Kousagisha Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )

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. Closed Mon-Tue.

Category: Vegan, Japanese, Organic

Reviews (5)

First Review by Nancy Cadet

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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