The high quality food offered at the 「Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar」. It was as good as a Ryotei(Japanese style high end restaurant)!

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Written by  takoyakikun

Sakura Bar is an Izakaya well known by foodies. It’s just a 5 minute walk from Keihan Kiyomizu-gojo station . Though it’s an Izakaya(Japanese pub) they have a very good reputation. Many say their dishes are on par with what you would get at a Ryotei (expensive Japanese style restaurant). And it`s not just the locals who come to eat here, chefs also frequent this Izakaya. With this in mind, a trip to Sakura bar seems really promising.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

Menu of Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

I couldn’t believe they have such a wide variety of dishes on their menu! They hand-write their menu everyday. Inside the Izakaya, Enka (traditional Japanese folk music) is played.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

They have dishes that pair very well with Japanese Sake. They also have a seasonal menu that changes everyday. Rice bowls, noodle dishes and so on. Even if you don`t drink, you can still enjoy yourself here.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

First I ordered a draft beer. Cheers!

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Draft beer(medium size ¥550)]
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Saba(mackerel) kizushi \900]

Saba(mackerel) kizushi \900.
I ordered Saba kizushi because I wanted to enjoy the shop’s speciality. Kizushi is the way of preparing salted bluefish with tasty vinegar.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

I ate it with the ginger. Saba kizushi tastes refreshingly sour but also sweet since fatty Saba fish is used. What a luxury! It’s only my first dish yet I’m already impressed with the quality of the food here.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Potato salad ¥400]

Potato salad ¥400
It was really mild. The mayonnaise was not overly used. I could taste the potato.
I ate it all in no time!

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Kinshi masamune tokubetsu jyunmai Syu 180ml ¥490]

Kinshi masamune tokubetsu jyunmai Syu(sake made without added alcohol or sugar) 180ml ¥490
Wow! It paired with the dish really well. Very refreshing.

Red snapper Arani( the word used for cooking bony parts of fish) ¥980
I could taste the richness of the fish and it was so juicy. I have never eaten Arani as good as this before. The salty and sweet flavour was the best match for the Japanese Sake .
I promise you, just take one bite, it will knock you out.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

They used burdock to garnish the fish. It was nicely done in taste and texture, I found it almost addictive.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Age koimo ankake ¥780]

Age koimo ankake (Fried young taro with gravy) ¥780
I ordered this dish in order to taste the dashi(broth). They deep fried young taro until it was perfectly crispy then poured thick broth all over it.

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

By deep frying, the texture and aroma of the taro was brought out to the full. They use Katsuo(bonito fish) and kelp to make the gravy. Honestly, it’s amazing!

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar
[Anago sansho yaki \780]

Anago sansho yaki( grilled conger eel with Japanese pepper flavour) ¥780

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

My goodness! They grilled the Anago(conger eel) to perfection! The fluffy texture with the beautiful sauce! I could`t believe I was eating at an Izakaya and not at a top grade restaurant(Ryoutei).

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

I wanted to try out some more dishes on the menu, but I was too full. I ended my meal with a cup of tea.

I was so impressed with the level of food they offer. Though they prepared the food with as much care as a Ryoutei would, the prices were at an Izakaya level. What a great find!

Basic information on Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

Ajino Izakaya Sakura bar

Address
376,Yamazakicho, Noboru, Gojyo, Yamatoojidoori, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Access
5minute walk from 「Kiyomizu-gojo 」station on Keihan line
Tel
075-531-1664
Business Hours
17:30-1:00 a.m.(L.O.00:30)
Closed
Sundays