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    Savory unagi eel dishes for someone special

    Heading south from the bustling Sanjo Keihan station area along Nawate Street you will soon discover an extremely nostalgic store in-between traditional houses.  There used to be a lot of fish shops on the street and Kanesho is one of the rare survivors still providing eel dishes after over 150 years.  Their most popular menu item is an eel condiment for rice created by the second-generation owner.  Finest quality eel is carefully grilled and simmered in sweetened soy sauce for many hours after which the chopped eel meat becomes the perfect condiment for plain rice.  Adding a pinch of wasabi horseradish or sansho Japanese pepper enhances the taste even further.  What is more, pouring hot tea over the rice deepens the aroma and savor of the eel and spices.  Many diners prefer to keep this rice dish for the last dish of the course.  The eel condiment keeps for a week at room temperature so people often get a pack or more as a souvenir for a special someone.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in Hiru, Gion wa Tanoshi magazine, Fujin-gaho, August issue, 2014.  *Information is subject to change.


    Name Kanesho
    Address Nawate-dori Sanjo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-541-1171
    Hours 9:00-18:00
    Closed Sun.
    Recommended Eel condiment: 100g for 2,700 yen (shipping fee exclu.); 3,000 yen for the one in a special wooden box (shipping fee excl.)