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Koke-Kokko - Charcoal Grill Skewers: Excellent food, friendly service, great prices
We happened to be going thru Kyoto station and were looking for a place to eat, so we went to the information board and saw a Grill Skewers restaurant ... located on the 10th floor above the Istean department store ..... upon entering we were given an English menu with photo's on them ....
Had some mushroom, chicken, shrimp and beef skewer's .... the prices were fair about 300 yens each skewer's and I had the best draft beer on my entire trip here ... I didn't get the name but it was a local Kyoto beer but I took a photo of it .....
Also since your the 10th floor you get awesome views of Kyoto ....
Looking for a fast and cheap place then you can't go wrong here !!!!
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Restaurants in the Train Station !!!!: Eating on the go !!!!!
When speaking to other travelers one of the first questions I get is always .... how's the food and how do you order .....
So I must say .... English is the international language of tourism ... just like English is the language of business, education, aviation, etc, etc.,
The Japanese people understand that speaking and reading Japanese for a non native is difficult. So they have made it a point in putting up signs everywhere a tourist and traveler might venture to in English.
And restaurants all over Japan have photo menu's ... Kyoto being a big destination is no exception. But patience and good manners go a long way in Japan ...... So when ordering pointing and smiling also works wonder ...... We entered numerous restaurants where no one spoke English and we had no problem ordering and eating .......
So when your on the run, don't be scared or intimidated by stopping in at a restaurant in the train station, the bigger the station the more selection you get .....
And eating in the train station saves you time and money ...... a big concern while in Japan since it's an very expensive travel destination !!!!!
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Omen: Noodles at it's finest !!!
A casual atmosphere and reasonably priced food make this tiny place popular. Omen (vegetable udon) is the specialty, and the house's traditional style is to serve the wheat noodles in a flat wooden bowl, the sauce in a pottery bowl, the vegetables delicately arranged (sushi style) on a handmade platter with a bowl of sesame seeds alongside. You dip and mix yourself, unlike at other udon shops where it all arrives like a stew swimming in one bowl. Tempura, sushi, lightly fried tofu, and kamonasu dengaku (fried eggplant topped with a rich miso sauce) are among the other dishes offered.
We had Noodles with shrimp and bamboo shoots and some type of green vegetable !!!! It was great ... Very casual ... and they provide an English menu.
The portions are huge, 2 people can eat from 1 order !!!!
Baan Rim Naam: Thai Restaurant
Ban Rim Naam is a Thai restaurant in Shijo. The menu is quite lengthy, perhaps a little too big. It was difficult trying to sift through and find exactly what I wanted and then going back through again took some time. Many of the dishes contained fried foods but with the size of the menu, you should be able to find something you like. The food was quite good. I like spicy foods and the soup I ordered was quite spicy and had a lot of flavor.
Perhaps the only downside is that the portions are a bit small so if you order one dish you will likely leave hungry. Of course, you could always order multiple dishes, but then you will also pay more. Still, the taste is good.Related to:
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Himalaya: Kyoto's Best South Asian Food
Himalaya is a Nepalese restaurant serving a handful of curry dishes and other popular South Asian foods. The naan here is excellent; in particular, the cheese naan is delicious! I've been to a few different South Asian restaurants in Kyoto and so far, Himalaya has been the best. The food can take a bit long to prepare and food is sometimes brought to the table as it is prepared rather than altogether but it's worth the wait. The ambiance is very nice here, as well. You sit on cushions on the floor around a low-lying table and there are lanterns on the ceiling providing a slightly-dimmed light. There are also South Asian motifs and artwork on the walls. Some international alcohols are available, including Nepalese beer, although the Nepalese beer is often out of stock since many customers order it.Related to:
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Sen Mon Ten: Gyoza (dumpling)
Sen Mon Ten is a small, dainty place where the gyoza is prepared on the counter by a lady wearing surgical mask and gloves. We stumbled upon this place in our meanderings from the Kiyomizu to Gion, drawn by the claim that its gyoza was ranked 5th among 60 establishments in 2010.
Favorite Dish: People come for the gyoza. It is bite-sized, its wrapper a golden sheen, firm but not crispy. The filling was subtly tasty. The waiter taught us how to mix the soy sauce/vinegar dip.
1. Dip the gyoza in soy sauce/vinegar. 2. Pop it into your mouth. 3. Chew. 4. Take a chopstick-ful of steamed rice. 5. Chase down with a Kirin. 6. Repeat the process.
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Very Berry Cafe: American Restaurant
When reading the name, it sounds like a small cafe with a lot of desserts or fruit drinks however, the Very Berry Cafe is actually a restaurant specializing in American food. They have many sandwiches, burgers, and a wide variety of other foods.
The ambience is really great. The restaurant is filled with nostalgic toys and knickknacks from America, such as Star Wars Posters, various Mister Potato head costumes, super hero toys, etc. It's fun just to look at all of it!
Back to the food, the taste is good and although the price is slightly above the average restaurant price, it's not so expensive.Related to:
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Kushya (formerly Agatha's): The best gourmet kushiyaki
If you sit at the bar, you can watch the chef cook your food while you take in the sweet smell of exotic woods burning in the grill. We ordered the 'special course' (5,000 yen) that includes an insane amount of little dishes that are brought out one at a time. Each one was so unique and delicious - although watch out for the shimp in raw egg! By the time we got to desert, my sweety was in a food coma!!
