Otera House - Shojin Cafe Waka

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    ( 8 reviews )

Shimokyoku, Ynaginobamba, Bukkojisagaru, Shinkaicho 397-9, Kyoto, Japan

A small house converted into a restaurant, at 京都市下京区新開町397-9, close to the Bukkoji Temple. Serves a fixed menu with all vegan dishes; only the cake set contains eggs and milk. Open for lunch. For groups of more than three, or if ordering the lunch box, a phone reservation is desired. Menu varies but includes a lunch (four small vegan dishes with rice), take-away lunch box, organic coffee or tea, Hojicha (roaster green tea) and cake set. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Wed-Sat 11:30am-5:00pm. Last order taken at 4:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Take-out

8 Reviews

First Review by Ayane

delicious and affordable - Edit

grabbed a quick boxed lunch - was ¥600 and fresh and delicious. total thumbs up. will definitely go again.

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Cute place - Edit

We went for lunch once. The cafe is cute and service was friendly. The lunchset was delicious (especially the mock meat) but I didn't like some of the side mushroom loaded side dishes (I hate mushrooms haha). There were many Japanese guests. We noticed that the guests who came after us couldn't get any more food as it was sold out (we came at around 1pm).
The price is good but we weren't overly full after lunch.
It's a good spot to visit and a nice experience overall!

PS: there's a mega cute Shiba Inu in the garden across from the Café. He was super playful and cuddly!

Pros: mostly vegan, good mock meat, good price

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Recommend!!! - Edit

The food is nice and the atmosphere also!

5 star!!

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great lunchboxes! - Edit

I still don't understand why take away food seems to be cheaper than eating the food in the restaurant but it's the case here aswell. Take a lunchbox and save 250 yen. Very tasty and good value!

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-25

Pros: good value, tasty

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Good value - Edit

Visited for lunch. Open wed-saturday for lunch. Delicious food with moderate portions. Rice+soup+4 items for 850 JPY.
Will last for say 3-4 hours but I didn't feel full with the meal. But it was worth the price.

Also, they give bento boxes of the same for takeout at only 500 JPY which you cannot find anywhere else to my knowledge. Choice is limited as there is only the set meal but that shouldn't be an issue if you are planning to eat traditional Japanese food.

Cozy place with two tables and a couple of sofas with tables and seating at the counter. Think can accommodate around 15 persons in total.

Pros: Value for money, Delicious food

Cons: Moderate portions

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good value and delicious - Edit

Very cheap for what we ate. good food, and nice concept. the miso alone was worth going for.

Cons: Need to brush up on your kanji before going, to u.

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Lovely lunch spot--my favorite in Kyoto - Edit

Location: midway between Shijo & Gojo stations, easy walking distance from Gion or the Nishiki market, this sleek and airy cafe is on a short block between Yanagibaba-dori & Takakura-dori, beside the very large Bukkoji temple complex. There is a sign outside "Shojin Cafe Waka."

Ambiance & menu: The cafe is open Weds-Sat , 11:30-5:00 for organic coffee, tea, cake and a vegan lunch special. Mine was delicious --the best Japanese home cooking style vegan lunch I've had in Kyoto (1000 yen). The friendly owner is bilingual and there is an English menu. Portions were moderate to generous and each dish had seasonal vegetables and a distinctive taste:pickles and glass noodles , squash and tomatoes, spring roll with tofu, miso soup with eggplant.

Pros: Vegan, Inexpensive, Tranquil attractive space

Cons: Last order 4:30PM

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Friendly and bright atmosphere - Edit

The place is used as a gallery and a café. The menu is short, with just one meal and some cakes, but it's delicious and healthy food. They call it Shôjin-ryōri, which means that it is buddhistic food, which monks ate some time ago, because it doesn't contain any animal products. Well, they seem to use egg in their meal. So I was told by a friend who occasionally eats there, that it's actually not real Shôjin-ryōri.
But anyway it's tasty and when you call them 30 minutes in advance they prepare a bento (lunch box) for you.

Pros: Bright atmosphere , Nice construction of the inside

Cons: Just one choice of meal

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