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Old Sep 12, 17, 2:08 pm   #151
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Pick up the Kyoto Michelin guide and you will be in excellent hands
Obviously those are great options. Yet we don't want to only hit Michelin restaurants. It's always nice for us to have a more casual or simple meal or two between fancier options.
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Obviously those are great options. Yet we don't want to only hit Michelin restaurants. It's always nice for us to have a more casual or simple meal or two between fancier options.
But the Asian city guides are great just because of that. You have a vast selection of different quality and comfortability restaurant options. In fact the book made a world of difference between Tokyo and Kyoto visits on a trip years ago - the Tokyo guide had just come out and the Kyoto guide came out a year later. While Kyoto is considered a foodie paradise, without the book and as a first time visitor to Japan (which I'm sure you're not) it was impossible to find a memorable restaurant. Tokyo, on the other, was epic from start to finish much because of the guide.
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Obviously those are great options. Yet we don't want to only hit Michelin restaurants. It's always nice for us to have a more casual or simple meal or two between fancier options.
There is a small tofu restaurant walking distance from Suiran, just a little bit west. Reservations are required. When we went there last December, we were turned away at the door due to lack of reservations. I would recommend asking Suiran's concierge to help you with this. https://tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260403/26003826/
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There is a small tofu restaurant walking distance from Suiran, just a little bit west. Reservations are required. When we went there last December, we were turned away at the door due to lack of reservations. I would recommend asking Suiran's concierge to help you with this. https://tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260403/26003826/
That one's already on our list...even though tofu terrifies me. YOLO

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Old Sep 12, 17, 5:47 pm   #155
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That one's already on our list...even though tofu terrifies me. YOLO

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I love the tofu skins with wasabi. YUM!
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Had some of the best steak I've ever had at Otsuka, which is close to the Suiran.
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If anyone likes Star Wars and wants to see the temple on the 10 yen coin! It's not in Kyoto proper though but Uji (very close by).


Star Wars folding screen at the Byodo-in
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Obviously those are great options. Yet we don't want to only hit Michelin restaurants. It's always nice for us to have a more casual or simple meal or two between fancier options.
Marbled wagyu steak with a glass of red served in an open Kyoto kitchen . Very quaint butcher shop transformed into a restaurant. Kyoto classy enough but not stifling like some of those 3* places.

Hafuu Honten

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Old Sep 14, 17, 6:26 am   #159
  
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If you are into beef, I highly recommend Miyoshi. They serve amazing beef omakase dinner over here. Whenever I hit kyoto, I will always try to get a reservation here.

https://s.tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260301/26002222/

I like Hachikian for Oyako Don, simple comfort food. They have a branch in Takashimaya.
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