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    Where to Eat in Nakagyo - Kyoto

    The centre of shopping, dining and entertainment in Kyoto, Nakagyo is home to hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes. Whether you are hungry from a day’s shopping or looking for a good starting point for a night out, you’ll find the ideal restaurant among the plethora of choices presented by Nakagyo eateries.

    There are a number of venues catering to international palates with French, Italian and Mediterranean restaurants. There are also a number of exclusive Japanese venues that offer impeccable service and quality at exorbitant prices. But don’t be scared off as Nakagyo also has its share of the more down to earth noodle shops, bustling izakayas and late night yakitori stalls.

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Mukadeya

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This sophisticated restaurant occupies a beautifully refurbished villa. An open plan incorporates a dramatic dark stone foyer and courtyard garden creating a tranquil atmosphere for enjoying the Kyoto home style cooking. The menu is varied and relies on seasonal ingredients so expect interesting dishes such as bonito sashimi with pumpkin and ground ginger chicken. The lunch bento sets represent affordable prices and dinner is only slightly more. Dinner jackets required and reservations are essential.

  • Opening Hours: Thu – Tue 10:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Mukadeya-cho, Shinmachi-dori, Nishiki-agaru, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 256 9393
  • Cuisine: Japanese Home-style
  • Price Range: Lunch: affordable, Dinner: pricey
  • How to get there: Kyoto Shiyakushomae Subway Station
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Kushya

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Kushiage and yakitori are the specialties of the house at Kushya. Delectable pieces of marinated meat and vegetable are grilled or deep fried to succulent perfection and served with a variety of dipping sauces. Kushya are creative with their kushiyaki and kushiyage using many different meats, seafood and vegetables. The dinner set is a good introduction to this kind of Japanese food with eight different samples.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 1/F Stellum, Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Noboru Higashi Iru, Ebisu-cho, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 211 3448
  • Cuisine: Japanese Kushiage
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: budget
  • How to get there: Kyoto Shiyakushomae Subway Station
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Mishima-Tei

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Mouth-watering beef with vegetables and noodles attract regular customers to Mishima-Tei. The meat is so popular that the restaurant has its own butcher on the ground floor which is frequented by Kyoto’s most discerning housewives. The interior has a historic atmosphere with its wood-frame structure, polished wooden floors, not to mention the kimono wearing waitresses shuffling around with platters of sukiyaki components. Some of the private tatami rooms overlook a pretty courtyard garden. Reservations are required.

  • Opening Hours: Thu – Tue 11:30 - 22:00
  • Location: Tera-machi, Sanjo-sagaru, Higashi-Iru, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 0003
  • Cuisine: Sukiyaki, Shabu-Shabu
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: luxury
  • How to get there: Kyoto Shiyakushomae Subway Station
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Oomi

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Indulge in some beer-fed, hand-massaged Oomi beef at Oomi restaurant in the Hotel Fujita Kyoto. Seating is around the hori-kotatsu sunken grill so you can have a good view of your beef being cooked to perfection. Other dishes are available such as a generous seafood platter and other grilled meats but the star of this restaurant is the beef. There is a good lunch set menu on weekends. Housed in an elegant restored Meiji-era villa the ambience is classy thus jacket and tie are required and reservations are essential.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 17:00 – 21:00, Sat - Sun 12:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Hotel Fujita Kyoto, Nijo-dori, Kiya-machi Kado, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 222 1511
  • Cuisine: Japanese steak
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: luxury
  • How to get there: Kyoto Subway Shiyakushomae Station
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Café Sarasa

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Enjoy some innovative light Japanese cuisine at the laid-back Café Sarasa. The café sits between antique kimono dealers occupying an old house dating back to the Edo period; with mud walls and exposed structure beams it endows the restaurant with an earthy, organic ambience. The menu includes light Asian and Mediterranean dishes with a Japanese twist like the smoked tuna and avocado salad caprese with wasabi mayonnaise, the Vietnamese pancakes, or the roasted vegetables and sardines in oil and tortilla with sausage.

  • Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 12:00 – 22:30
  • Location: 2F Wood-Inn, 534 Asakuchi-cho, Tominokoji-dori, Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 212 2310
  • Cuisine: Café / Light meals
  • Price Range: ¢-$$
  • How to get there: Three blocks west of Teramachi-dori, south of Sanjo.

