Cosme Kitchen Cafe

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901 Karasuma Shiokojikudaru, Higashioji, Shimogyo-ku (at JR Isetan Station), Kyoto, Japan, 810-0001

Serves meat, vegan options available. Located in JR Kyoto station B2F (The Cube), near the central escalators near Shiokori Dori in front of the main ticket gate. Vegan choices include meal sets with brown rice or bread, salad deli items, and soup, as well as scones, gelato, (some flavours), and organic tea / coffee. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-8:00pm. Last orders 7:45pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Italian, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out, Non-veg

17 Reviews

First Review by MonicaPancake

Wouldn't seek it out - Edit

I spent about 15 minutes navigating through the station to find it and I was disappointed. Despite having an allergy chart to point to, the staff didn't seem to have a full grasp of it and served my set with yoghurt despite me stating no dairy. The serving sizes of the salads are tiny! And finally the workers seemed to be laughing at me for asking whether my coffee had been made with dairy milk or soy milk since all I could see was the froth on top (black coffee is the norm in Japan).
Once I was eating I was happy with the food but it just wasn't worth the bother.

Pros: Chickpea salad was nice

Cons: Small portions, Unclear vegan items

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great location and options - Edit

Located just outside the station underground, we had the deli set which was 3 choices (I had a spicy veg, potato and mock ham and veggie soup), with brown rice and a tea. Surprisingly filling as the portions aren’t huge. Was very excited to see so many veggies on my plate as that is few and far between in japan!

Pros: location , upping my vegetable intake for the trip

Cons: not the easiest to find

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Yum! Great cafe, would return. - Edit

Delicious food. The soy fish tasted great, would come again! Polite and helpful staff.

Pros: tasty , good vegan and vegetarian options, helpful staff

Cons: non-English menu

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fake meat too close to real thing - Edit

Food was well made. But for a while I thought the soy chicken was the real thing. Tastes a lot like it, and they have fat and lines on it. Tasted too much like meat for my taste.

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small portions - Edit

I ordered from the deli and the portions here are super weak. Two pieces of tofu, a little cup of vegetables and quinoa, a scone and tea for 700 yen. No yogurt = vegan.

Pros: vegan scones (double check though)

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expensive with tiny portions - Edit

Came here because it was close to the station and looked promising. 3 small servings of salad and brown rice was 1,200 yen so not the best value for money.
The salads were bland and the servings were incredibly small.
I would have rather gone to 711 to get some rice balls and a salad.

Pros: staff knew what options were vegan

Cons: expensive, small servings , little variety

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Expensive, But Really Convenient - Edit

I came here for a quick dinner before getting on the train, and it really is right below the station, one minute from the main gate. The staff seemed to really understand veganism well and directed me immediately towards all the suitable options. I had the dinner set with brown rice, 4 deli items (I chose soup and 3 salads), a drink, plus a scone to take away. The set is usually with tea or coffee, but when I requested to exchange that for orange juice, they were totally fine with it. I felt that the set was really small for the price (1,814 yen), but everything tasted nice and the drink portion was generous. It's a good option if you want a quick, easy bite to eat before or after travelling.

Pros: Convenient, Decent food, Helpful staff

Cons: Expensive, Small portions, Not fully vegan

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Really convenient location - Edit

Located in the basement shopping area of Kyoto JR station, this cafe is in a really convenient location for filling up at when site seeing around Kyoto.
It's not fully vegetarian, so ask about any dishes to check they are vegan. I was told that the pancakes contain egg. The only sweet option that was vegan was a very tasty mini scone.
The keema curry sauce with 3 side dishes was delicious.
I found the portion sizes slightly small.

Pros: Really convenient location

Cons: Limited vegan choices, smallish portions

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Really nice, healthy food! - Edit

We ate a vegan curry here after getting off a train and it was really easy to get to. The food was delicious. I would eat there again. I would have preferred more vegan options but to have at least one option was good in my opinion!

Pros: good service, prime location

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convenient - Edit

Good location for a veg traveler. Food is pretty mediocre and pricy, but the restaurant is nice and comfy

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Cosy lunch place in Kyoto station - Edit

I went here before returning to Tokyo and the location is fantastic since it's inside Kyoto station! I went for the lunch hours. This is not an all vegan place so there are not a wide range of different foods you can choose. But the potato salad and chili sin care was to die for! Not very much food and a bit pricy but OK for a lunch.

