Kyoto Meat Beef Curry ¥1,680
Note: European-style earthenware pot curry Ohmiya Seiuemon also offers curry for take-out.
A restaurant specializing in soup curry also operates nearby… To get to European-style earthenware pot Curry Ohmiya Kiyoemon, a 5-minute walk from the nearest station, Kyoto Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.
Nearby the European-style earthenware pot Curry Ohmiya Seiuemon, a sister restaurant specializing in soup curry called Earthenware Soup Curry Ohmiya Seiuemon is also open for business. Since it is affiliated with a restaurant that serves such delicious curry, the taste is already as good as guaranteed. What in the world does soup curry made by a pickle shop using Kyoto brand meat taste like? Curry lovers, be sure to check out the soup curry store along with the earthenware pot curry store!
Now, here are the details of the restaurant. Restaurant data is here…
Address: 2F Benten Building, 438-1 Sakurano-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8035, Japan
Phone number: 075-254-0038
Business hours: 11:30-15:00, 17:30-20:30
Parking: No parking lot
Credit card payment: Accepted (also accepts electronic money and traffic IC)
P.S. If you are looking for a delicious curry in Kyoto, please stop by this article…