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First Review by waza

A well-deserved Michelin star - Edit



Ajiro is the longest-running vegan restaurant to keep a Michelin star in Kyoto, and after one meal it will be obvious to understand why. Authentic, utterly fresh and seasonal, and delicious shojin ryori (精進料理, "energy/effort food") is not cheap, but Ajiro is a quarter of what you would pay at the finer establishments on Koyasan (for example), and without the hassle of an overnight "temple stay" (unless of course that's your bag).

The house shows its age in places, but one could argue this is part of its charm. They probably have no time to remodel; the kitchen is too busy. Reservations, preferably weeks in advance, are usually a necessity. And do not mind the party of drunk monks upstairs.

If you like fine vegan dining, there is none better. And, yes, they do serve alcohol.


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A solid choice for shojin in Kyoto - Edit

Ajiro is one of the few temple cuisine specialists that is open late enough for a regular dinner. This, together with the fact that the food is fabulous, makes it a regular stop on our Kyoto route. Situated in what feels to be an old house, we always seem to be seated in the same room... possibly because all the other rooms are for larger parties. It's small and a bit rickety but reassuringly cozy. Service is gracious and kind. The food all tastes wonderful - their specialty is a soy milk dish that starts right from the first course and continues right until the end of the meal - as it simmers away all night you skim the layers that form on the top (in this form called 'yuba'), bathe them in one of the four condiments provided and eat..really yummy. For the same reason though, this is probably not the best place if you're not keen on soy.
The rest of the meal is often quite creative, with the occasional use of non-local ingredients as punctuation. Our fruity dessert once came out presented inside a huge bowl made of rock solid ice, which glistened glamorously as we indulged.. felt very extravagant!
This is not my no.1 favourite shojin spot in Kyoto but it's up there with the best nonetheless and is worth checking out if you have the chance.

Pros: creative, delicious, beautiful presentation

Cons: lots of soy


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Ajiro - Edit

Outstanding RInzai Zen Shimei Dori Rdii food. Sit it on floor or chair must be prearrange at the time of the booking. The top corse about ¥12000 + 8% tax. The food reflects the season, 100% Vegan ,very carefully arrange and serve. well worth a visit.

Pros: food made for the five senses

Cons: expensive


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