Kichi Kichi Omurice (洋食屋 キチキチ)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

You know that famous video where a Japanese chef cuts a open a fluffy egg over an oval-shaped mound of fried rice to reveal the half-cooked and creamy insides of a upside down omelette? I present to you Kichi Kichi Omurice (洋食屋 キチキチ).

When Sharon first told me about that the restaurant was in Kyoto, I made sure to put it on our itinerary. ★Tip: The restaurant only fits 8 customers at any one time, so do make a reservation if you want to secure a seat. While walk-ins are welcome, they're often fully booked so you might just miss out—especially if you're visiting Kyoto for a few days only.

We made a reservation for 6:15pm, and although we made the booking many weeks in advance, we weren't asked to take the seats at the bar counter in front of the kitchen. Instead, we were directed to the only booth seating in the restaurant (which could fit about 4 people). Sharon and I were a little disappointed at first (the lighting was better at the bar counter—ha!), I decided to think more positively: almost everyone sits at the bar counter, but you don't see many people sitting at the booths (at least I haven't seen so online). Plus, the seats were so much more comfortable!

Between the two of us, we ordered a large salad (¥1,500), chicken and cheese cutlet with mustard sauce (¥1,500) and the famous fluffy open omelette over fried rice (¥2,700). If you're not very hungry or you're like us who would like try a variety of dishes, I suggest sharing the full size omurice rather than getting the half size one. We paid a whopping AUD$67 for the whole meal, but the omurice was definitely of the best omurice I've ever had (and the most expensive omurice, as a matter of fact).

At first, I thought chef Yukimura Motokichi was going to cut open the omurice at the bar counter and then have it brought to our table, but he actually did in front of us. It was really nice meeting him in person too. (Luckily, Sharon could converse with him in Japanese, because he doesn't speak very much English.)

The half-cooked omelette is topped with a rich red wine demi-glace sauce and sprinkled with green laver or aonori (アオノリ). Personally, I would've preferred the demi-glace sauce to have a stronger Worcestershire sauce taste, but it was still a rich and flavourful sauce that went really well with the rest of the ingredients such as the egg and fried rice. Though, I can see that the fried rice underneath the egg may be too bland for some people. But for me, I think it had just the right amount of seasoning and was not dry at all.

Kichi Kichi Omurice (洋食屋 キチキチ)
185-4 Zaimokucho, Sanjo Pontocho-dori Kudaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8017
604-8017 京都市 中京区 材木町185-4

1 comment

  1. I just click on the link for the reservations but it seems the page is somewhat no longer there (?)


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