Momi Cafe

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    ( 3 reviews )

15 Saganisonin Monzen Kitachuincho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. A small, one-owner operated cafe serving a set lunch and other snacks for tea. Has a temple style vegetarian set (Shyojin Ryori) for lunch. No English menu -- just tell the owner you want a vegetarian set or Shyojin Ryori set. Vegans to enquire - please send updates. Location is 200m from the west entrance of Seiryō-ji temple. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Japanese, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by LaiNamKhim

Not vegan nor vegetarian! - Edit

It wasn't vegetarian nor vegan when I went. The supposedly shojin ryori food contained katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) and she used katsuo dashi (fish stock) too and egg in the croquette. She would not serve without that. I gave much of the fishy stuff to a cat outside (like the bonito flakes).

Cons: Not vegan nor vegetarian

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not vegetarian - Edit

They use fish (dashi) so the vegetables are not vegetarian. The croquettes contain egg. She can't leave anything out.

Cons: not vegetarian, no exceptions

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Inexpensive temple style vegetarian set - Edit

There aren't any vegetarian places in Arashiyama area listed in Happy Cow except for a few restaurants operated by the temples that offer temple style vegetarian meals costing more than 5000Y.

But Momi Cafe serves a small simple temple style lunch set for just 1350Y.

It is a bit of a walking from the Arashiyama train stations, but if you are exploring the temples in the northen part of Arashiyama, then this is a good stop for lunch.

It is small place run by just the owner. The cafe has a simple white decor and has a nice ambiance which makes it a nice stop for a cold drink as well. The cafe overlooks a small garden with a maple tree that will be nice in fall.

There was no English menu -- just tell the owner you want the vegetarian lunch set or the "shyojin ryori" set. The set is available daily, but it's the same everyday.

The set consists of various small little items that are traditional Japanese dishes and pickles. The dishes are simple and flavours subtle. The cold tofu was very nice as it was served with a dash of grinded ginger and yuzu (citrus) flavoured soy sauce. I enjoyed it very much.

The cafe also serves some deserts/tea snacks.

The cafe is less than 200M away from the west entrance of Seiryo-ji temple. If you approach from the west, the cafe may looked closed as the main door is hoarded. Just walk up to the door facing the street and you will see the side door.

It is definitely a nice stop for lunch and rest in Arashiyama area.

Pros: inexpensive, nice ambiance, simple and tasty temple style food

Cons: small portions

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