Unagi Hirokawa

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    Unagi Hirokawa

    Kyoto local’s favorite eel restaurant

    The first generation restaurant of Hirokawa was founded in the late Edo period (1600-1868) in the area where Kumagaya City of Saitama Prefecture is situated today.   Their Kyoto branch opened in the Arashiyama area and became an immediate boom and soon became famous for serving “the best eel dish in Kyoto.”  Fresh and live eels are brought to the restaurant daily and kept in the pure ground water of the Sagano area for a while which gets rid of their muddy odor and makes the meat taste better.  Their experienced chef then skillfully and quickly prepares the fish for grilling over Japan’s best charcoal from Wakayama.  The sauce decides the taste of eel dishes and Hirokawa’s sauce has been taken over since the first generation by making and adding more as it becomes little without changing the recipe.  “Quality eel, pure water, intense charcoal fire and the excellent skill of the chef.  All are essential to create the best of the best eel dish,” says the owner and chef, Junji Makino.  Hirowkawa renovated the building in authentic Sukiya style allowing diners to enjoy their dishes overlooking the fine view of the dignified Tenryu-ji Temple and the surrounding nature of the Arashiyama area.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho, July issue,2011


    Name Unagi Hirokawa
    Address 44-1 Saga Tenryuji Kitatsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-871-5226
    Hours 11:30-14:30 (L.O.), 17:00-20:00 (L.O.)
    Closed Mon.
    URL http://unagi-hirokawa.jp/
    Recommended Unaju set: 4,800 yen, etc.