Kyoto Restaurant Guide


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Welcome to the Kyoto Food Page, a guide to help you explore the city's many fine restaurants and food markets. We'll also look at some of the specialties of Kyoto cuisine - tofu, kaiseki and vegetarian shojin-ryori - and show you where to sample them.

The guide is also available on mobile phones in Japan, and it features a GPS-based mobile restaurant locator to find the nearest restaurants to wherever you're standing.

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From endless tofu variations and gorgeous vegetables to elegant kaiseki service and shojin-ryori (vegetarian temple cuisine), Kyoto has a unique culinary tradition.
Where to try out Kyoto's famous specialty cuisines - tofu, kaiseki and vegetarian shojin-ryori.
From takoyaki and okonomiyaki to Kobe beef, here's where you can find some more local Kansai dishes.
Where to find local dishes like cha-gayu - rice flavored with green tea and seasonal vegetables - and Nara-style pickles.
Just two hours and ten minutes north of Kyoto station, Kanazawa has its own unique cuisine and plenty of interesting sights to see.

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An introduction to central Kyoto's sprawling food market and the people who shop there
From rice crackers and spices to soy-milk doughnuts - where to go for delicacies in Kyoto's market
Pastries and sake, miso paste and fishcakes, from one of Kyoto's most luxurious department store food floors
Pickles, yuba (tofu skin) and other Kyoto food specialties at this food-floor basement inside Kyoto station

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Great grilled chicken, smoked dishes and craft beer are the specialties at this late-night, fourth-floor-walkup in the shadow of Daimaru department store.

The menu offers two dozen or so Japanese microbrews by the bottle, and around the same number of Belgian beers; there are also shochu and sake options if you're so inclined. [Restaurant data and map]

Yaoya no Nikai: Kyoto Karasuma
Kyoto is well known for its beautiful vegetables, and Kanematsu is known as the gourmet greengrocer in Kyoto's central Nishiki Market, supplying many of the finest restaurants in the nearby Gion district.

In 2000 Kanematsu decided to open a little restaurant of their own, occupying a few small rooms above the shop. Called simply "Yaoya no Nikai" (the "Second Floor of the Vegetable Shop"), they serve a lovely vegetable-centered lunch every day from 11am until they run out of food.
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Girogiro Hitoshina
We're not sure whether to call it casual modern kaiseki or creative Kyoto cuisine, but the food here is exquisite in both flavor and presentation.

The nine-course menu follows a traditional kaiseki sequence of preparation styles, and as each dish arrives the waiter provides detailed explanations of the many seasonal ingredients incorporated therein, right down to the origins of the miso paste and seasonings.

The prix-fixe menu (the only choice at dinnertime) is an incredible bargain at just Y4000. [Restaurant data and map]

Kyoto Ramen Alley
If you don't have time to travel the length and breadth of Japan, here at least is your chance to try some of the best ramen from around the country.

Seven well-chosen shops serve ramen in various regional styles, from Sapporo to Kumamoto. There are also little stands selling roast chestnuts, soft ice cream and takoyaki. [Restaurant data and map]

Owariya Honke
This legendary soba shop first opened for business in 1465.

A nice introduction to the menu is the Hourai soba with eight toppings, including shrimp tempura, mushrooms, leeks and sliced egg; it's served with Kyoto-style hors d'oeuvres as a set meal for Y2940. Regular noodle dishes start at Y735. [Restaurant data and map]

Yufuna: Kyoto Karasuma
From the entrance, this unpretentious little basement shop looks like an ordinary after-work hangout, with a solid wooden counter lined with sake and shochu bottles and a blackboard announcing the daily specials. Yufuna is surprisingly spacious inside though, with several other dining spaces beyond the front counter - all cozy and attractively decorated. Wherever you happen to sit, you'll get great Kyoto home-style cooking - small, tasty dishes made from the finest seasonal ingredients - plus a small but impressive selection of local sake to wash it down. [Show more]

Inaseya: Kyoto
Chicken sukiyaki is the specialty of the house here, and they use only the very best free-range birds - slightly chewy and very flavorful - in all their dishes. Sit in the zashiki room overlooking the beautiful traditional garden and choose from one of the three sukiyaki-centered full-course menus, priced at Y4200, Y5250 and Y7350.

If you're more daring (and speak Japanese), you can chat with the staff at the counter and ask for recommendations from their excellent sake list, and explore the wide range of delicacies - including raw chicken livers! (They were better than we expected.) No English spoken. [Restaurant data]


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