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El Fogon/
Kyoto City Hall:
Spanish
₯075-221-5517
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El Fogon is a little
slice of Spain in
downtown Kyoto.
Serrano ham, Moorish
tiles, and a terra-
cotta floor: it
could be somewhere
in Andalucia.

The first level is a
tapas bar and the
range is convincing-
ly Iberian. Ice-cold
cava, a sparkling
wine, goes particu-
larly well with the
tuna, olive and
anchovy pate, and
the mussels with
tomato and onion
salsa. The tortilla
here is a little
potato-heavy but
it's saved by aioli
and a dusting of
paprika. The garlic
prawns are a must
but the crusty white
bread is occasional-
ly spongy, a shame
when there is so
much good quality
olive oil to soak
up.

Perennial favourites
like gazpacho and
garlic mushrooms are
available from the a
la carte menu up-
stairs as well as
rustic dishes like
conejo confitado con
fabada, rabbit in
bean and proscuitto
stew. The house
wine, both the red
and the white, is a
very drinkable
Marques de Caceres
from Rioja, and is
reasonably priced at
4,200 yen a bottle.
The Heineken comes
straight from an
authentic ceramic
pump and the sherry
is served a la Jap-
on: in a shot glass
overflowing into a
saucer.

El Fogon captures
the essence of tapas
minus the prawn
shells on the floor.
There is a 600 table
charge per person
upstairs, which
includes a small
selection of tapas
and bread. Tapas
ranges from 300 yen
to 900 yen, and
expect to pay around
4,000 yen per person
for dinner upstairs,
excluding drinks.
Drinks start at 525
yen. There are menus
in Japanese, English
and Spanish, and the
friendly staff are
conversant in at
least Japanese and
English.
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Gokomachi Oike-
agaru, Kameyacho
380. [on Gokomachi-
dori in the first
block north of Oike-
dori, on the west
side]
 Open 3pm-3am
(rest 5:30-11pm LO).
Closed Wednesdays.
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