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Nishiki-dori, 198-1 (at Nishiki Market), Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto vegan restaurant inside Nishiki market (錦市場). Offers set meals. Look for the half open glass door next to the sweet shop stall, approx. 4 stalls before you reach Fuyacho -dori, at 京都府京都市中京区東魚屋町198-1, 〒604-8055. NOTE: please confirm if still fully vegan. Open Tue-Wed 11:30am-3:00pm, Thu 11:30am-2:00pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm, Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine

52 Reviews

First Review by ahimsa333

Dinner isn’t currently Japanese - Edit

We tried to go here for dinner and the place is still open at night but currently has a different chef there for dinner service. We decided to try somewhere else as the lady running the restaurant at night does an Italian menu. She still had a vegan option but also a vegetarian and pescatarian option. She didn’t say how long she would be there for dinners.

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Amazing little plant-based Japanese restaurant in Nishiki Markets - Edit

Beautiful Japanese plant-based restaurant hidden in a small door inside Nishiki market.
There is a sign on the door Hale - vegan/vegetarian so walk slowly to find this place.
The food was so delicious, nourishing and healthy and $30 AUD for two people.
Peaceful place too with no kids and no noise.

Pros: Delicious healthy food, Quiet and beautiful space, Cheap

Cons: Not kid friendly, Hard to find - entrance is a tiny door

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Fantastic Lunch - Edit

Just off the market this lovely little resturant was a real gem. Beautiful food and a unique and tranquil atmosphere.

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A Rare Gem - Edit

This atmospheric and traditional establishment is truly a treat to visit - I was really impressed with both the food and the space. They were quite busy at the end of lunch hour and also politely asked us not to take photos; but otherwise it was a lovely experience.

Pros: High quality food, Unique space

Cons: Seemed a bit flustered

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Excellent in every way - Edit

I loved it here. First off is the atmosphere, this is in what looks like a very old well-maintained historical house hidden behind the chaotic insanity of the Nishiki market. Second is the fact that this place is very quiet and peaceful which seems impossible considering the location - what a welcomed refuge! Then there is of course the food. Delicious seasonal dishes, perfectly prepared and served with excellent service. The tempura maitake mushrooms were my favorite. A must for vegans in Kyoto.

Pros: Atmosphere and location, High quality food, Hidden peaceful refuge

Cons: Slippery texture of some dishes may be off putting

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An oasis - Edit

After the noise and pace of the market, you enter an oasis of old school Japanese calm. The set meal was beautiful and the staff were lovely.

Pros: great food and service

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No kids allowed - Edit

They don’t accept kids! We where not allowed to enter.

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Great oasis of calm in a busy (meaty!) market - Edit

I spent a few minutes looking for this place. But I was so glad I persisted. It was a wonderful little quiet spot in the middle of an exciting part of Osaka. The two women working there were both really friendly and the food was delicious. I had the lunch set menu which was made up of lots of little delicious and very fresh dishes. A wonderful experience and I'll definitely go back next time I'm in the area!

Pros: yummy food , lovely setting

Cons: blink and you could miss it. but don't give up!

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Fantastic! - Edit

This place was about to close when I arrived (I did not realise until I sat down) but they still accommodated me without saying a word. It is tucked in behind the market and it is so quiet. Merely finding this secret paradise was exhilarating! The food was very authenticly Japanese and I had the place to myself. It's a hidden gem.

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Great experience - Edit

Wonderful, beautifully presented vegan food in an elegant, quiet atmosphere. Very good value too in a city in which vegan dining can be rather expensive at times.

Pros: Wonderful food, Beautiful presentation, Elegant, quiet atmosphere

Cons: None

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Delightful - Edit

Everything about this restaurant is great - good food, friendly staff, beautiful shop, and it's right on Nishiki. I always go home happy and fully satisfied after having lunch at Hale. One of my favourite spots.

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Not amazing, but Japanese - Edit

This place was okay. Set menu--not even several set menus to choose from; you just order "lunch" and that's what you get. Kind of tricky to find--watch the signs hanging above the market, and go down the narrow hall to the end.

Pros: Convenient, Cozy, Authentic Japanese

Cons: No options, Minimal English

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Delicious and atmospheric - Edit

If you're after some authentic Japanese cuisine without the fish stock, come on down. The yuba is particularly lip-smacking.

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Mon coup de coeur à Kyoto - Edit

Hale est un petit restaurant avec deux grandes tables qui peuvent accueillir jusqu'à 12 personnes.
L'ambiance est sombre, les meubles en bois, il y a des bouteilles de Sake sur le comptoir et l'accueil est excellent. C'est tout à fait l'idée que je me faisais d'un restaurant typique Japonais. Les plats étaient délicieux (le plat de riz était servi avec de délicieux champignons). Je vous recommande vivement ce restaurant!

Pros: Très bon, Prix correct, Bon emplacement

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Un peu difficile à trouver mais vaut le coup! - Edit

Après quelques difficultés à trouver l'endroit (pas facile avec le marché bondé) nous avons découvert une ambiance somptueuse. Un seul choix possible mais avec beaucoup de petits plats. Très bon rapport qualité prix (1500 yens). Le jus du jour était merveilleux. Seul bémol : le plat dit "principal" composé de riz et de champignons était très salé. Si vous n'avez pas de problèmes avec le sel (mon cas) aucun soucis mais ma mère (qui ne sale pas) n'a pas pu le terminer.

