Serves meat, vegan options available. Ask for vegetarian udon. The soups on the menu contain fish, but staff is familiar with vegetarian food (say "no meat, no fish") and will leave out the fish broth. The noodles are freshly made. Also offers vegetable tempura though maybe cooked in shared fryer. Open Tue-Thu 11:30am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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16 Reviews

First Review by Lyloox


Points +41

16 Sep 2023

Very good vegan tempura

A lot of vegan choice with soup udon (hot or cold)

Pros: Tempura, Udon

Cons: Narrow and small place



Points +412

01 Jul 2023

Amazing tempura

This place is such an authentic lunch stop. You sit on a high table watching the chefs cook and then they hand you your food.
There were 3 options when we went. The udon soup was so lovely and there are spices on the table if you want to add more flavour.
The tempura Vegtable were amazing and the onion version was like a baji.
We didn't try, but there was also a vegan miso.
Clearly labeled vegan dipping sauces as well.
Bit of a queue to get in but so worth it.

Pros: Great vegan options, Authentic , Lovely staff

Cons: Little bit of a queue


Points +26

09 Jun 2023

insane green onion tempura

We opted to go here instead of Omen for udon bc of the cheaper prices and got the tempura set (mixed veg & green onion) which came with a bowl of udon (huge portions for cheap) → the udon was alright, the vegetable tempura was great, and the green onion tempura was life changing. still thinking about her


Points +61

22 May 2023

Amazing Tempura

2 options of vegan Tempura: a mix of vegetables and green onion Tempura.
Ask for the noodles if ther are vegan, I had the Ki-Jyoyu. Great taste, really cheap prizes

Pros: Vegan Tempura, Vegan noodles

Cons: None


Points +620

05 Apr 2023

Yummy tempura

The place is intimate. The servers are very nice. The vegan options are well labeled and so are the various sauces, soy sauce, tempura sauce, curry salt, and spicy pepper powder. We came at 12:30pm and there wasn’t a wait. I suggest the tempura and udon. The vegetable tempura was sweet potato, onion, kelp, egg plant, and Japanese yam.

Updated from previous review on 2023-04-05

Pros: Yummy options


Points +242

15 Mar 2023

Good udon and tempura

It's a small place so I had to wait outside for about 30 mins but yeah, food was great


Points +54

08 Nov 2022

Best tempura I had in Japan

Clear vegan options. Had the udon and tempura. The tempura was delicious.


Points +22

Mostly Veg
02 Oct 2022

Great vegan udon for a decent price

If this app let me give five stars, this one would definitely deserve it. We stumbled upon this shop on our way to Kiyomizu-dera and had the best udon with tenpura yet. The udon broth is tasty and the breading of the tenpura better than any I've eaten before in Japan. Definitely a place to visit if you're looking for moderately-priced lunch/dinner. Compared to vegan udon places we visited so far, this one stood out.

Pros: Good vegan options, Delicious broth , Huge amount of Tenpura


Points +627

10 Apr 2022




Points +544

12 Nov 2021

Chewy noodles

Best udon in Japan so far. The noodles are nice and chewy and cooked to perfection. The vegan broth was also really good and had extra veggies in it (mainly mushrooms). Staff was also nice and when they first accidentally gave me the non-vegan broth, they apologised and exchanged it, no hassle required.

Pros: Good quality, cheap food, Central location

Cons: Could be more vegan toppings


Points +51

24 Oct 2021

Fresh, affordable, convenient

Tae and Nori (sisters who work there) showed me they have separate batter bowls for vegan tempura and use separate oil for frying as well. Cost is low relative to udon and tempura in the area. 1210 for udon and 6 vegetable tempura dinner set and 990 for lunch. It's about a 3min walk from gion shijo station. The owner wants to make the place friendly and comfortable so keeps his rates low, all signage is Japanese/English. They understand vegan and vegetarian are different (with vegan being no animal products but it seems maybe some pescetarians have said they were "vegetarian" and shrimp/fish is ok). Either way the vegan menu is vegan!

Pros: Affordable & convenient , Delicious handmade noodles, Fresh tempura


Points +106

21 Aug 2021

Homemade Udon

The hot udon was really yummy and the tempura was also delicious. I like the tempura because there was a variety of vegetables.

Pros: Homemade Udon


Points +811

09 Nov 2020

You have to eat here!

I ordered the vegan udon and tempura, and it was some of the best I have had in Japan. So easy to order vegan at this restaurant.

Pros: Reasonable prices , Great vegan options


Points +50

Mostly Veg
12 Feb 2020

Vegan udon (vegan udon soup )

So cosy udon restrant.
The udon soup is made from a kelp.
The oil, for the tempura, separates for vegetable and sea food and chicken.

Pros: Oriental vegan friendly too.


Points +56

02 Dec 2019

Delicious Homemade Udon

These homemade (vegan) udon noodles hit the spot. The pickled vegetables were great, too. Loved that we could easily order vegan/vegetarian noodles without having to explain what they meant--the options were already on the menu. :)

Pros: Homemade Udon, Nice, Cozy Atmosphere, Vegan/Vegetarian Available Without Explanation


Points +133

14 Sep 2019

Great quality and price!

The Udon are homemade and really good. I also find it very cheap for the quantity & quality (the normal portion is fulfilling, the large portion worth if you are really hungry).

Also, it's nice to not see meat everywhere - the only non-vegan things on the Udon menu are eggs. If you close your eyes on the fishy options in the tempura menu, there is a lot of vegan ones : onions, potatoes, squash, aubergine.

If you love Udon noodles, don't hesitate and go for it😄

Pros: Every Udon dish can be made vegan for free, Udons are really good

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