Tuesday, December 01, 2015

okariba & beer komachi with friends

Saturday night, we met up with Kirk and the Missus.

They are back in Japan checking out new places and reconnecting with some that they enjoyed on their previous visit.

One of their reconnecting spots was Okariba.

A cozy bar with grill spaces at each table.

Since Satoshi and I had never been here, we let Kirk and the Missus do all the ordering.

The tsukidashi was a broccoli salad.

IMG_4136 The grilled wild boar with a shoyu based glaze.

IMG_4137 A hot pot with pork or maybe boar?

IMG_4140 An assortment of Shinshu pickles...the owner is from Shinshu, Nagano.

One delicacy of the area is inago tsukudani...locusts! (the dark pile near Satoshi's hand in the photo)

It was my first time trying this and if no one said it was locusts (and I did not look at them), I would've thought it was shrimp, similar to some of the shrimp tsukudani we have had.

IMG_4138 Wasabi leaves...spicy!

IMG_4139 Houba miso, the Missus' fave. Miso, green onions and mushrooms are cooked on top of a magnolia leaf. We've had this when we went to Gifu and the surrounding areas...good with rice!

IMG_4141 Basashi...raw horse meat...not gamey and when eaten with ginger and the thick shoyu it was delicious and a little creamy.

Lots of new dishes tried and it was great catching up with them.

After dinner, we caught a cab back to the Higashiyama area to have a beer at Beer Komachi.

This was also a reconnecting spot for Kirk and the Missus.

The place was packed with the bulk of the customers being foreigners.

IMG_4143 Kirk had a Kyoto Belgian Wheat, The Missus and Satoshi had a Kyoto Wheat Ale and I tried the Ushitora Coffee Stout.

The Missus decided she liked Kirk's beer better so he ended up drinking her Wheat Ale.

I loved the Coffee Stout, lots of coffee aroma and really chocolatey (wish I had had some vanilla ice cream to put into it!)

IMG_4144 We also tried the Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (a beer that is brewed in San Diego)...fruity, but really bitter!

We had a blast chatting and we also made friends with the couple at the next table too.

IMG_4162 Kirk gave us some Chuao chocolates which we will try soon.

It was great reconnecting with them and checking out some of their "hangouts" in Kyoto.

Thanks Kirk and the Missus, we hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and look forward to meeting up again!

Okariba
43-3 Higashitenno-cho, Residence Okazaki 1F
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.751.7790
Closed Mondays
Hours: 17:00-24:00

Beer Komachi
inside of the Furukawa Shopping arcade
Higashiyama, Kyoto
Phone: 075.746.6152
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 17:00-23:00
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 15:00-23:00

6 comments:

KirkK said...

We had a great time Kat! Lots of great conversation and laughs! Thanks so much for making time for us.

K and S said...

Always have time for you two, Kirk!

Take care and thanks again.
Kat

Audrey Daniels said...

Hi Kat, my friend, Lynette, who used to have the tea kiosk at ala Moana near Nieman Marcus and her husband ( who's Japanese) will be in Kyoto for 8 days in January. Lynette still wholesales hear teas to hotels and other venues in Hawaii. I thought you and Satoshi would have a fun meetup. Misplaced your email...

K and S said...

Thanks Audrey, will message you:)

Take care!
Kat

K said...

What a nice meetup with friends!

K and S said...

indeed K!

Take care.
Kat