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Five Select Yoshoku Restaurants in Kyoto

Yoshoku is a style of Western-influenced cooking that developed in Japan. There are many yoshoku restaurants in Kyoto, where you can enjoy a tasty meal at reasonable prices. You should definitely try yoshoku while in Japan, so here are five recommended yoshoku restaurants in Kyoto.

1. Grill Ninjin

This is a well-known yoshoku restaurant that has been a favorite of locals for more than 30 years. The popular menu item is its Beef Tongue Stew (1,550 JPY (excl. tax)) of thick slow-cooked beef tongue served with a special sauce. An added benefit of this restaurant is the reasonably priced wines, which the owner, who is also a sommelier, procures to compliment the food. There is a wine shop on site, so you may enjoy picking out a wine as well. Seating includes a large counter, where you would feel comfortable even if you are on your own, tables, and a zashiki room with tatami flooring that accommodates up to 10 guests. This is a restaurant you will feel welcome at, whether on your own or with children.

1. Grill Ninjin

51-2 Ichijoji Deguchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. Cafe Dish Rough

This is a yoshoku restaurant near one of Kyoto's main tourist attractions, Kinkaku-ji, where you can enjoy reasonably priced homemade cooking using an abundance of Kyoyasai heirloom vegetables from Kyoto. The recommended dish is the Wafu Oroshi Hambagu Yuzu-fumi (900 JPY (incl. tax)), the restaurant's specialty hamburger steak served with Kyoyasai and a Japanese-style yuzu citrus sauce. It comes with rice, salad, soup, and obanzai (everyday dishes in traditional Kyoto home cooking) so it's a steal at this price. The other specialty dish is the Kyoyasai Gratin (820 JPY (incl. tax)) of Kyoyasai cooked in a bechamel sauce with a hint of white miso. Both dishes are served at very reasonable prices considering how much effort goes into making them.This is a yoshoku restaurant near one of Kyoto's main tourist attractions, Kinkaku-ji, where you can enjoy reasonably priced homemade cooking using an abundance of Kyoyasai heirloom vegetables from Kyoto. The recommended dish is the Wafu Oroshi Hambagu Yuzu-fumi (900 JPY (incl. tax)), the restaurant's specialty hamburger steak served with Kyoyasai and a Japanese-style yuzu citrus sauce. It comes with rice, salad, soup, and obanzai (everyday dishes in traditional Kyoto home cooking) so it's a steal at this price. The other specialty dish is the Kyoyasai Gratin (820 JPY (incl. tax)) of Kyoyasai cooked in a bechamel sauce with a hint of white miso. Both dishes are served at very reasonable prices considering how much effort goes into making them.

2. Cafe Dish Rough

30-4 Kinugasa Somon-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Tsuzure Okazaki Branch

This is a restaurant near the Heian Shrine, famous for the beauty of its vermilion buildings such as Oten Gate and Daigoku-den. It is particular about the ingredients it uses, including Kyo-jidori free range eggs procured directly from a farm in Kyoto and Yongenton pork known for its quality and the sweetness of its fat. The pictured Loco Moco (800 JPY), which comes with miso soup, Tamago Sando (550 JPY) egg sandwiches made with the Kyo-jidori eggs, and the Choco Banana Hotcake Set (800 JPY), which comes with coffee or tea, are also popular. This is a yoshoku restaurant you'll want to stop in for a break from sightseeing.

3. Tsuzure Okazaki Branch

47-5 Shogoin Entomi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. Restaurant Otsuka

This restaurant, which is a 10 minute walk from Ishida Station on the Tozai Line, was opened by a chef who trained at a hotel. The specialty menu item is the Tegone Hambagu, a handmade Salisbury steak made with ingredients carefully chosen by the chef. It's a better deal to get it in the Hambagu Set (1,100 JPY (excl. tax)), which comes with rice, miso soup, tsukemono pickles, and a sauce of your choice from among three options. The three large crispy deep fried whole prawns, Yuto ebi Fry (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) is also recommended. The steak of Omi beef cooked in a rich red wine sauce is a bit more expensive at 2,500 JPY (excl. tax), but definitely worth trying.

*Reservations are required for the Omi beef in red wine sauce.

4. Restaurant Otsuka

20-149 Ogurisumorimoto-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. Restaurant Nanabankan

This is a yoshoku restaurant conveniently located just five minutes on foot from JR Kyoto Station. The vegetables used here are fresh vegetables procured directly from a farm in Yagicho, Kyoto. The vegetables are sold in the restaurant at a discounted price so check them out. Recommended here are the variations of Salisbury steak, made with 100% Japanese beef. The most popular one is the Hawaiian-style Japanese Beef Hamburger Steak Loco Moco Style (1,600 JPY (excl. tax)). The Étuver of Vegetables from the Farm in Yagicho (600 JPY (excl. tax)) made by steaming fresh vegetables in a ramekin, and Bagna Càuda with Vegetables from the Farm in Yagicho (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) are also outstanding dishes that bring out the sweetness and umami flavors of the vegetables.

5. Restaurant Nanabankan

210 Shichijodori Karasuma Higashi-iru Maoyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Kyoto may have the image of traditional Japanese food, but it also has many great yoshoku restaurants. Try and find one that suites your tastes!

*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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