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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!

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  1. Bamboo Izakaya. I recommend ordering omakase. Pick your price range. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

    Omen for udon. Katsukura for tonkatsu. Ippudo for ramen

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    1. re: PAO

      Do you have an exact address for Bamboo Izakaya? Trip Adviser has a very strange address that when copied and pasted into google maps does not come up and my internet searches are not coming up with an exact location or street address. Thank you!

      1. re: OC Mutt

        The address for Bamboo is
        〒605-0028 京都府京都市東山区東山三条東入ル南側 コメット東山1F

        Here's a map: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/j7r2843p0000/map/

        (Hint: if you can't find something via a search on the name, search on the phone number. Make sure it's in the form 075-xxx-xxxx rather than +81-75-xxx-xxxx.)

    2. I grabbed some inari and saba sushi to go from this place...

      http://kyotofoodie.com/izuju-best-kyo...

      Then split it with friends at an eating/sitting area in the temple across the street... ^^

      And this place is great place to have a break and a treat...

      http://kyotofoodie.com/gion-kinana-ic...

      1. We had udon at Honke Owariya and really enjoyed it. It's only open until 7 pm, though.

        http://www.honke-owariya.co.jp/english/

        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.

        http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kan...

        And we loved our shabu shabu dinner at Shabuzen Gion.

        http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

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        1. re: gildeddawn

          How much did the Shabu Shabu cost?

          1. re: OC Mutt

            It was pretty pricey. I want to say 3500 yen for the cheapest option, which was non-kobe beef, one plate. There was also an unlimited option for maybe 4500 yen, and the kobe version was 5000, I think. They had similar options for sukiyaki, again, starting at 3500 yen.

        2. 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.