Mimikou

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Est. 1969, this udon restaurant has a separate English vegetarian menu. Location is at Japan, 〒605-0074 京都府京都市 東山区祇園町南側528−6. The menu explains that the vegetarian udon is not made with dashi, the Japanese traditional soup made of kelp and fish. There are four different options. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon 11:30am-8:30pm, Tue 11:30am-4:00pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am-8:30pm. Last orders 30 minutes before closing.

Categories: Japanese, Non-veg

30 Reviews

First Review by JanMar

delicious udon - Edit

Serves both vegan and non vegan.
Delicious Kitsune udon

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amazing udon, helpful staff! - Edit

This udon was amazing! They have a full vegetarian menu (free of animal products, but has options where you can add eggs etc) but a decent amount of vegan options! Was so excited to have udon with soup as I’ve been eating cold udon salads in the middle of winter here as most broths have fish. Would highly recommend.

Pros: animal free udon soup! , delicious

Cons: out of our way but worth it

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Great for vegans and others! - Edit

Staff is very nice and they speak English. English menu available. They showed us both veg and non-veg menus. The food was tasty and satisfying. I do recommend!

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Great Vegan Options! - Edit

Curry noodles were delicious. Clear English menu that states no animal products used!!

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Solid option - Edit

I really enjoyed the noodles here and the choices of spice mixes. The only reason I’m not giving this place a higher rating is because I have eaten at better places in Kyoto since then but when I left this place I was very happy and satisfied. I recommend eating there if you are in the area.

Pros: A few vegan options, Choice of spice mixes

Cons: Plain ambiance

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Delicious - Edit

Very cosy restaurant, the staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is delicious! This was a great choice for myself and my partner (who is non vegetarian) to eat as it accommodates to both of us. I had the vege tempura curry donburi and it was amazing!

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Delicious! - Edit

Cute little surprise right next to the busy gion area. The udon was absolutely delicious and affordable.

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Yum - Edit

Great vegan options in a restaurant also serving meat. Handed us a guide to vegan establishments in Kyoto which is super handy. Make this your first stop if staying a few days!

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Great Curry Ramen - Edit

The restaurant specified that the sauce they used in the Vegetarian dishes contained no fish (as it often does in Japan) and they had a vegetarian specific menu containing a number of choices for the vegetarians in our party. The curry udon noodles were amazing and everyone really enjoyed their food. Service was friendly and they had English menus which we found very helpful. Highly recommend a visit if you are in Kyoto (vegetarian or not) and would have rated 5 stars if Happy Cow would have allowed it.

Pros: Great value for money, Good portions, Excellent food

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great curry udon (5 stars) - Edit

I love the curry udon here.

They have an English menu with carefully specified vegan options.

Highly recommended!

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Top notch - Edit

Really tasty udon tempura dish. Fast service and good value.

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great place, free veg-map! - Edit

Great authentic noodle dishes (udon ramen). They gave us a free map with vegan options in kyoto! (More or less matches happy cow)

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delicious - Edit

A delight. Prompt service, soba noodle bowls w tasty broths & their spice condiments enhance to your liking. Curry w/fried tofu pieces is our favorite. English menus & speaker available.

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great food - Edit

I had a vegetable tempura curry udon and it was delicious. They have a separate veg menu that states no fish or meat is in the udon sauce. Menus are in English too. Think we will be returning!

Pros: clear English veg menu, English speaking staff, Delicious food

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Good udon, does what it says on the tin - Edit

We came here hoping for a steaming bowl of udon with inari, and that's exactly what we got. There aren’t many tables, and by the time we left there was a bit of a queue - they encourage a fast turnaround though so I don't imagine the wait would be too long.

Food-wise there were more options than I was expecting, with standard udon & 2 different inari options, plus curry, ramen and rice bowls. We both plumped for curried udon bowls, one with the big seasoned inari the other with unseasoned shredded inari. We were able to choose what spice level for the curry too.

The food came swiftly, accompanied by paper bibs for messy eaters. 2 bowls of hearty curry udon ordered, 2 bowls of hearty curry udon received and slurped as soon as they had cooled enough. It's not Michelin star cuisine but it's jolly good for a quick bite.

English vegan menus were given to us as we sat down so ordering was a doddle. If you're in the mood for Japanese comfort food this is the place.

Pros: Good, clear vegan options. Solid Japanese udon.