Pros: Tasty food, Good location and cosy environment , Friends staff who speaks English!

Cons: A bit pricy, Not too many vegan options

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Good option for vegan or vegetarian in Kyoto - Edit

Went here a few times during a recent trip to Kyoto as the location was central. Some of the other places I tried on Happy Cow were closed and were a further bus commute.

Cosme Cafe is a vegetarian friendly cafe that serves meat. Located in JR Kyoto station B2F. Vegan choices such as soy minced meat bolognese, keema curry, millet salads are offered. Drinks include organic tea and coffee. My total for my set meal was 1,350 yen.

As a vegan abroad in Japan dealing with a language barrier in a culture where fish products are in most things it helps to be in a vegetarian friendly restaurant where the items that are vegetarian are clearly labeled plus the cafe uses organic veggies. Staff were friendly and the combination meal costs a bit more to bump up a herbal tea instead of caffeine yet find this is worth it.

Pros: good vegan options, central location

Cons: not all vegan or vegetarian, costs extra for herbal tea on set meal

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Good place but not veggy - Edit

Many menu have onion. And not much thing for choose. Test is good. Please and more menu in vegan.

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Good option in Kyoto station - Edit

The food here is quick and filing, service is exceptional and English speaking staff very helpful and pointing out what is vegetarian and vegan. Food is nutritious and good way to refuel if stuck in the Kyoto station area.

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Vegan options yay! - Edit

Great cafe close to JR Kyoto station serving fresh food with great vegan and vegetarian choices! Lovely staff, very helpful when ordering and bright, clean cafe makes this a must for breakfast, lunch and dinner while in Kyoto!

Pros: Vegan options, Organic, macrobiotic and natural!, Breakfast, lunch and dinner sets

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Vegan food in Kyoto Station - Edit

I was hyped to find Vegan food in Kyoto station. Initially I found it a little difficult to find as I stumbled upon a cosmetics shop run by Cosme Kitchen and assumed the restaurant would be nearby, instead it was some way down the hall.

When I got there, it was mid afternoon, but it was still busy. Not so busy that I had difficulties finding a seat, but I was surprised to see so many people eating lunch there so late. I took it at a good sign, but I imagine getting a seat there at peak time would be difficult.

The food itself was quite good. I had the lunch set with soy-meat bolognese, a couple of salads, brown rice and a cup of tea. The food all tasted very fresh.

The Vegan items weren't clearly marked. I had to resort to using allergen indicators, which were in Japanese. It may be difficult for someone with no knowledge of Japanese to know for sure what is and isn't Vegan. I'm sure one could ask the staff, but the servers who were working when I went didn't seem to speak much English.

Ultimately, if you're looking for something to eat in the Kyoto station complex, this is your best (and perhaps only) bet. Kyoto is, however, one of the most Vegan friendly cities in Japan. If you're travelling around Kyoto, there are plenty of other (better) options available.

Pros: Fresh food, Location

Cons: Vegan items not clearly marked

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lifesaver! - Edit

When you are wandering in a hungry daze after eating combini potato chips all day (or onigiri if you're lucky), finding Cosme will be like stumbling upon an oasis in the dessert. We were able to come here over the NYE holidays, when every other vegan place in Kyoto seems to be closed or hold bizarre opening hours, for which I am very grateful!

To find it, enter the "Cube" mall below Kyoto Station and go down to floor B2F. If you have descended the stairs from the street behind the coin lockers or the escalators from the station, turn left and head down the hallway. You will be surrounded by clothing stores - do not despair, you are on the right path! The cafe will be 3/4 of the way down the hall on the left, close to the JR entrance.

From 10-11:30 they have a breakfast menu, and the from 11:30-17:00 they have two set lunch options (today, deli lunch or curry lunch). Dinner is served from 17:00 to 20:00. The deli lunch vegan option today was a soy bolognese main with veggie amaranth and corn salad sides, accompanied by brown rice and tea or coffee. Their drinks include smoothies, raw and otherwise, juices, fair trade organic coffee, herb teas, various coffee drinks (eg hazelnut caramel latte), and organic sodas. A set lunch with sides and included drinks is about 1000¥.

Not mind blowing, but a good safe bet in Kyoto station.

Pros: vegan options, soy meat, soy milk, healthy, smoothies juices and vegan coffee drinks

Cons: serves meat!, few choices, in a shopping mall

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