The area around Kyoto Station, an area that's always lively with tourists, has plenty of delicious restaurants offering lunch. Here are 5 recommended places to try.
Hashitate is on the 3rd floor of SUVACO JR Kyoto Isetan. It's a sister store of the well-established traditional restaurant, Wakuden, so it's very popular because you can enjoy that sort of meal for a reasonable price. The recommended dish is the Tai no Gomamiso-don (1,365 JPY), a rice bowl topped with sea bream and a paste made from miso and sesame seeds. It comes with dashi broth so you can make chazuke (a meal where tea or soup is poured over a rice bowl), but first you should try it as-is and savor the fresh fish seasoned with the sesame and miso. Then, if you'd like, you can pour the soup over the fish and enjoy the change in flavors. This is a recommended restaurant for people that want to casually enjoy traditional meals.
2. Kyo - Shijo Tagoto
This is a restaurant on the 11th floor of The CUBE, an area in the Kyoto Station building, where you can enjoy traditional Kyoto cuisine of a well-established restaurant named Tagoto on Shijo-dori. Their standard popular dish is Satsuki (1,380 JPY (incl. tax)), a set meal that includes warm soba, tempura, and sushi. It comes with a Kyoto-like, gently-flavored broth. They also have the Saba Sushi Zen (1,680 JPY (incl. tax)), a set meal that includes the Kyoto famous matsumae mackerel sushi. If you want to eat soba while you're around Kyoto Station, this is the first place you should try.
3. Sky Lounge Southern Court
This is a restaurant on the top floor of the Hotel Grandvia Kyoto, connected to Kyoto Station, where you can have lunch in a very open atmosphere. There's a ladies' lunch course that is 2,000 JPY (incl. tax) on weekdays and 2,200 JPY (incl. tax) on weekends and holidays. Depending on the time of year the menu and course names may change, but their recommended lunch is usually around 2,500 JPY. The limited lunch available until the end of September 2016 is the Chef's Banquet Lunch (2,500 JPY (incl. tax)), and it comes with a main meat dish as well as colorful side dishes using fresh and juicy vegetables and fruits that you can enjoy. At night, they have a bar where you can enjoy live piano music and the beautiful nighttime scenery.
4. Kyoto Kotokoto
"Obanzai" means Kyoto side dishes that were made on a daily basis in regular homes in the past. This restaurant on the 11th floor of The CUBE is where you can try obanzai. Along with the set menus and rice bowls they offer for lunch, there is also an obanzai buffet that changes every day. Their popular dish is the set meal featuring Tanba beef grilled on a ceramic plate (2,600 JPY (excl. tax)). The juicy brand beef goes perfectly with the simple obanzai made using local vegetables. This is a recommended restaurant for those who want to eat meals that can be found in a regular home around Kyoto.
4. Kyoto Kotokoto
5. Kyotofu Fujino
This restaurant is also on the 11th floor of JR Kyoto Isetan. You can enjoy tofu, a healthy ingredient made from the milk of boiled and pressed soy beans, along with dishes made using seasonal vegetables. The recommended dish is the Gozen Ume set (2,160 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with as many servings of fluffy oborodofu. This set comes with oborodofu, which is tofu that hasn't been drained yet, as well as aburaage (thinly sliced and fried tofu), and desserts using tofu and soy milk. You can gaze out at the townscape and the mountains as you enjoy the Kyoto-like meals at this restaurant.
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5. Kyotofu Fujino
If you make your way to Kyoto, you'll definitely want to eat delicious food, right? You can enjoy great lunches around Kyoto Station without having to go very far.
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