Morpho Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 101 reviews )
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309 Saikachicho (at Kamigyo Ward), Kyoto, Japan

Vegan restaurant on Horikawa-dori at the corner of Kamichojyamachi and on the west side of the Horikawa river canal. Offers a large selection of mains, as well as some cakes and desserts, drinks, and set meals. Closes 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month. Last orders 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Open Mon 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-8:30pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-8:30pm. (Opens 11:45am)

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Raw, Western

101 Reviews

First Review by Jessqi

Filling Vege dishes - Edit

Morpho has a great vibe with wood furnishings and various cubbyholes where guests can have a bit of privacy while talking and enjoying food.
The food is delicious and also enough to be filling, even on an empty stomach.
They also have various take-away desserts such as small cakes etc if you want something for the road.

Pros: Great taste, filling, good atmosphere

Cons: some of the dishes are a bit pricey, not directly in the center. Go by bike or bus

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Amazing!!! - Edit

We came here last night and had the burgers, chocolate cake and the banana caramel pizza (we were starving haha) and it was very good! We were craving burgers and it hit the spot.
Definitely recommend and to visit, also has amazing curries and pizzas. We also had some white wine which was delicious.
The place also has very lovely vibe, and everyone is super lovely! Definitely recommend!!

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lovely place with great food - Edit

this place is amazing, both of the burgers and the banana caramel pizza were delicious and the staff is great. The place is pretty and cozy, I would’ve stayed there the whole day.

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amazing - Edit

In a few words. They gave me the best vegan burger i ever ate. Just like that.
My girlfriend and her mother ate ramen and pizza. Both vegan. Both loved it.
Service was good and could speak english. I recommend this place.
Ah and the dessert was ery good too. We had banana caramel pizza.great!

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Great! - Edit

Had one lunch and one dinner here- fish burger, soya burger, pizza and green curry were the choices, and all excellent! Prices were reasonable, and great to actually get some good choices on a menu! Definitely worth a visit.

Pros: Food was great, and good variety.

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Great food - Edit

Had dinner here while in Kyoto. Easy to find on the main road about 1km up from Nijo-jo Castle. The soy cutlets were delicious and my mum had a fabulous looking burger. Service was friendly and swift.

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Great place! - Edit

I had the soy meat burger and it was really tasty. Service was also very friendly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you're looking for a vegan place in Kyoto.

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nice! - Edit

So good place, nice people and better food. It's delicious

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Best Soy Meat ever - Edit

I was there 4 times in my 5 days of Kyoto and it has a reason, all I ate was so delicios, if I come ever back to Kyōto I hope this Café will be there to give me a good Dinner.

Pros: good Soy Meat, delicios Curry noodle, very good ramen

Cons: none

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The hero we need but don't deserve - Edit

MORPHO! He doesn't do it for the glory or the fame, he'll cook on knowing no one knows his name - MORPHO! He doesn't need voices or applause, he'll blow your mind even without the world watching.

Pros: The fish burger, the parfait, the service, the kin

Cons: Not open 24/7. Check his website for days closed.

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Cool place - Edit

I really like this one. Not only it's quite close to my flat, it is also comfy and reasonably priced. I mainly come for the vegan ramen, but the pizza is nice as well. Owner also speaks english and there's an english menu available as well for non-japanese speakers. If there's more than 3-4 of you coming, you need to book a table (there's only one table that's big enough)

Pros: price, nice food

Cons: a bit tiny

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Delicious Food at a good price - Edit

This place offers delicious food at a very good price. Service speaks english and I highly recommend going there.

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Lugar excelente. Insuperable. - Edit

La comida estaba buenísima. El lugar muy agradable. El camarero muy amigable. El precio muy barato. Para repetir muchas veces.

Pros: Comida excelente., Barato., Buen trato.

Cons: Nada

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Amazing food - Edit

This was one of my favourite places I visited in Kyoto. I had the ramen, chocolate dessert and beer. They were all fantastic. Full of flavour and filling. The chef was great! A must go.

Pros: Delicious!

Cons: None!

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Best vegan place in Japan - Edit

Excellent original food that is based on traditional dishes. In Japan it can be hard to find vegan food that is not western inspired or macrobiotic. A lot of places are focused on avoiding sugars and being all organic. However this place was a refreshing experience all the way. Incredibly nice staff, amazing tasting food with a lot of variety that soothes your palates. If you happen to be in Kyoto this is the place to go to!

