Respond to Review of CLOSED: Mikouan
Review: My wife and I are not adventurous. We are spoiled on chain restaurants and large table service establishments. When we were evaluating our options for Kyoto and saw Mikoan near the top of the list we wanted to try it, but had to spend about half an hour to muster the courage to walk down some random alley and into what others have described as a woman's home. Having just returned from Mikoan I will tell you this: do not be timid, do not back out when you see the alley entrance. Open that door, let them pull out a stool for you at the bar and have one of the best vegan meals in Japan for an incredibly low price. At only 1000 yen the dinner set is a mixture of random, assorted delicious dishes. The owner/chef seems to cook up whatever she is in the mood to make, and all of it is amazing. On top of that she is very friendly, the whole atmosphere is welcoming, and there were other guests when we arrived including a cool couple from the UK and two businessmen from China. The older woman previously described who may be the chef's mother was also at the bar chatting up her friend, who had a tiny cat nestled up to her. This may or may not have been Hana (no sign of Toro, unfortunately). So don't worry about feeling uncomfortable. Turn south from Shijo dori onto Teramachi dori, walk past the AM/PM, look for the red awning and the tiny doorway and head down that alley. You won't regret giving it a try.