Vegetarian Paradise-tops in Kyoto, worth a trip
Posted on 10 / 20 / 2013
location: on Nishinotoin-dori near Shijo-dori. The entrance is halfway down Nishinotoin, where there is a wood sign "cafe-bar" at the alley leading to the building: a beautifully restored Machiya. A landmark for a taxi driver could be the Hotel Mitsui -Garden on the same block. Check the restaurant website for opening hours/days and a map : http://www.e-yama.jp
Food & ambiance: my #1 Kyoto restaurant. We had Kai-seki traditional Kyoto dishes -in modern style vegetarian dinner sets: generous and tasteful servings of tofu, a choice of 4 miso soups, eggplant , a heaping plate of greens and raw veggies with sautéed garlic, brown rice and bancha tea. Each plate that appeared was tastefully presented and delicious. The restored Machiya house is gorgeous , with rustic wood tables and a small interior garden. At the end of the meal, the owner-chef, who had served us graciously but mostly silently, only naming the dishes and ingredients like "an edible flower" or "eggplant with ginger", began chatting, explaining how he had restored the house, built the furniture and even sewn the table linens and aprons himself--all evidence of a great eye for design. He understands what vegans do and do not eat (ie. ice cream) and we left eyeing the lunch menu : fig smoothies, risotto, edamame. Kyoto cafe serves wine, beer, non-alcoholic & non - veg items too.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 06, 2013
Delicious inventive preparation, Tasteful surroundings, Set meals are worth the price
Hard to find, Cash only