There are numerous restaurants where you can eat tasty and inexpensive lunches around the tourist hub, Kyoto Station! Here are five highly recommended restaurants in the area.
This is a restaurant in the Kita-Shinkan building of Kyoto Tower, right in front of the Chuo exit of Kyoto Station. It serves creative, original Chinese-style dishes made using vegetables procured directly from a contracted farm and fresh seafood. The lunchtime set menus (630 JPY (incl. tax) and up) that include such items as ramen, grilled pork bowl, and Mapo tofu are a good deal. There is a large selection of items in the à la carte menu, including gyoza dumplings, gyusuji-daikon (simmered beef tendon and daikon radish), and shime-saba (mackerel marinated in vinegar and salt). You can enjoy a large variety of dishes at this restaurant.
This is a restaurant in Kintetsu Mall Miyakomichi to the south of the station building and close to the shinkansen bullet train gate. It serves mainly Kyoto-style okonomiyaki (ingredients of your choice are mixed into a batter of flour and water then grilled on an iron plate), yakisoba fried noodles, and teppanyaki grill at reasonable prices. The lunch sets include an okonomiyaki set (950 JPY (incl. tax)), a special negiyaki set for 980 JPY (incl. tax), and daily specials of grilled vegetable, Salisbury steak, and yakiniku grilled meat. The negiyaki (a large amount of scallions mixed into a batter of flour and water then grilled) made using the Kyoto scallion, kujonegi, is worth trying.
3. Ginyuba Kyoto Horikawa Branch
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy tofu and yuba (tofu skin) made with love and care using meticulously selected soybeans. The Daily Lunch Viking (880 JPY (incl. tax)), offered only on weekdays, is recommended for lunch. This is a good deal where you get one main dish with a salad bar and drinks bar. If you want to have a slightly more luxurious meal, the Kumiage Yubadon Gozen (1,313 JPY (incl. tax)) is perfect. This is a six-course meal through which you can have your fill of quality tofu and yuba. The restaurant is about five minutes on foot from Kyoto Station, on the first floor of APA Hotel on Horikawa-dori.
4. Dashi-chazuke EN Kyoto Porta Branch
Chazuke is a dish made by pouring tea over rice. Easy to make and quick to consume, it is essentially a traditional Japanese fast food. This restaurant specializes in a tasty way to eat chazuke called dashi-chazuke (671 JPY (incl. tax) and up). It has a selection of superb dashi-chazuke, with dashi soup, instead of tea, poured over fresh fish and seasonal ingredients placed on top of rice. It is conveniently located in the underground shopping mall, Porta, which is right outside the Karasuma East exit of Kyoto Station.
5. Gochiya Kyoto Station Branch
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy creative dishes made using high-grade Japanese beef and seasonal ingredients. It is a spacious and comfortable restaurant in a convenient location, just three minutes on foot from Kyoto Station. At lunchtime, you can select one of three daily lunches (700 JPY - 900 JPY/ salad and soup) that include either a meat, fish, or both as the main dish. It's a reasonably priced set with unlimited rice, miso soup, and coffee or tea.
*The image is from the dinner menu
These are all in convenient locations, so give them a try if you have difficulty deciding on a restaurant.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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