Pros: Atmosphere, Diversity

Cons: Salt

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stunning - Edit

The ambience is what I imagine to be traditional Japan. Dark wood panelling and tables. A cosy and intimate environment. The food was plentiful, varied and delicious.

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Great find - Edit

Cool restaurant with great and authentic atmosphere. Food is fresh and delicious, and wait staff is helpful. Bathroom is clean but strange for foreigners (it's a squatty-potty), and seating is limited.

Pros: Food is all vegan

Cons: Just one set menu choice for lunch

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Not as reasonably priced as expected, but still nice - Edit

The location of Hale was nice and overall it was a nice experience. I did not find the price as "affordable" as many other reviewers, it's not outrageous, but I wouldn't give the impression it was "cheap" or a steal. There was one set meal, locale was very beautiful. I did notice when paying there was also a offer for a beer set for 1200 which personally I would have preferred, and wished the lady told me about it. The set came in courses, which considering the style of food, my partner and I found not the most ideal, the courses didn't seem to complete eachother, and go from heavy to light to heavy to light. I wish they just brought a few dishes at once, in a bit more like a bento style. Overall nice, but really we were shocked that this was listed as a 'cheap" option when it was one of the priciest places we went to on the trip.

Pros: nice locale, Sensible japanese food

Cons: Price, No advertisement for any other offers

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Nice ambience! - Edit

The restaurant is beautiful. Very japanese and very relaxing. We ordered a set meal. Interesting flavours and textures :) Definitly a japanese experience and worth the price.

Pros: local food, reasonable priced

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An Oasis - Edit

Perfect! A sanctuary of calm in a chaotic market. Quite tricky to find but well worth it. Great food, great ambiance, great service, very authentic.

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simple, tasty food - Edit

This is a nice respite in the middle of Nishiki market. The food was simple, but it was nice to sit down in a quiet place after strolling the awesome, but crowded market

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Very nice vegan bar restaurant - Edit

We had a good dinner at Hale although it was a bit difficult to find the place!
The food is japanese style with very nice dishes, plates have sufficient size.
It is a bit expensive, but it is worthwhile.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly, Nice room (japanese-style)

Cons: A bit expensive

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Nice food - Edit

Visited for lunch. Had nearly missed it as the restaurant is on the cramped Nishiki market and the name was not directly visible, although it is written on the glass door, as the door is kept open.
You enter the door and through a short passage to the restaurant at the back. Relatively small place and can accommodate ~15 persons at a time. Limited options.
1000JPY for rice bowl with a type of vegetable broth, 1250 for the same with additional vegetables, tsukemono etc., i.e., washoku set and 1950 for extra large set (Has an additional vegetable set).

Food was delicious. Quiet place. But lighting and ambiance could have been better. Slightly expensive compared to some other places for lunch, but still, good quality.

Pros: Good food, Location

Cons: Not cheap. Moderate

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Very expensive! - Edit

My partner and I found no trouble finding the place but we're not expecting to pay so much! The food was very healthy and not quite our cup of tea. At one put we were given just steamed vegetables including a whole half of onion with the skin as well, we understand vegetables are expensive but found this a bit strange. We were expecting it to be quite cheap but for the dinner set meal itself was 2500 yen, plus a table charge (500 yen per person) plus you needed to buy a drink (650 yen) as well as tax which quickly added to a large bill! Would not go back.

Pros: very healthy food, nicely presented and cosy atmos

Cons: Very expensive, a lot of extras added to the price

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speedy1893 19 Apr 2016 - you went to a traditional Japanese restaurant. 2500 yen for a dinner set is NOT expensive in Kyoto if you want to eat decent food. they used to charge 250 yen table charge but they’ve done away with that. drinks start around 500 yen and is not required but preferred bc so many cheapskates come and order one set for several people. considering you don’t tip in Japan, a drink is not such a big deal.  


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Delicious Macrobiotic Vegan Lunches - Edit

Hale is located in a shopping alley in Kyoto behind a narrow glass door that says "Hale". Peaceful, Japanese style, small, with lots of wooden interior and traditional feel. It's only 100% vegan during lunchtime... The owners/chef is a local, sweet lady, and the food is delicious. It's Japanese style with Yuba Tofu and lots of small plates - with various okazu. Menu was in both Japanese and English. I recommend it, and I will go back again. Please only go there is you are a respectful and considerate person. This is NOT a kind of a cafe where loud obnoxious behavior would be a ok ... only mellow respectful behavior.
Updated from previous review on Monday August 31, 2015

Pros: Unique, Delicious, Organic

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INCREDIBLE restaurant! - Edit

I went to Hale when I was in Kyoto November 2013. I still tell people about this restaurant.

It's relatively hard to find -- in the fish market behind an unmarked glass door -- but the food is wonderful and very creative. I ordered the chefs menu and sat at the bar. From here I could watch the one and only person in the kitchen put together the dishes. And WOW what delicious food! All the ingredients were super fresh, and although it was a bunch of courses I wasn't too full by the end. If I'm ever in Kyoto again, I will definitely come back.

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Pretty, traditional-ish restaurant - Edit

This spot is well-located, a bit old-fashioned, and tasty. Traditional-ish Japanese food so good if you're looking for that. I went a couple of months ago, but I know they're still open - I called yesterday.

Pros: pretty, good location, beautiful presentation

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