04/17/2010

Cheap Eats in Gion???

Yes.....

It's TRUE!

This most rare of K-Creatures does exist and is named-

Chikyu-ya!

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Located a stones throw West of the Kamo River (go to the Hankyu Department store, hang a left) and 3 corners South (one more left) of Shijo (perhaps not exactly Gion but close) this low-cost, low-rent, low-down, feel-good joint should be easy to locate no matter who you're riding with, what you're riding on or what condition you may happen to be in when you get there.
Last Saturday was Gentlemen's Evening Out around here so me and an outlaw Amigo saddled up as Butch and Sundance then hit this saloon with a hunger to match our powerful thirst.
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Now I've seen cops handcuffing criminals who were friendlier than the greeting we received upon entrance and our waitress was almost as bubbly as the guy who wands you down at the airport but before you scratch this one off your list and head for the exit please check the menu because the prices come in 3 very basic, easy-to-understand categories-



1. Cheap
2. Cheaper
and
3. CHEAPEST!

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Food?
Suprisingly decent if infinitely forgettable. And with a very commendable selection of chow.
No, you won't be writing home about this one but just keep aggressively pounding them drinks and the dishes will keep getting better and better.
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If you happen to be over the age of, say...25, you may feel somewhat out of place as this is primarily a student/backpacker hangout but I can assure you that the other tables will not care and will likely steer most clear.

Business dinners, Families meals, Ladies Night Out?
Uummmmmmmm.....No.
Definitely NOT a date place (unless, perhaps, you don't enjoy getting laid) I'm not even sure if grown women are allowed in here (although sexy young girls are sprinkled in liberally) so what, you may be asking is your incentive?

The Check!

On Sat Sundance and I greedily slammed around 6 beverages each (beer, sho-chu), scarfed an equal number of dishes, closed the place for the night (yes, perhaps frightened away the other diners is more accurate) and our tab for the evening?

\5090 BABY!

And in the Gion area, not to mention this economic climate......If you can beat that, I'll eat that.

On our lonesome ride off into the night we ran into a couple of friendly fellow patrons- "We're Japanese PUNKS!"- and exchanged restaurant opinions along with our most solemn philosophical beliefs.
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Turns out we agreed on Everything!





posted by Billy at 12:55 | Kyoto (Japan)
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