Restaurants in Kyoto
One thing to remember is you do not have to tip in Japan – they can actually find it insulting. It made me feel odd but also quite nice that the bill really is what you pay! Set out below are some of the restaurants in Kyoto that we visited.
600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward
We stayed local for our first evening and eat in Kyoto Station, which has a nice food area called “The Cube” and “Eat Paradise” on the 11th floor on the west side of the station. Combine this with a quick visit to the roof terrace (also called “happy terrace”) where you can see views of Kyoto.
We visited Gyutan Inosuke and had the set menu of beef steak with miso soup. The meat was beautifully cooked and flavoursome and the restaurant had a chilled atmosphere. The cost was around £15pp with a drink.
4-138 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
On the way to Kiyomizu-dera we stumbled upon this lovely cafe for lunch which had tasty food and was good value! We had crispy chicken, dumplings and a beef and rice dish – all for around £8pp.
111-2 Tominagacho, Higashiyama-ku | 1F, Kyoto 605-0078, Kyoto Prefecture
The district of Gion had come recommended in the hope of seeing a Maiko getting ready for a show and scurrying through the streets and, luckily, we did spy a couple briefly! If you are in the area, we recommend walking down Shimbashi street before or after dinner, which is a romantic walk.
Gion itself is a fairly upmarket district but with an element of seediness about it. We eat at Gion Toriko-ya which offered a Chinese dining experience.We had some tasty gyoza with different dipping sauces to start.
For mains we had a flavorsome deep fried chicken dish with sweet and sour sauce and a beef ramen dish. Meal for two was around £15/20 each.
〒601-8002 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujo Kamitonodacho, 39番地
We visited our hotel’s sister restaurant, Sakura Terrace The Gallery, which offered customers of the hotel wagu steak for only £10. This was extremely good value and so very tasty! We also had a mixed meat dish to start which included a delicious duck. There was also a young man and lady who sang throughout dinner, which was a nice added touch.
Japan, 〒604-0931 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Enokicho, 71
Le Bouchon was a lovely French restaurant near the Ponto Cho in Kyoto.We had roasted duck breast meat with red wine sauce, which was so tasty and one of the specials – spicy lamb meat sausage with potatoes.
Of course, we had to finish on a creme brulee, which was fantastic. The service was good, and worth paying a bit more for (£25pp).
East London Girl: Kyoto restaurants