I visited a bunch of vegan restaurants in Kyoto on my last visit but this one felt like a place I would hang out at all the time if I lived in Kyoto. It has a nice cozy mom-and-pop feel to it.
The menu is limited (not a bad thing). I went for lunch and of the 5 options, I chose the kuruma fu sandwich, a wheat gluten ring that is breaded in panko and served crispy with lettuce, tomato, and a special sauce. Rather than being aggressive, it was seasoned with a delicate touch. The kuruma fu burger came with a beautiful little side salad of greens, raw beets, and radishes dressed with a tangy dressing and a few pieces of a egg-like tofu and vegetable omelette.
Everything was really delicious and well-seasoned.
I finished my lunch off with the goma (black sesame seed paste) latte. Oh wow was that amazing! I highly recommend it. Also, the presentation and the foamed soy milk latte art is outstanding!
As is mentioned in the other reviews, the owners speak fluent English and the menu is in both English and Japanese. I chatted a little with one of the young owners and she was super friendly. As I was getting ready to pay, I saw her taking out some muffins from the oven and I just had to have some. I bought one matcha and one fig muffin and took them with me for later that night. They were superb!
If you are heading to the Silver Pavilion (Ginkauji)--and you should since it's amazing--stop by Tosca. It's only a little walk down the same road as the temple.
Visited Jan 2014Pros: Delicious food, Cozy atmosphere