Ukishima Garden

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543 Asakura-cho, Nakagyo-ku (at Tomino-koji), Kyoto, Japan, 604-8074

Vegan shojin cuisine restaurant in traditional machiya-style house close to the Nishiki market, since April 2016. Its flagship location is in Okinawa. Features contemporary vegan-meets-Shojin cuisine using organic local vegetables, millet, and prepared condiments like vinegar, miso, and soy sauce. Menu ranges from Japanese Shojin, Italian, and French to Oriental. Selection of wine and sake. Vegan ramen lunches at weekends. Offers a vegan tantan-ramen and gyoza cooking class most Thursdays from 10am to 1pm - check Facebook for exact dates. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Tue 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thu-Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, European, Fusion

53 Reviews

First Review by Timbob

Amazing Japanese vegan food! - Edit

We treated us for the 4 course set meal and it was so worth it and such good value for money! I had the "eel" with sticky soy sauce as main and my partner had the Ramen. Everything on the menu is vegan. The broth is kelp based.
It was such a great experience and the staff are so nice!

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Worth the expense - Edit

After subsisting on limited convenience store foods for a couple days of travel, I can't tell you how nice it was to find comfort in the food and ambience of this restaurant.

We chose the larger of the two tasting menus for dinner. The plating was impeccable and the food was delicious. I enjoyed everything, and was happy to have the description of each plate from our server. The entire staff was female, which was cool!

If it's cold out and you chill easily, try to avoid the back corner booth. You can also choose to sit at the counter and watch the chefs work!

Pros: Delicious, gourmet food , English speaking waitstaff , Impeccable presentation

Cons: Expensive, Cold, especially by the walls in the corner

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fine vegan dining - Edit

Beautiful restaurant in an old house.

The staff are friendly, the service is great and the menu is carefully and well executed.

Highly recommended!

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perfect - Edit

This was our first ever meal in Japan and it was everything I’d hoped for.
The dishes were so simple but clever and the clearly a lot of effort had gone into sourcing the best quality ingredients.
Service was very friendly and cheerful, and the staff had either fluent English or broken English but plenty of willingness to communicate regardless.
It was a great welcome to Kyoto.

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Best food I've ever had! - Edit

It was so good we went there all 3 nights we were in Kyoto. The food was amazing and everyone was so nice! Even my super picky boyfriend, who''s also vegetarian, but usually only eats pizza and mozzarella sticks loved the gyoza! The set course and it was delicious every time!

Pros: Delicious food, Everything on the menu is vegan, No worries about fish both!

Cons: None

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好吃 - Edit

店員英語溝通能力佳
細心貼心食物好吃

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Stylish and tasty - Edit

This stylish and modern restaurant serves great traditional Japanese vegan food, but is quite expensive. We could choose from two course meals or a la carte, and decided to go with a course meal that included appetizer, three tapas, soup, main course and desert. The tapas and soup were a delicious adventure in different flavors. The main course was a ramen in a creamy curry and could've used a little more spice for my taste. Nonetheless, a nice diner in a beautiful place.

Pros: Staff speaks English , Excellent presentation

Cons: Not cheap

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Amazing meal in an amazing city! - Edit

I just had a meal that was so wonderful, I joined this website to review it! From start to finish it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Amazing flavors, presentation, variety, super nice staff and a solid message and intent made for a perfect experience. Eat here.

Pros: Zen food, Special rare flavors and dishes, Environmentally focused

Cons: Price is not low, but it is Japan, A bit hard to find, Make reservations

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magnifique, délicieux, engagé - Edit

Génial ! Tout est délicieux, vegan, pas besoin de haleter avec la carte. C'est bon, c est bio, c'est local, c'est vegan. Le cadre est Canon Amanda ce japonaise avec un twist moderne! (On peut s'attabler au bar design vu sur le mini jardin japonais) le vin est au top !

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Absolutely delicious - Edit

We loved the food here. The ambiente was wonderful, the service personal was gentle and helpful. Our best vegan experience in Kyoto.

