Kyoto - non-Kaiseki restaurant picks
We will be in Kyoto for one night and two days. Please share your recommendations for any non-Kaiseki choices for dining including Udon, Tofu and any others you feel are worth trying during our short stay. Thank you!
We had udon at Honke Owariya and really enjoyed it. It's only open until 7 pm, though.
There's also a good Indian restaurant in Kyoto called Kerala, if you've reached a point in your travels where you've got Japanese cuisine fatigue. Service was less than stellar, but the food was great.
And we loved our shabu shabu dinner at Shabuzen Gion.
Thanks to Robb for the address. Here are a few landmarks that might help you find it. It's in Eastern Kyoto, across the street from a McDonald's and close to the entrance of one of the neighborhood shopping arcades. It's easy to walk right past. When I was there, there was potted bamboo (surprise!) out front.