Tucked away in a laneway at Kyoto, Kichi Kichi Omurice fittingly enough is well known for its take on its namesake dish, Omurice. Omurice is an example of a Western-influenced Japanese dish in which an omelette is served with a filling of fried rice. Due to the restaurant's extreme popularity and limited seating of eight, it is highly advisable to make a reservation. Booking can be made on their website four weeks in advance.
Watching the chef prepare the Omurice was easily the best moments of dining at Kichi Kichi. As opposed to the usual method of wrapping a thin omelette around the rice, the omelette was cooked like a rolled omelette with a still runny centre. It was then placed on top of the fried rice before being slit to allow the egg to "drape" over the rice. The chef obviously enjoyed the attention of the diners. The other way that he prepared the Omurice was to toss the omelette straight from the frying pan to the plate of fried rice.
Omurice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The omelette had a wonderful soft texture and the fried rice mixture had a delectable savoury flavour from the Shimeji mushrooms and beef stock. There were also edamame beans (green soybeans) to add a bit of extra texture to the fluffy rice. Completing the dish was a topping of beef sauce to add a yummy rich taste to the dish.
Omurice is not the only the dish you can enjoy, there are also other delicious dishes on the menu. The filling for the White Sauce Croquette during our visit was a combination of chicken and beef. This soft filling was set off nicely by the crisp crumb coating. The white sauce partnered nicely with the croquettes. There were also some pieces of pasta for extra texture and steamed vegetables for some freshness.
White Sauce Croquette (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We were delighted that the beef in their Beef Stew could easily be cut with a spoon. The beef had a similar rich flavour as the sauce used in their Omurice. Some white sauce helped to cut through the richness and the steamed vegetables topping the beef completed the dish.
Beef Stew (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Those who have booked in advance get bar-style seating which put you in a prime spot for watching your meal being prepared. It is possible to dine here without a reservation but you need to be prepared to queue up for a while and accept that you will likely be sharing a table with strangers.