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Beautiful, inventive food - Edit

I've had dinner here twice and on both occasions I found the set menus creative, wonderfully tasty, and beautifully presented. They use very fresh, quality ingredients and make everything from scratch. The service is also impeccable. I can't praise this place highly enough.

Pros: Creative set menus, Fresh quality ingredients, Impeccable service

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a great, special place - Edit

We got the dinner set, and each plate introduced a (delicious) flavor we'd never experienced before. They use local vegetables in creative recipes, and great care is taken in every part of the meal. Our experience here was magical.

The price was high ($120 for two) but we felt it was well worth it.

The meal here was very involved and fancy, taking over 2 hours, so be aware of that if you're looking for something more casual.

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Servizio e cibo eccellente, ma molto costoso - Edit

Il ristorante è davvero molto carino e il servizio è impeccabile. La cameriera parla perfettamente inglese e il cibo è davvero ottimo. I prodotti utilizzati sono tutti di grande qualità e i piatti sono ricercati e molto gustosi. Unico neo è veramente molto costoso. Abbiamo speso in due più di 13000 Yen quindi più di 100 euro. Abbiamo scelto i menù fissi e costavano già sui 4000 Yen l'uno. Però per una serata all'insegna del buon cibo è un posto perfetto!

Pros: cibo ottimo e servizio impeccabile

Cons: costoso

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Delicious, nutritious - Edit

A little pricey, but worth it. Tasty, healthy food in an upscale romantic little place. Candles on the table for ambiance. Beautifully presented. Female chefs and staff were a bonus--girl power!! :)

Pros: Great ambiance, Tasty, Healthy

Cons: Pricey, Need reservations

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Amazing inventive menu + excellent service - Edit

We both had the dinner menu which arrived at a nice pace, starting off with 3 different appetizers. I had "eel" for main dish (which in reality was a millet-patty) and my girlfriend had the vegan carbonara. They were both absolutely delicious. The staff spoke fluent English and described every dish with passion. We left feeling grateful to have experienced such a great dinner.

Pros: atmosphere, inventive yet delicious food, professi

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Excellent ! Mais cher ! - Edit

Vraiment excellent, le service et le cadre sont de qualité !

Cons: C'est assez cher par rapport à la quantité !

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truly amazing culinary experience - Edit

We went here with our Japanese friends last night. We ordered 2 tasting menus and they were simply phenomenal. The staff, service, philosophy, non-alcoholic drinks and dishes wowed us from beginning to end. The unagi (eel) was worth a trip 1/2 way around the world. Might be the best vegan meal we have ever had...ever.

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Excellent vegan food in a relaxing atmosphere - Edit

This restaurant serves high quality vegan, organic and regional food with outstanding taste. Therefore you cannot expect a cheap bite here, but the quality is really worth the price. They have an open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs preparing your food in a remarkably relaxed manner. It looks like every dish is freshly cooked and arranged with love. They have an English menu and English speaking staff. The daily menu was in Japanese, but the waiter translated it for me. On my first visit I ate the vegan sushi, which was extremely delicious. As far as I remember, it was the most expensive main course (¥1600). Together with a cake and homemade ginger ale (super good) I payed about ¥4000. On a second visit I ate a set with many courses (maybe 6, I don't remember exactly). Every course was very tasty, but the whole set was too much for me.

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Good Place for a Date : ) - Edit

I was too hungry to make it to my original destination so stopped by here. The pasta was super delicious! I don't usually like pasta.. but I do now! I also got the matcha cheese cake and banana smoothie. The banana smoothie was small and nothing special. I would recommend doing the lunch set meal if you are on a budget, but still want to try this place. The interior is very nice! I enjoyed watching the chefs work and seeing what everyone else ordered. The staff kept me company : )

Pros: unique menu, local ingredients, atmosphere

Cons: high price, if you are not prepared

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Fine dining in beautiful surroundings - Edit

Great hospitality with strong English speaking staff who were very friendly. Staff were well versed in what was in each dish and explained what some of the more exotic ingredients were. We went for the a la carte menu though they do have set menus too. Food was really tasty. Definitely recommend.