Cons: Not for lingering

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Nice food-separate veggie menu - Edit

Separate vegetarian menu and they clearly understand what vegetarian means. They make their own dashi without fish. Overall a good choice for something quick to eat when you've had a long day. Udon tempura has a lovely flavour. Tofu rice curry is tasty enough.

Pros: Separate veggie menu

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delicious vegan udon soup - Edit

very good vegan option in traditional japanese food (udon soup) love it.

Pros: very good vegan options

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Excellent - Edit

This resaurant offers nine really great vegan options! The vegetarian menu ist described as vegan ("all of the items on the vegetarian menu are completely free of animal products"). The curry soups and the vegetable tempura are really delicious! Really worth it!

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Delicious curry udon - Edit

Perfect for me and my husband as they serve meat and vegetarian/vegan dishes. I had curry udon for the first time, which is hard to find in Japan if you don't eat meat.

They have 4 vegetarian options, which in Japan is a large selection (if you're not at a vegan/vegetarian restaurant). This is mentioned on a sign outside, and once you go in, ask for the veggie menu, which is in English so it's easy to understand. The curry udon was warm, satisfying and delicious, and my favourite meal of the trip! Husband enjoyed his regular udon as well.

Like many restaurants in Japan, it's quite a small place, so there are signs encouraged you not to hang around once you've finished eating.

It was easy to find, and walking distance from sights in Southern Higashiyama.

Pros: Delcious curry udon, 4 veggie options , Good prices

Cons: Small restaurant so can get busy

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Fresh and cheap udon, but not worth the wait - Edit

We came here for lunch and had to wait a really long time (perhaps it was due to the touristic season?) before we were seated. The service was impeccable and we didn't wait long to get our orders. We initially came here because it offers vegetarians options (6 of them), and it was extremely well rated, both on Tripadvisor and Happycow.
Two of us ordered vegetarian udon, and although it tasted really fresh, we were quite disappointed. The taste was really bland, and the curry udon was too strong in turmeric. The price was quite cheap though (around 800 JPY).
Overall, it's not bad, but definitely not worth 5 stars!

Pros: Service, Freshness, Relatively cheap

Cons: Bland taste, Very long wait

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Wish i could give these guys 5 stars - Edit

Delicious udon shop in a very convenient location. Staff is kind and courteous and speak English, they have an all vegan menu in English, and the food is so so so so tasty! Sad that i can't give them five stars, they deserve it. Prices are more than reasonable, food comes out fast and as I mentioned is delicious. Great place for authentic Japanese vegan cuisine.

Pros: English speaking staff, English all vegan menu, lo

Cons: They do serve animal products in addition to the v

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Delicious! - Edit

Friendly, English speaking staff. Delicious vegan options.

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Good Veg Udon! - Edit

Recommend for those looking to eat a local meal and still be veg. The Curry Udon was very good, reasonable priced, and filling. Be sure to ask for Vegetarian Udon menu when you sit down- staff is very friendly.

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Nice Udon - Edit

Only 4 options for Vegan/Vegetarians but they were very tasty and quite reasonably priced too. Drinks very cheap too.
Staff were in abit of a rush to have us ordered by 8 and out by 8:30.
Basic meals but terrific flavour!

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Very tasty! - Edit

Nice to have legit Japanese style noodles - most the other vegan places we've been to are western or western fusion. Yummy, affordable lunch/dinner option if sightseeing around around todaiji. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because there's only 4 vegan options, but would definitely return here for another meal. No waiting for us to get a table around 6:30pm on a Friday.

Pros: very tasty, affordable

Cons: limited vegan options

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Really nice - Edit

We had to wait a little bit to get in because it was really busy, but the food was really nice. If you ask for the vegetarian menu, there is an option on there of getting udon with vegetable stock. Worth the wait :)

Pros: Vegetarian menu, English menu, Good food

Cons: Not many options, A bit small, so it can get busy

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Tasty Lunch Option - Edit

Came here for a good late lunch. The wait to be seated was about 15 minutes. I had the curry udon with the smaller tofu pieces, which was flavorful, well portioned, and decently priced at ¥800. I ordered a Coke for ¥300, but it was not worth it because it was such a small portion. The meal included free tea and a pitcher of ice water at the table. Staff spoke little English, but the vegetarian menu was in English so I had no trouble ordering. Location was very convenient to sightseeing. Overall, recommended!

Pros: flavorful, clear English menu, prompt service

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