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    Baan Rim Naam: Thai Restaurant

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 5, 2012

    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.

    Baan Rim Naam Thai Restaurant
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    Very Berry Cafe: American Restaurant

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 22, 2011

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    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.

    Very Berry Cafe Inside Very Berry Cafe Very Berry Cafe Nostalgia
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    Gion Hotel, Shiki: Reasonable restaurant in Gion?

    by CO-Chad Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Kouan: Obanzai at night, udon day- another great bargain

    by j-san Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

    lunchtime pic with my Vodafone!

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    Doutor coffeeshop: A great breakfast

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Doutor coffeeshop

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    SHINPUHKAN - Ask a Giraffe and Tawawa: central Kyoto convenience - and cool!

    by j-san Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Shakey's: CHEAP CHEAP!!!

    by j-san Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    bizzare custard pizza on the right...

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    delefrance: best simon fume sandwich i ever ate

    by hebaemam Written Dec 5, 2010

    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.

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    Matsuno: If you like unagi!

    by milliturtle Written Sep 18, 2010

    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.

    http://www.asiarooms.com/en/travel-guide/japan/kyoto/what-where-to-eat/japanese-restaurants-in-kyoto/matsuno-restaurant-kyoto.html

    http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/kyoto/restaurants/17456

    Favorite Dish: Unagi.

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    Il Pappalardo: Good Pizza

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 17, 2010

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    Il Pappalardo, not far from Sanjuusangendo, is a delicious Italian pizzeria. The pizzas are not very large, but the taste is really good! It is slightly expensive, but splitting one with a friend makes it a bit more affordable. Although the pizza is most popular, they also offer various pastas, other dishes, and desserts.

    Il Pappalardo Pizzeria
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    Hanamichi: Have an Awesome Meal

    by arianne_1504 Written Jun 26, 2010

    This awesome little place was just wonderful. Initially drawn to it for its English menu, we found a wonderful little evening inside. Hanamichi seats probably no more than 10 people, but the one man show running it, was a fantastic host. He spoke a fair bit of English, definitely enough to understand that we didn't want to eat seafood anyway. You could see him prepare and cook all the food, and he made sure your glasses were filled. But perhaps the best bit (aside from the very yummy food), was that he pulled up a stool and came to have a chat with us afterwards!

    Definitely recommend this place!

    Favorite Dish: We had a sampler of okonomiyaki, yakisoba and teppenyaki and it was awesome.

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    Jishu Shrine Cafe

    by Gili_S Written Feb 9, 2010

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    At the Jishu Shrine we had a nice break in the local Cafe with its special interior and design as seeing in the first two images here. The 3rd image is another nice place for a break later while visiting this Shrine.

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    By the Ryozen Kannon: Local cafe's and drinking spots

    by Gili_S Written Feb 9, 2010

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    When you hang around a lot by foot in a hear of the summer it was very nice t find all those small local cafe's and drinking spots to have a drink and a break from the daily sun. This one is by the Ryozen Kannon.

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    Coffee break in the Shrine

    by Gili_S Written Feb 9, 2010

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    We were in Kyoto in the hear of the summer in July and we found it lovely and useful in few of the large shrine's to have coffee places where you can enjoy cold drinks and well as cool done in the air-conditions :)

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    Santouka: Kyoto great special style noodle place

    by Gili_S Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    I can't remember how we found out this place, somewhere around the Gion area there is complex of many restaurants and this one was the very special noodle place, by far my favourite place to eat in this city and if you visit here, be sure to visit this place, you will enjoy it.

    Favorite Dish: We had fantastic noodle dish of course (image 2) as well as excellent cold lager beer (image 3)

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