CLOSED: Vegenote

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )



604-0002 Kyoto-shi Nakagyou-ku Ebisugawa-douri Muro-machi Higashiiru Kitagawa, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto vegan restaurant. Address in Japanese: 〒604-0002 京都市中京区夷川通室町東入北側. Reported closed to HappyCow.

Category: Vegan, Japanese

Reviews (5)

First Review by solarmoon

Delicious Japanese vegan food - Edit

Of the five nights my husband and I spent in Kyoto (from Australia), we went to Vege Note twice. It is an entirely vegan restaurant, and states so on its menu (it also has a small shop of food products). We got off the South / no.6 exit of Marutamachi station (Karasuma line), which it is very close to, about four stops from Kyoto station on the subway.

There is quite a varied menu of main dishes, but we would highly recommend the set menu A for 2000 yen per person.
It includes about half a dozen small Japanese dishes (which were different the second time we visited), green salad, soup (miso or vegetable - we went for the miso, which was delicious and full of vegetables anyway), bread or rice (we chose the bread, and unexpectedly, it was some of the best bread I've ever had - chewy and slighly toasted) and tea or coffee (soy milk on request). We washed the meal down with beer and (vegan) chocolate cake. Vege Note is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Pros: Easy to get to, Varied set menu, Small shop also

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Yummy but expensive - Edit

Went to Vegenote on our first day in Kyoto, but it was really tricky to find. Luckily, I took the address in Japanese with us and someone showed us the way. The menu was good, and I went for a special of the day which was spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce. There were no accompaniments, but it was filling and tasty. They have a small shop in the entrance with some organic snacks and cereals. I got a packet of pretzel biscuits for a snack.

The food was good, it had a friendly atmosphere and there were a few other Japanese diners, but it was pretty expensive for what it was. The service was quite fast, but I don't think I'd go back because there are so many other fantastic veggie options in Kyoto, with better prices.

Pros: Good, nutricious and fresh food, An organic shop, Good service

Cons: Hard to find, Expensive

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Good food, poor value - Edit

After being stuffed to the gills at Sunny Place, Mikoan and Cafe Proverbs 15:17 we were sadly disappointed by dinner at Vegenote. Our meal came to 3100 yen with two entrees, a pint and desert. While this kind of price isn't unexpected in Japan, it's the portions that dragged Vegenote down in our book. Today's obanzai at 900 yen was three small piles of what would have been side dishes or appetizers at some of the aforementioned locations. I guess we were just spoiled on some of the other vegan options in Kyoto, where 2000 yen leaves you feeling like you are about to burst, because the food at Vegenote was very good, just not very filling.

Oh, and there are English menus, but the staff seemed unsure of our selections even when pointing to them.

Pros: good food, easy to find , english menus

Cons: small portions, dinner is a bit pricey

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The Best in Kyoto? - Edit

Tasty and creative vegan food, not your typical brown rice with tofu steak and green salad. And the portions are not small.
The lunch menu was available only in Japanese (880yen), but I guess you can just safely go for the "obanzai iro iro" set. Add 300yen extra if you want organic coffee or tea.
There is also Soup set, as well as sweets and organic juices.

For the dinner, they have some sort of English menu, but as someone informed before, it gets around 1500-2000yen per person.

Pros: Creative, Tasty, Good value

Cons: No Lunch-time English Menu

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Very tasty food, but no English Menus - Edit

The restaurant is near the south end of Marutamachi Subway station. Exit through door 6, take a right, and then turn right (toward the west) on the first alley you see. Go about two mini-blocks down the alley and Vegenote will be on your right.

The place has very friendly staff, but no English menu and no pictures. We just trusted the staff to pick dishes for us after showing them a card with our dietary restrictions written in Japanese. They chose a very nice sampler platter (with miso + fruits + tea + rice). It came to 2K yen per person, so it isn't cheap, but it ain't super pricey either!

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