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Apr 23, 2009 05:50 PM

Kyoto Lunch

I'm spending a few days in Kyoto in May. I have reservations at Hyotei and Roan Kikunoi but am looking for one more. Ideally somewhere with a good lunch deal - but I'm open to other suggestions.

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  1. I am a big fan for Tankuma Kitamise and Chef Kurisu. He has written a beautiful cookbook about his cooking (in Japanese).

    Also, not sure if they are open for lunch, but Kikunoi with Chef Murata and Kitcho with Chef Tokuoka. They have a nice cookbook out on Umami and Dashi (in English).

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    1. re: Yukari

      Thanks. Is this Kitcho? Looks like they are open for lunch but it seems they also do a reasonably priced bento for dinner.
      I greatly appreciate your help.

      1. re: olly78

        The original restaurant is here:

        He has many branches. If you can make it to Arashiyama, you will have a beautiful dining environment.

    2. Are you only looking for kaiseki-type places? So many kaiseki-style meals in a short period of time can get rather monotonous--same season, same ingredients. Preparations may differ, presentations certainly will, but there's really only so much you can do within a traditional Japanese framework (in my opinion).

      Would you consider trying tempura in Kyoto? I really like Ten-you, owned by the Tawaraya people. Tempura Yasaka Endo is also supposed to be quite good, but I haven't been there, yet.

      1. Kyoto is famous for tofu, how about a tofu course lunch? Tousuiro was a great experience for me. They have two shops. I don't think you can count on English being spoken at the restaurants, but their website does have English, sorry, not sure if you can speak Japanese.

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        1. re: deraumai

          Thank you everyone for your help. I think a Tofu lunch is a great idea- though not sure my wife will enjoy it! Is Kyoto famous for tempura, I am going to Tokyo afterwards and have a reservation at Kondon.

          IN Tokyo I also have a table at Hishinuma and will also try to eat at Sushi Mizutani and Sukijabashi Jiro. I also want to eat at Birdland.

          I dont speak Japanese - though the wife speaks a little. I've managed to make reservations so far either by calling the restaurant directly or through my hotel. Interestingly I found that people speak better English in Kyoto than Tokyo.