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Exquisite - Edit

This was the best meal I've had in a long time. And I've been having some delicious meals recently. I got the Golden Week special lunch. It included a starter with five small servings on a plate. They were a mixture of warm, cold, soft, crunchy, bitter, savoury and sweet. My favourite was their own homemade gomadofu. Which was delicious.

I got the "fish" tempura tendon. The tempura was delicate, the fish disturbingly fishy but still tasty, the sauce delicious and the rice amazing.

The dessert was a chocolate mousse with fresh fruit. It was probably the only part of the meal that was nice rather than amazing.

Overall the meal was refined and delicate so if this is what you are looking for in a meal I recommend it. If it isn't I don't.

The restaurant itself is lovely. Like the food it references traditional Kyoto but is contemporary.

The staff were nice and spoke good English.

Even though it is a bit out of my budget I'll probably go back before I leave Kyoto.

Pros: Delicious!, Lovely atmosphere., Handy location.

Cons: Some people may find the price is out of their bud

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Awesome Ramen! - Edit

It was gluten free too!
The place is very nice and cozy.
Highly recommended!!!

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upscale local vegan cuisine - Edit

This is a lovely little spot offering vegan Japanese dishes. We opted for lunch (only available Fri-Sun) as the prices were a little less and it's the only time they serve vegan ramen.

I made a reservation for Friday afternoon but I think you could also walk-in - it wasn't full. The staff speaks enough English and there are English menus.

We ordered one Set Menu and one Ramen Set. My meat-loving boyfriend wasn't impressed by the ramen, but as a vegetarian, I thought this was far more flavorful than any ramen I have had at a regular ramen shop. The noodles had the right amount of chewiness, the broth was complex with the right amount of spice.

The set menu started with a place of 5 small "salads" - each was unique, tasty, and very simple... they really highlighted the flavour of the ingredients. For my main, I chose the "fish", which was a piece of lightly battered tofu and a separate piece of carrot (resembling a shrimp - ha). Both came with their own sauce and were very good.

I'm not generally a fan of vegan desserts but the chocolate mousse was thick with good flavour.

If you are a vegan/vegetarian, this will be a great way to experience some traditional Japanese dishes without worrying about accidentally eating eating fish.

It's a lovely zen atmosphere with very friendly staff. Credit cards accepted.

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Superb - Edit

Wonderful experience start to finish. The tasting menu was inventive, the food was top notch, and the service was wonderful. The Japanese bar format was delightful and meant we could watch our food being prepared. Go here!

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Delicious! - Edit

Tasty food, great (English speaking) service, nice vibe - highly recommended!

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Overpriced with terrible service, food ok - Edit

I was expecting a lot from this place, we turned up and they said we could sit at the bar (in English when we asked in Japanese) then all of a sudden we can't and have to pay extra for the back room. Should've left then! They then proceeded to ignore us, left the other table uncleared and didn't even bring us water - I had to ask for the tea from the dessert set to be served first to get some liquid after a long walk! Portions are tiny, but the fake fish is really nice, as is the okara hummus, everything else wasn't anything special. Wish we'd gone somewhere else, been vegan in Japan for 10 years and never had any experience as bad as this! Ended up hungry and poor on the walk home, not what you want!

Pros: Good fake fish, Good if you can't speak Japanese

Cons: Expensive, Inattentive staff, Ignoring Japanese to use poor English instead

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Creative vegan food - Edit

I went there alone for dinner, i had the course meal and everything was very good and creative.
The restaurant is very beautiful, Staff members were very friendly and they explained all the dishes.
I bit expensive but recommended!

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-24

Pros: fresh and creative, staff very friendly, location and interior

Cons: a bit pricey

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