Pros: Food, Quality, Friendly staff

Cons: Distance from the center

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Get the vegan fish burger - Edit

This is the kind of place that makes you daydream about starting your own vegan joint someday, but then you wake up and realize you'll never make a vegan fish burger this good. Tasty food, nice atmosphere, friendly chef. Top notch! EDIT: Went back again and had the best pizza in a looong time.

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Excellent food - Edit

Had the set menu and I was not disappointed. Excellent variation and flavours.
Also tried the fish burger and curry noodles, all great!

(Although take note that they do not offer them in English and are reluctant to serve them to westeners because they were offended by some westeners which did not finish their plates ;) )

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Still the best - Edit

I went there for the second time (the previous one was three years ago) and it was totally worth it. Maybe the best vegan burgers I ever ate.
There is an English menu available, the owner also speaks English, so no problems concerning communication.
What else there is to say? Just go there and enjoy a delicious meal.
Oh, and since it is always raining when I visit Kyoto, there are roofings nearby in case you are there too early, because you can't await the tasty experience.

Pros: Delicious, Variety of meals, Quite easy to find

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Awesome vegan food - Edit

Very cosy restaurant with a very nice and friendly owner. The food is absolutely delicious and one of the best we had in Japan! Portion size and price is also very good as well as the quality of the ingredients. Would strongly recommend this place!

Cons: None

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Perfection in every single meal - Edit

I are there many times in a row. And every single dish was delicious. My favourite remains the curry ramen served only after 5 pm.

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Delicious and really affordable - Edit

Cozy little cafe with lots of different food options (rice based, burgers, pizza, and even vegan ramen) also different sweet optionslike banana pizza or chocolate cake.

The prices are mostly around the 900 yen, which is pretty reasonable.

I had rice with avocado, tomato and natto and it was delicious. Portion was not really big but you can order it bigger for 200 yen extra.

Pros: Tasty, all vegan, cheap

Cons: It's a bit small so on busy days call in advance

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Delicious and affordable vegan comfort food - Edit

Morpho Cafe is definitely one of my favorite spots to hang out while enjoying some of the most affordable, filling and delicious food in Kyoto. There are so many things I love from their menu but the vegan fish burger and vegan plates are the best in my opinion! They also have decadent cakes and parfaits. Owner speaks English and is super nice. Service is usually quite fast even though there are only two people working in the cafe. Absolutely a must-go if you're visiting Kyoto!

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-25

Pros: Delicious food with reasonable prices, Cozy vibes, Friendly owner

Cons: Some food might be a little greasy and salty

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Stunning faux fish burger - Edit

Lovely vibe inside, very cute interior. Kind English speaking owner was careful to warn us up the ramen having peanuts. Had the faux fish burger which was quite possibly the best vegan burger I've ever had. Also came with a salad and chips which seemed amazing at 900 yen. You definitely can't go wrong with this place.

Pros: Incredible faux fish burger, Very well priced, Kind staff

Cons: Very small, so easy to miss out when busy

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Wow - Edit

This little cafe fulfilled all my vegan cravings and it was the first time I had been full in Japan (after the distinct lack of vegan food in Tokyo)! The service was great and the food was delicious and crazily affordable! We sampled both burgers and my friend said her fish burger was the best vegan burger she has ever had. Nothing could beat however the banana caramel pizza which we halved for dessert and was truly scrumptious, I highly recommend it!

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great find - Edit

This completely vegan cafe has some nice things on offer for lunch. I shared a burger and cutlet/rice menu, both were really good! The owner was friendly and made sure we had water whenever we wanted. Wish they would serve the ramen for lunch as well, will have to come back for dinner!

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Recommended - Edit

I had a very good set lunch at Morpho Café. I went for a japanese option rather than the burgers and was very satisfied. It was tasteful!
The place itself is quite nice.
If you are visiting the Castle or the Imperial palace, Morpho Café should be on your itinerary.

Pros: Tasty, Atmosphere, Good value

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great vegan food - Edit

I've eaten there two times during my stay in Kyoto. Great vegan food, very delicious, best ramen of my japan vacation! Burgers are very tasty too. Great staff who understand english. Very recommanded for vegetarians and vegans.

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