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6 truly delicious meat dishes to eat when you come to Kyoto! 6 truly delicious carefully selected meat dishes

7 truly delicious meat dishes to eat when you come to Kyoto! 7 truly delicious carefully selected meat dishes

Kyoto has a strong image of Japanese food such as obanzai, but what you should definitely try are meat dishes. In fact, Kyoto consumes more beef than any other city in Japan, and the word "meat" has long been associated with beef culture.

In this issue, we introduce restaurants where you can enjoy a little luxury and carefully selected meat. Enjoy a blissful moment in a space with a great atmosphere.

1.[Meat Cuisine Yama] Omakase Course/Kawaramachi

Meat Cuisine Yama, located in a quiet alleyway without a sign, is a restaurant that is difficult to reserve for those in the know. The menu consists of one omakase course that changes monthly, and the main dish is char-grilled beef, using only female Japanese black cattle. The owner, who knows all about meat dishes, creates original dishes that are not to be missed, such as the exquisitely-timed grilled top-grade cuts of beef and a tan salt comparison.

Meat Cuisine Yama's Meat Somen Noodle

The meat somen (somen noodles) in the 21,296 yen omakase course is a dish that can only be enjoyed because it is fresh. Katsu (pork cutlet) sandwiches and beef tongue curry for the end of the meal are also popular menu items.

Japanese dish of grilled meat similar to Korean barbecue

The restaurant, renovated from a 130-year-old old private house, has a high ceiling and a spacious interior, with an L-shaped counter and table seating for several people.

Japanese dish of grilled meat similar to Korean barbecue

  • grandmotherly dish of meat cooking
  • 317-13, Tabukuroya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station" Exit 11
  • Tel: None
  • 17:30-23:00
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://www.instagram.com/nikuryouriyama/

2.[Kyo Yakiniku Hiroshi Ponto-cho Villa] Chef's Omakase Course / Ponto-cho

Kyo Yakiniku Kobo Ponto-cho Villa, which offers a wide variety of Wagyu beef dishes, has opened in Ponto-cho, creating a new form of Kyoto cuisine and Yakiniku. The chef's omakase course, available only at the counter, features a variety of Wagyu beef dishes such as seared sushi with beef tenderloin and fresh Wagyu beef sashimi, all prepared in front of your eyes. The live performance of the beef being grilled to the perfect degree of doneness is also enjoyable.

Kyo Yakiniku Hiroshi's Chateaubriand Sandwich

The Chateaubriand sandwich is a popular item in the 10,000 yen Chef's Omakase course. By sandwiching it between bread, you can enjoy it without losing the juices of the meat.

Kyoto Yakiniku Hiroshi

The restaurant, housed in a 100-year-old Okiya, is full of atmosphere. Private rooms are available in addition to counter seats.

Kyo Yakiniku Hiroshi Ponto-cho Annex

  • Kyoto Yakiniku Hiro Ponto-Chotobetsu
  • 176-1 Zaimoku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Exit 6 of Sanjo Station, Keihan
    5-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-223-1129
  • 17:00-23:00 (LO/22:30)
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://yakiniku-hiro.com/shop/pontocho.php

3.[Kiyomizu Course / Gion, Gion, Tokyo

The Kiyomizu Course at Yakiniku no Meimon Tendan, which preserves the tradition of Kyoto yakiniku, is a menu only available at the Gion Main Restaurant and only on the Royal Floor. You can enjoy various cuts of Wagyu beef, including Omi beef and shorthorn beef, which have a strong flavor, served with salt or homemade ponzu (Japanese citrus juice). The tare (sauce) yakiniku is served with a refreshing dipping sauce that is similar to Tendan's own special broth. A la carte dishes such as beef Temari Sushi (4 pieces, 2,600 yen) are also popular.

Tendan no Shimizu Course

The 12,000 yen Shimizu Course includes the famous mille-feuille loin, which is surprisingly sweet and melt-in-your-mouth!

Buddhist sect (fr. 8th C)

The Royal Floor on the 3rd floor is a private space where you can enjoy an extraordinary moment. Wine supervised by a sommelier is also available.

Renowned yakiniku restaurant Tendan Gion Main Branch

  • Yakiniku no Meimon
  • 1-225 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 1 minute walk from Exit 2 of Gion-Shijo Station, Keihan
    Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station" Exit 1B, 6 min. walk
  • Tel.075-551-4129
  • 17:00-23:00 (Food LO/22:15, Drink LO/22:30)
    Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 11:30-23:00 (Food LO/22:15, Drink LO/22:30)
  • https://www.tendan.co.jp/

4.[KUROKAWA KIYAMACHI]Steak Stack/Kyoto City Hall

In the Kiyamachi area, which still retains its old town-like atmosphere, a must-visit restaurant is NIKUYA KUROKAWA, which sparked the steak-jyu (heavy steak) boom. The steak stacked with rice is made from carefully selected parts of Japanese black beef, and the meat, rice, sauce, and temperature are all balanced to perfection, resulting in a 15-minute shelf life. The meat is grilled to perfection to lock in the flavor, and you can enjoy it at its best with rice.