Ajigasane

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Dining at Ajigasane, a 150-year-old vintage house overlooking the Kamogawa River, can be a memorable experience. One of Ajigasane’s signature dishes is ramen noodles which come in many different styles. Ajigasane features various seating options and some private dining rooms.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Pontocho-Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 256 1777
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • How to get there: A five-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto line Kawaramachi station and from Keihan Honsen line Shijo station or from Keihan Honsen line Sanjo station.
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La Jolla

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After visiting the Nijo Castle, fans of American and Caribbean cuisine should make a stop at La Jolla Restaurant located just a little north of the castle. Their menu consists of North American favourites as well as some vegetarian dishes. English-speaking staff.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: Near the Nijo Castle, west of Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 821 4745
  • Cuisine: American & Caribbean
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Musashi Sushi

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If you have never eaten sushi from a ‘kaitenzushiya’ or conveyor belt, this is your chance to try it out. Just to see the chef preparing the sushi is quite amazing. Musashi Sushi offers a large variety of sushi plus you can always order other items from their English-language menu. The sushi is hand prepared and costs about 140 Yen. This is the ultimate in ‘fast food’ in downtown Kyoto. Another option is Kappa Sushi which is right across the road from Musashi. It offers cheaper conveyor belt sushi but it is not hand prepared.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: On the northwest corner of the Kawaramachi-Sanjo intersection, downtown Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 222 0634
  • Cuisine: Sushi
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Suya (Okonomiyaki) Restaurant

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Suya offers okonomiyaki, which is Japanese-style pancakes or pizza. This venue is probably the most well-known okonomiyaki restaurant in Kyoto. It has a relaxing traditional atmosphere with friendly staff, some English speaking. Ingredients include many toppings such as sliced pork, squid, shrimp, chopped cabbage, green onion and bean sprouts, all at quite reasonable prices. English-language menu also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 – 02:00
  • Location: Between Ryokan Nishiyama and Hotel Sugicho Inn downtown Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 212 4466
  • Cuisine: Japanese-style pancakes and pizza
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Prandia Restaurant

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Big breakfast fans should check out the great buffet at Prandia Restaurant inside Kyoto Royal Hotel. You can enjoy traditional Japanese food as well as various western choices. Prices are quite reasonable. The restaurant is a good place for people watching as it on the hotel’s ground floor, facing the busy street.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00 breakfast until 10:30
  • Location: Kyoto Royal Hotel
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 223 8973
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese and western-style buffet
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Tempura Restaurant at Yoshikawa Ryokan

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If you happen to stay at Yoshikawa Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) you have to try their famous restaurant outlet. The most well-known dish is the kakiage, which is sliced vegetables and seafood mixed together with tempura batter then deep fried.This vintage ryokan was built over 100 years ago and has a beautiful big garden attached. The restaurant is usually busy at dinnertime so advance booking is recommended.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Yoshikawa Ryokan Inn on Tominokijo Street just south of Oike Street
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 5544
  • Cuisine: Japanese tempura
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King and I

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Thai cuisine is popular all over the world for its clever balance of the five fundamental flavours in each dish or the overall meal: spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. At King and I the famous tom yam goong (spicy and sour prawn soup), tom ka gai (chicken in coconut milk soup) and mixed fried vegetables are good examples of this taste combination.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:00 and 18:00 - 22:30, closed on Mondays
  • Location: Kawaramachi dori
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 256 5632
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Pub Africa

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This popular sports pub/bar is located in the busy entertainment district in Kyoto. It is a good place to mingle with locals as well as visitors. The food selections feature udon Japanese noodles, curries, bacon & egg sandwiches, pizzas, sausages and salads. Drinks are reasonably priced. Check out their regular live music and don’t forget to take advantage of the happy hour running daily from 18:00 until 20:00. On a big sports event night Pub Africa is the place to be for a big, friendly crowd.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 till late
  • Location: Kyoto Rokkaku Terrace Bld 1F Kawaramachi-Rokkaku Higashi-iru, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0) 75-2554518
  • Cuisine: Udon and western pub food
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The Hill of Tara

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The Hill of Tara is a real Irish pub through and through, from the entrance to the interior as well as its kitchen (run by an Irish chef). Here you can enjoy many Irish favorites including Irish stew, fish 'n' chips, savoury mince pie with farmhouse gravy served with chips & salad. Happy hour starts from 17:00 and lasts for three hours daily.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17: 00 – 24:00; Fri and Sat from 17:00 - 01:00
  • Location: 1F/2F Millennium Oike Building, next to Kyoto Hotel
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 213 3330
  • Cuisine: Irish and western food
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Kerala Indian Restaurant

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Kerala offers traditional Indian foods with as many as 70 different kinds of Indian cuisine (20 are curry dishes with a lot of vegetarian dishes.) You will be impressed by its rich interior, featuring some beautiful antique items. Good value lunch sets start from 850 yen. English-language menu and English-speaking staff.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 2F Ledic Building, Kawaramachi St, north of Sanjo St. (Opposite Royal Hotel)
  • Tel: +81(0)75 251 0141
  • Cuisine: Indian
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