Teramachi Dori runs north-south through Kyoto City. From Shijo to Oike Dori, there is an arcade shopping street where many tourists enjoy eating and shopping.
The atmosphere changes drastically once you cross Oike Dori and proceed further north. Although restaurants and cafes are scattered along the street, there are fewer tourists at a stretch, and the area becomes relatively quiet and serene. The restaurant introduced here is a hamburger steak shop from Kamakura along Teramachi Dori. In addition to its authentic hamburgers made by buying a whole cow of Japanese black cattle, the restaurant is also a popular café serving handmade cakes….
Teramachi Hamburger Gokuraku Tombo｜Home-made cakes in addition to Western-style dishes using 100% Japanese black beef are also popular
Gokuraku Tombo is located on the right side of Teramachi Dori when you walk north on Teramachi Dori. Although only pictures of hamburgers are displayed, the chic wood-grained walls and stained glass decorations give the impression of a café rather than a restaurant.
Upon entering the restaurant, you will first see a cash register on the right and a showcase with a variety of cakes. Behind this is a long, narrow space lined with tables and a kitchen in the back. The interior is simple but clean, with white wallpaper, wood-grained tables, yellow chairs, and warm lighting. The service is excellent, and there is an atmosphere where you can enjoy your meal in a relaxed atmosphere.
Teramachi Hamburger Gokuraku Tomb’s food menu is a high-end Western-style menu that makes full use of Japanese black beef.
The menu is centered on hamburgers, and the basic size is 200 grams of 100% Japanese black beef hamburger steak. The menu is varied by topping it with cheese or two hamburgers, and several Western-style dishes such as curry, omelette rice, and beef stew are also available. The prices are generally a bit high for an everyday restaurant, but for a leisurely meal with friends and acquaintances that you meet occasionally, this is an upscale and reasonably priced restaurant.
Examples of Teramachi Hamburger Steak Gokuraku Tombo’s menu
- Cheese hamburger steak: 1,580 yen
- Gutsy hamburger steak curry: 1880 yen
- Double hamburger steak 2180 yen
- Double Cheese Hamburger Steak 2380 yen
- Wagyu Beef Stew 2280yen
- Japanese Black Sirloin Steak 3,500 yen
- Kuroge Wagyu Fillet Steak 4000 yen
Additional set menus including rice and drinks are available.
The “Teramachi Hamburger Steak” is made from 100% high quality Japanese black beef and grilled to a fluffy texture.
I ordered the Teramachi Hamburger Steak from the regular menu. It comes with rice and is priced at 1,580 yen (tax not included).
First of all, the mellow aroma of the demi-glace sauce wafting from the plate whets the appetite. When you put a knife into the hamburger made of 100% Japanese black beef, it goes right down to the bottom without any resistance…you can feel the tenderness of the fluffy hamburger from the way it feels.
Looking at the cross section, the meat is browned with a slight reddish color remaining. The meat is exquisitely grilled, maintaining its tenderness while cooking through to the inside. No juices come out from the cross section, but by no means is the meat dry due to lack of juices, and it looks like a healthy piece of lean meat has been turned into a hamburger steak.
When you pour a generous amount of homemade demi-glace sauce over this piece of meat…it adds moistness to the fluffy meat, and an elegant flavor spreads in your mouth. The demi-glace sauce also has a gentle flavor that children will like, so the meat will fit easily into their stomachs without feeling tired.
And the fried egg…the yolk is meltingly semi-cooked, while the white is perfectly cooked, leaving the yolk soft and smooth. It is an orthodox garnish, but it is no exaggeration to say that the quality of this dish determines one’s appetite.
You can enjoy changing the taste by putting a knife in the center and blending the yolk with the sauce, or you can dip the white meat in a generous amount of demi-glace sauce and eat it with rice…fully enjoy the black beef hamburger steak in a relaxed atmosphere.
Perfect when you want to enjoy a rich meal with friends and acquaintances… To get to Teramachi Hamburger Gokuraku Tombo, it is a 4-minute walk from the nearest station, Kyoto Shiyakusho Mae Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Line.
Now, here are the details of the restaurant.
Address: 55 Tokiwagi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-212-7727
Business hours: 11:00-21:00
Parking: No parking lot
Credit card payment: accepted (the website says it is not accepted, but I was able to pay by credit card)
P.S. If you are looking for a good hamburger in Kyoto, please stop by this article…