Butcher Kurokawa's Steak Stack

Steak Juu (heavy steak) 1,800 yen. Egg yolk, a perfect match, can be topped for +100 yen.


A modern Japanese-style restaurant with kotatsu (a table placed over a dug-out table). We recommend visiting a little before the restaurant opens to avoid waiting in line.

Kurokawa butcher shop, Kiyamachi

  • Nikuya Kurokawa Kiyamachi-Ten
  • ABS Bldg. 1F, 424 Ebisu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
  • 11:00 - *Finishes as soon as sold out.
  • Closed on Tuesdays, other irregular holidays
  • https://www.instagram.com/nikuya_kurokawa/

5.[Kyoto Meat Kappou Miyata] Meat Kappou Course - Superior - / Higashi-Honganji area

Located at the end of a narrow, elegant alley, Kyoto Meat Kappou Miyata is like a hideout for adults, where you can enjoy a course of meat dishes using rare Kyoto meats. The superb course, which changes daily, features a delicate menu that combines various ingredients with Kyoto meat, such as charbroiled chateaubriand, a direct taste of Kyoto meat, a small bowl of rice topped with swordtip squid and meat, and a cutlet of scallop and meat.

Char-grilled Chateaubriand at Miyata Meat Kappo

Meat Kappou Course - Superlative - 18,000 yen, char-grilled chateaubriand is a gem where you can feel the flavor of the meat as you bite into it.

Meat Kappou Miyata

A serene space perfect for spending special moments in a renovated Kyomachiya built in 1890.

Kyoto Meat Kappou Miyata

  • Kyoto-Osaka-Kyoto
  • 656 Izutsu-cho, Shinmachi-nishiiru, Kitakoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 8 minutes walk from "Kyoto Station" of each line
  • Tel. 075-708-7087
  • 12:00-14:00, 17:00-22:30
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://www.instagram.com/kyotonikukappo_miyata/

6.[Yakiniku Dining Kou Oshikoji Honten] Kou's Special Assortment / Karasuma Oike

[Yakiniku Dining Kou offers a wide variety of meat dishes in a yakiniku style, including Kobe beef, Omi beef, and Matsusaka beef (the three Japanese beef brands), as well as Kyoto vegetables and other ingredients from the Kansai region. The restaurant offers a wide variety of meat dishes, including Kou's special assortment of rare and specially selected cuts of beef, and Kou's agonizing meat course that will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. A total of 17 different types of yukke (yukke), including truffle yukke and seared sirloin yukke, are also popular and full of originality.

Yakiniku Dining Kou's Special Assortment

Kou's special assortment of 7,700 yen (for two persons) features a lineup of rare and specially selected portions of brand-name Wagyu beef. Compare and contrast melt-in-your-mouth marbled meat and thickly sliced meat with a strong flavor.

Yakiniku Dining Kou

The sophisticated space is also ideal for anniversaries. Enjoy grilled meat in a more luxurious atmosphere than usual.

Yakiniku Dining Kou Oshikoji Honten

  • Yakiniku Dining Kinoe Oshikouji Honten
  • Pepe Gosho Minami 1F, 34-1 Tojiji-cho, Yanagibaba Higashi-iru, Oshikoji-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
    7 min. walk from Exit 1 of "Karasuma-Oike" subway station
  • Tel. 075-211-2991
  • 17:00-23:00
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 16:00-23:00
  • 7 days a week
  • https://kinoe-yd.com/

7.[Gion Meat Restaurant New] Hana-getsu course / Gion

Gion Meat Tei Shin offers delicate meat dishes in a kaiseki style in an elegant Kyoto-style machiya (traditional townhouse). The restaurant's chefs combine their skills with carefully selected Japanese beef and seasonal delicacies from the mountains and the sea to create a lineup of beautifully presented dishes. The monthly changing Hana-tsuki course includes Yukke and char-grilled Omi beef, as well as the popular rice cooked in an earthen pot with seasonal ingredients and shiny silver rice.

Gion Meat Tei Shin's Yukke

Omi beef yukke from the monthly Hana-tsuki course (17,600 yen). A visually pleasing dish served with seasonal condiments *Prices are subject to change.

Gion Meat Tei Shin

As you walk along the cobblestone pavement, you will be greeted by a renovated machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse) that is over 100 years old. Enjoy a moment to forget about everyday life while gazing at the courtyard designed by a master craftsman.

Gion Nekutei Shin

  • Gospel of John (book of the Bible)
  • 366-2, Kiyomoto-cho, 2-chome, Shinbashi-dori, Yamato-oji Higashi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 4 minutes walk from Exit 9 of Gion-Shijo Station, Keihan
  • Tel. 075-533-0290
  • 18:00-23:00 (LO/22:00)
    Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 11:30-15:00 (LO/14:00), 17:00-23:00 (LO/22:00)
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://proceed-kyoto.com/nikutei-shin/
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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