Kousagisha Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 11 reviews )
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Kino building 113 Jodoji Kamibambacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 606-8416

Serves contemporary vegan Japanese food, drinks, and dessert in a light-filled, modern setting above an art gallery. Menu options include a generous sampler plate, pickled vegetables, curry, rice balls, tofu cake & ice cream, tea, coffee, sake, wine, beer. Operated by the owner-chef of the traditional yuba-don restaurant Hale in the Nishiki Market, it's a welcoming vegan alternative in northern Kyoto, not far from Kyoto University & Kyoto Art & Design College. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Closed Mon-Tue.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Organic

11 Reviews

First Review by Nancy Cadet

A restaurant you do not want to miss - Edit

These days the streets and the city of Kyoto has changed drastically. But yet there are places where you can truly relax and enjoy the meal
This restaurant is not big and you probably have to sit next to each other when you are in the crowded times but it sure will give the best vegan experience here in Kyoto.
Their meals change accordingly to the seasons and there’s a sense of gentleness, a trait of japan, in each dish

Pros: delicious

Cons: a bit pricy

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Best vegan food I had in Japan - Edit

This really beautiful place serves the best vegan food I have tasted in Japan! Kind people and you can tell it has been prepared with a lot of passion for cooking. All fresh products. Sad I discovered it on my last day in Kyoto! Must visit, also nice neighbourhood to walk around or go to one of the temples. We visit it by bike.

Pros: fresh products

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closed randomly - Edit

Make sure to call them before heading there, it was close when I walked there Tuesday lunch time.

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Best Kyoto Vegan Restaurant - Edit

My visit to this establishment was wonderful. Walking into the first floor, you are greeted by lovely people and there is also a gallery to enjoy while waiting for seats to open. The food is fresh and made with care, and the environment and building itself is magnificent and modern. i recommend everyone whos vegan to hit this location up!! check out the establishment tour video in the photo section or follow this link for the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeF7qK2cWUQ&index=9&list=PLQWzo_xhW-lnt4Q8qs4Dq2tUinSulcNvy

Pros: Great dedicated Staff, Clean and modern atmosphere , Healthy and delicious food

Cons: Price

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Amazing lunch - Edit

I've been here twice now and on both occasions I've been just in awe of the beauty, freshness, originality, and variety of their lunch plates. At 1800 yen, their set lunch menu is a total steal.

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Randomly closed - Edit

Randomly closed. No info on website or at the restaurant. May be worth ringing ahead here.

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Wonderful Japanese food - Edit

Food menu was only in Japanese so we ordered the two specials and hoped for the best. It was amazing! Healthy, delicious. Great variety of little things. The drinks and sides menus were in English.

Look for an art gallery and go up to the second floor.

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Little gem on the outskirts of Kyoto - Edit

Located in a modern wood building this little cafe above the gallery located in the same house was one of the best meals yet in Kyoto. To start we were served some refreshing drinks, I had kombucha and my family had apple juice, beer and some hot tea. To eat we were served 1 Japanese platter, 2 curry platter and 1 fried rice dish which we shared for four people. Delicious, healthy and honest food presented in a beautiful manner. The popadoms, kimchi, curry, cole slaw, and sweet potato stood out. The vegan desserts here are loveley too! We had a almond tofu cake, some ice cream and fruits. Would definitely recommend if you find yourself in the area.

Pros: Small and intimate, friendly staff , Tasty food, beautiful cafe , Good portion size

Cons: Food takes time, don't go if pressed for time, Plates stood for a long time after we were done, Japanese only menu, part of the charm !

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Healthy food - Edit

This is probably the best vegan restaurant in town, creative cooking with fresh ingredients. Quite possibly my favorite restaurant in Kyoto now! I'll definitely come again when I'll get back in Kyoto.

Pros: creative and healthy cooking, friendly staff, quite

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One of the best meals I've had - Edit

This place is an absolute must. It was one of the most refined and delicious meals I've ever had.

Super clean eating, made in beautiful surroundings.

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Seasonal and delicious , organic vegan cuisine - Edit

The cafe is open noon to 8PM, (closed Mon & Tues) and serves tasty, Japanese -inflected vegan meals and desserts in a sleek minimalist setting.
I had the Obanzai sampler plate: a generous selection including pumpkin croquette, pickled veg, edamame, marinated hijiki & beans, carrots with caraway dressing, daikon,persimmon, rice, salad and creamy potato purée soup. I'll have to come back for the intriguing sounding desserts: tofu almond cake, fruit sherbet, tofu ice cream.

Location: on Shirakawa-dori, at Jodoji bus stop, line #5, across from post office, a few blocks south of Imadegawa-dori, in a striking modern 2-story wood building with art gallery. In north Higashiyama , not far from Shinnyodo Temple or the Philosophers' Path, this 12-seat space has a tranquil atmosphere and a friendly , accommodating staff. Reservations are recommended on busy weekends.

Pros: Vegan & exquisite , Reasonable prices, Friendly and relaxing

Cons: Might need to call for a reservation

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