Kyoto - non-Kaiseki restaurant picks
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.
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.
I grabbed some inari and saba sushi to go from this place...
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...