2023 Recommended Lunches around Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto...
New restaurants are opening one after another in the vicinity of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, including a ramen store by a long-established restaurant that opened this May and a sushi restaurant opened by a veteran chef. This is a hot area to keep an eye on now, including cafes that are already popular!
This sushi restaurant was opened by a veteran chef with a career spanning more than 40 years. The owner has taken over from a deceased acquaintance, and offers mackerel sushi, seafood rice bowls, and even set menus to keep you entertained all day long. The regular menu includes saba-zushi and inari-zushi with chasoba (green tea). In addition, many other daily specials using fish directly shipped from the market are on standby.
This long-established soba noodle store in Nishijin began in 1905 as a food stall serving soba noodles at night. Today, the fourth-generation owner, Yoshinori Tanigaki, and his mother Izumi and her son continue to preserve the same taste that has remained unchanged since the establishment of the restaurant. It is especially surprising that the additive-free broth, which is made from scratch at the restaurant, still tastes the same after more than 100 years. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, such as set menus and rice bowls, that one would not expect to find in a soba restaurant, and many fans visit from all over Japan. Some dishes have been revived in response to customers' requests, such as Naruto Soba with grated yam and Nishin Soba, and the year-end special Kombu Maki.
This ramen restaurant was established on the second floor of a long-established restaurant [Gotsuji no Kombu], which has been in business for more than 120 years. In a stylish space with gray walls and a wooden counter, you can enjoy a course of Kombu Ramen. First, compare mizu-dashi (water-dried kelp) of makonbu, Rausu kelp, and Rishiri kelp in a glass of wine, and then enjoy the oboro kelp that Mr. Kuze, the representative, shaves in front of your eyes. The main dish, kelp ramen, has a clear soup with concentrated kelp flavor and chewy noodles. Kelp ramen is served on a one-kelp basis, with at least one item purchased at the store on the first floor.
This fruit and vegetable store and diner makes use of a 100-year-old townhouse. As soon as you enter, you will find a grocery store space with a wide variety of fresh leafy greens, potatoes with mud on them, and seasonal fruits. Moving to the back of the building, the "Sukoyaka Shokudo" stands by, which was started by Chie Nakamoto, the representative of the company, who started the business by utilizing her experience as a cooking school owner, along with her desire to "do something about the delicious vegetables that are called 'B-grade' vegetables. It is a warm space that connects producers and consumers, with a happy cycle of tasting vegetable-filled lunches and sweets and buying them back because they were so delicious.
This Japanese restaurant was established near Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The interior of the sukiya-style restaurant is beautifully decorated in a Japanese style, and is equipped with private rooms as well as counter seats. ［The owner, Mr. Senda, who studied at Shimogamo Saryo and Kenshu Horibe, offers only one course, 5,500 yen for lunch and 15,000 yen for dinner. Each beautiful dish, which skillfully reflects the season, is sure to impress each time it is brought to the table. The eel bowl, which appears at the end of the lunch course, is made with eel, a technique inherited from his family's eel cuisine in Wakasa, Fukui. The fragrant grilled eel with secret sauce is exquisite. Try it with a glass of Wakasa's local sake, such as "Kamoei," which is rare in Kyoto.
A large soft-serve ice cream sculpture welcomes you from inside a Japanese-style room as you pass through the gate. After the playful and artistic approach, you will find a seating area with a relaxed atmosphere that still retains the machiya-style atmosphere. Enjoying a view of the tsuboniwa garden, you can savor hand-drip coffee from Circus Coffee (600 yen), original herbal tea from niwatoco tea (730 yen and up) made by a pharmacist-blender, and other carefully selected coffee menu items. Of course, sweets with soft-serve ice cream are also on standby. Take-out is also available.
The owner, Kimitaka Nagae, is the third generation of a long-established udon store established in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture in 1950. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, he uses wheat flour from Kagawa Prefecture to make his homemade noodles, which are moderately firm and easy to eat. The soup stock, made by boiling iriko (dried sardines) in water for about 12 hours at a temperature below 70 degrees Celsius and adding dried bonito flakes and other ingredients, is also a direct descendant of his grandfather's recipe. The glossy appearance of bukkake udon is appetizing, but if you want to enjoy the flavor of iriko, warm udon is also recommended. The self-serve oden (oden is a kind of oden dish served at udon restaurants in Shikoku), priced from 130 yen, is also available throughout the year.
The store's name [nabura], named by the owner who loves fishing, refers to a school of small fish jumping on the surface of the sea, being chased by larger fish. The ramen store, which uses the auspicious word for the sea where big fish are found in its name, offers seafood ramen with the aroma of kombu and mackerel broth. The ramen is made without using any chemical seasonings and is low in salt so that it can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages on a daily basis. The soup is served with a large bowl of mackerel and noodles, which are flat and wavy, and is sure to be consumed in no time.
Upon entering the restaurant, one's eyes are immediately drawn to the tubs of brown rice of various varieties and origins. In 1996, the fourth generation of the long-established Oome Rice Shop, which has been in business since the end of the Edo period, started a Western-style restaurant out of his love of cooking. Since then, many customers have been asking, "Where does the rice come from? Since then, the restaurant has been displaying the brand of rice served that day. The freshly-polished rice is served with a choice of large or small portions, and brown rice is also available for a limited number of 10 servings. The restaurant is proud of its hand-kneaded hamburger steak topped with homemade demi-glace sauce. In winter, fried oysters are also available, which will surely make your meal go down a treat.
A hidden restaurant located in an alleyway in Nishijin, marked by a sign with a large wooden spoon. The interior of the restaurant, which used to be an Nishijin textile workshop, retains its original earthen walls and the earthen floor where the weaving machine used to be. The French owner, Mr. Pichou, prepares a daily plate of several Mediterranean dishes. He is also proud of his hard bread, which is just like the real French bread, and which he made use of his one-and-a-half years of training at Marmot Bakery in Sendai. The daily plate comes with baguette, focaccia with cumin, and other breads that go well with the dishes, as well as a soup that changes weekly.