Shojin Ryori. One of 3 locations. This one is vegan but the other two branches are not vegan and offer fish/seafood. Jan 2014 reported open by HappyCow member. Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan, Japanese
inside Daitokuji-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Open Mon-Sun 11.00-16.00.



First Review by hawkjo

Wonderful food in wonderful setting

5 Posted on 07 / 27 / 2014

It is not easy to find inside the temple grounds of dai toku ji. But you can ask the people at the entrance to draw you a map. The restaurant is beautiful in Japanese traditional style. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented and really tasty. You get a lot of small dishes. It is not a cheap restaurant, but it is really worth it because you don't only get really great shojin ryori, you can enjoy it in a beautiful traditional environment.

Pros: Lovely environment, Great variety, great service
Cons: not cheap

Very Memorable and Impressive Food

5 Posted on 08 / 11 / 2013

My vegan partner (who has been a vegan for 10 yrs) and I had the best temple food ever here. Shojin Ryori (Japanese temple food) might be the only reason why I might come back to Japan again. The food in Izusen was beyond food that goes into the stomach. I can feel the spirit behind it by how they chose their water and ingredients. I'm a tea maniac and can tell that even though their tea was not so good, their water was soooo alive! They told us that they collected dewdrops from the mountain that they're in to make tea. Wow, the highest form of making tea, very impressive attitude.

Anyways, my partner chose the 4000-ish yen meal that included his favorite dish (ume/plum tempura) that my cheapest meal didn't have. My favorite dishes were their spinach shiraae (mayo-like tofu), yuba maki, and their tofu in general. The overall experience was a flow of goodies.
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 11, 2013

Updated from previous review on Sunday August 11, 2013

Pros: awesome food, traditional vibe and location, great water!

Delightful, but Subtle

4 Posted on 11 / 28 / 2010

Izusen is a shojin ryori restaurant within Daitokuji temple complex. The food was delicious, but very subtle. It's also a tour de force of vegetarian variety in Japan. I got the smallest dinner set (priced at Y3150) and received 12 or 13 dishes, each of which had an average of 2-3 different items on it. Items are mostly bite-sized, but with so many items my girlfriend was very full and I was satisfied. If you are unfamiliar with shojin ryori, research the story of goma dofu; it is delicious at Izusen. The restaurant itself was nothing particularly beautiful, but the food was worth it, even at $30 per person. Every vegetarian tourist should get shojin ryori sometime while in Japan, and read about its history, as well.

Pros: Delicious, Lots of variety, Good goma dofu
Cons: Far from subway, Expensive, Bland restaurant decor


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