Mukadeya is a sophisticated restaurant in a beautifully refurbished villa. An open plan incorporates a dramatic dark stone foyer and courtyard garden creating a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the restaurant's particular type of 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: Thursday–Tuesday from 10am to 11pm
- Location: Mukadeya-cho, Shinmachidori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, 604-8214, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 256 9393
Mishima-Tei serves mouth-watering beef with vegetables and noodles. Serving either sukiyaki or shabu-shabu style of hot pot, the meat here is the star draw. In fact, it's 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: Daily 5.30 to 10pm
- Location: 405 Teramachi-dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, 604-8035, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 221 0003
Dining at Ajigasane, a 150-year-old vintage house overlooking the Kamogawa River, is a memorable experience. One of Ajigasane’s signature dishes is ramen noodles with a range of broths to choose from. Ajigasane features open plan seating options and some private dining rooms. The restaurant has a varied menu, including several neat set meals for children. It’s a 5-minute walk from Kawaramachi station in downtown Kyoto.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 5pm to 11pm
- Location: 141-4 Wakamatsucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8205, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 256 1777
After visiting the Nijo Castle, fans of American and Mexican 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. The SoCal cuisine served here is authentic and the margaritas are some of the best in Kyoto.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
- Location: 154-2 Nagahamacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8201, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 821 4745
Suya Okonomiyaki Restaurant
Suya specialises in 1 thing and 1 thing only: okonomiyaki. This popular Japanese meal is often called a Japanese-style pancake or pizza. Suya is probably the most well-known okonomiyaki restaurant in Kyoto. It has a cool atmosphere with friendly staff, some who speak English. Ingredients include many toppings such as sliced pork, squid, shrimp, chopped cabbage, green onion and bean sprouts, all at quite reasonable prices. An English-language menu is available.
- Opening Hours: Thursday–Tuesday from 5pm to 2am
- Location: 47 Daikokucho Kawaramachidori, Sanjo Sagaru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8031, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 212 4466
Kerala Indian Restaurant
Kerala offers traditional Indian food with as many as 70 different kinds of Indian cuisine, including 20 different curries and a lot of vegetarian dishes. The tandoori meats are particularly good. The rich interior has several nods to India and features some beautiful antique items. Look out for the good value lunch sets starting from 850 yen. There’s an English-language menu and English-speaking staff so ordering is never a problem.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
- Location: 2F Ledic Building, Kawaramachi-dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, 604-8006, Japan
- Tel: +81(0)75 251 0141