Favorite Dish: ground chicken with lotus root skewered on a grape branch. HEAVENLY..Related to:
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Gion Hotel, Shiki: Reasonable restaurant in Gion?
The restaurant on the second floor of the Gion Hotel provides something unusual - reasonable prices near a famous sightseeing spot (actually several)! The restaurant, called Shiki (Four Seasons, but that's only written in kanji, Chinese characters) features four set lunches - two western style, one Japanese style, and one "nichi kawari" or special of the day. The special of the day is only 1260 yen (about US$11.50) and the others are about 1500 yen each. The food is good, not quite great, but at these prices one can hardly complain. Plus, each set lunch includes salad bar, coffee or tea, juice, and soup (though I didn't try the last - too full).
Favorite Dish: I had the nichi kawari, which that day was roast pork AND grilled fish in sauce americain, with stewed carrots and tempura asparagus and bamboo shoots, plus choice of rice or bread. My companions tried Nipon Bashi, which consists of grilled steak in yakiniku sauce with various vegetable side dishes served Japanese style, Seafood lunch (fried shrimp, fish, and vegetables with rice or bread), and the Bento or Japanese box lunch containing tempura, omelete, stewed vegetables, pickles, and rice. The nichi kawari on that day was very good, and the Bento is also quite nice, especially for those wishing to keep up the whole Gion experience.Related to:
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Kouan: Obanzai at night, udon day- another great bargain
Another small obanzai restaurant with two more locations in Kyoto aside from this one. Obanzai food is Kyoto homestyle cooking. Udon are wheat noodles. The ones at this restaurant are thinner than some, and I prefer them.
Favorite Dish: Udon for lunch as well as rice re-fills as often as you like. The best thing is that at this restaurant, every month the 5th, 15th and 25th is a ONE COIN lunchtime set! In this case the coin being the 500Yen coin. A delicious traditional lunch in an old Japanese house for less than 5dollars US!
Doutor coffeeshop: A great breakfast
At Doutor you can buy great sandwiches. A coffee and a sandwich makes a great and affordable breakfast!
A Doutor shop can be found in shopping mall Porta under the busstops in front of Kyoto station. Enter Porta in front of New Hankyu hotel and Doutor is one of the first things you will see.
SHINPUHKAN - Ask a Giraffe and Tawawa: central Kyoto convenience - and cool!
Shinpuhkan (literaly translated - "new-style hall") is a cool new shopping spot in the center of Kyoto. A huge red brick building formerly housing the telephone company, was renovated into a stylish open shopping complex.
It focuses on clothing and trendy lifestyle stores. Of note is the cafe on the 1st floor: GEORGE's with Ask a Giraffe. George's is a pricey store selling all the trendiest household products like metal picture frames from Alessi and your own moss growing kits complete with tiny pebbles and sand... Ask a Giraffe is the cafe that is included to the side of, but essentially a part of GEORGE's. It's open til 11pm everyday.
Favorite Dish: Another GREAt place is Tawawa on the second floor, walk up the big outdoor stairs. They have a fantastic Kyoto lunchtime set menu deal with an all-you-can-eat salad bar. It's a big place and very popular. The salad is so good as it is constantly being replenished, made fresh and lots of the ingredients are organic. You may have to sign up at lunchtime and expect a bit of a wait on weekends. Once seated you will get to choose a main usually pasta or a vegetable curry, a soup and then help youself to the delicious salad bar. You also get a nice lil' dessert and tea or coffee all for a GRAND TOTAL of 1000Yen. They also have luscious fruit-based cakes (rather pricey) which you can get a 100Yen discount off, if you order the lunchtime set.Related to:
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Shakey's: CHEAP CHEAP!!!
When you are reeeeaaally hungry and verrry poor! The food is nothing special... but it's ALL YOU CAN EAT and the cheapest you will ever find in Japan! Much cheaper than convenience store bits and pieces. Lunchtime (11am-4pm) is only 600Yen for adults, and half that for children younger than five. Dinner (5pm-9pm) is 850Yen for adults (again less for children). Small non-smoking section available. Pay as you walk in, then help yourself!
Favorite Dish: Fried potato, pizza when it has just been freshly made (listen to the cooks shout it out!), the salad bar where you add your own dressing. Avoid the bizzare custard and strawberry pizza :P
delefrance: best simon fume sandwich i ever ate
very nice place to have bakery at, they have breakfast set too..........
the atmosphere is very interesting there
Favorite Dish: i recommend their salmon sandwich which is a combination of perfect bread and salmon and cream cheese...and otheres.Related to:
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Matsuno: If you like unagi!
I love unagi (eel), so naturally, when I heard about Matsuno that is famous for its charcoal grilled unagi dishes, I have to try it.
The restaurant did not disappoint. I had a small lunch bento and some pretty potent sake and I left the restaurant very satisfied (and a little drunk). The lunch was a bit on the pricey side and the portions are a bit small, but fresh unagi is not cheap. My meal set me back about 3,800 yen back in 2007, but it was 3,800 yen well spent. I think they have omakase options as well if you're willing to spend a bit more.
One more thing, it is closed on Thursday (back in 2007 at least). I actually have to go back the next day (luckily I was planning to day trip to Kyoto anyway). I attached a couple of English reviews in this post that provides more information because their official website appears to be in Japanese only.
Favorite Dish: Unagi.
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