Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
I have introducedTop 5 best Kaiseki in Kyoto!Enjoy Japan’s traditional meal!in my blog before.
Most people think of Kaiseki cuisine as being expensive.
It’s true, most Kaiseki dishes cost at least more than 10,000 yen if you want to eat it at dinner time in Kyoto.
But there are some Kaiseki restaurants that provide quality kaiseki cuisine in affordable prices, especially at the lunch time.
This time,I would like to share with you Top 5 best affordable Kaiseki in Kyoto!
Local tells Top 5 best affordable Kaiseki in Kyoto!The restaurants we love
1.Gion Takuma/琢磨 ぎおん白川店Gion Takuma is one of the reasonable restaurant serving a Kaiseki dish in Kyoto.
It is located in Shirakawa-dori street, the small street with the shirakawa river nearby Gionshijo station.
They offer beautiful, good Kaiseki lunch for only 3600 Yen.
Otsukuri-no-moriawase with Awa-shoyu and Hamo-no-tempura (a fried pike conger) are specifically recommended.
Awa-shoyu is a kind of soy bean sauce foaming like bubble. It tastes milder than normal soy bean sauce.
I especially recommend you to visit Gion takuma during cherry blossom season.
You must reserve the table in advance in the tourist season.
Address: 78-3 Sueyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location:５minutes from Keihan Gionshijo station
Closed: No fixed holidays.
Price: Lunch4,000~8,000 yen,Dinner6,000~8,000 yen
Table charge: 10％ of all price in dinner.
Others: You cannot pay by credit cards.
2.Kaiseki Hyoki/懐石 瓢樹Kaiseki Hyoki is one of the one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Kyoto.
It is Michelin-starred restaurant, but you can enjoy Kaiseki lunch for 3,800 yen.
This delicious Kaiseki dishes make the most of the original taste of local ingredients.
Kamonasu-no-dengaku(an eggplant roasted and flavored with sweet soybean paste) and roasted fishes are particularly recommended.
Kaiseki Hyoki is a traditional Japanese house which is Taisyo-period’s architecture designed by Japanese painter, Keinen Imao.
In 2008, its building is registered as the important cultural property.
This traditional Japanese house has several beautiful small gardens.
It would be a great experience for you to have seasonable Kaiseki dishes with this great view.
Address: Nishirokkakucho, Rokkaku Shinmachi-dori Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 8 minutes from Hankyu Karasuma station, 8 minutes from Kyoto subway Karasumaoike station
Open: Lunch 11:00～14:30(L.O.14:00)Dinner17:00～21:00(L.O.19:30)
Closed: Wednesday,the third Tuesday.
Price: Lunch 5,000～6,000 yen,Dinner10,000~15,000yen
The table charge:10％ of the price.
3.Kappo Iimori/割烹いいもりKappo Iimori is located in the back street called Hanamikoji-dori in Gion.
When you go into the entrance, you’ll see the stone pavement to the door.You can enjoy traditional Japanese atmosphere once you step into this restaurant.
Kappo Iimori is a small restaurant run by husband and wife.
They offer a Kaiseki dinner of eight courses for between 6,500 〜10,500 yen.
They serve the seasonal fresh fish and seafood dishes that are caught and landed at Toyama prefecture every morning.
Their parents are fisherman, that is why they can serve high quality dishes for such a affordable price.
If you are looking for a family friendly and comfortable restaurant,Kappo Iimori is the one to visit.
Address: 347-100 Kitagawa, Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
Location: 10 minutes from Keihan Gionshijo station
Open: Lunch 12:00~12:30(L.O.),Dinner 17:30~20:00(L.O.)
Price: Lunch 4,000~5,000yen,Dinner 6,500~10,000yen
Others: You cannot use credit cards.
4.Kyoryori Fujimoto/京料理 藤本Kyoryori Fujimoto was opened in 2008.It is located in the residential area of Kyoto, close to Karasumaoike station and Nijo-dori.
This restaurant was renovated 100 years old Japanese old-style house.When you go into the entrance, you’ll see the stone pavement to the door.
Kyoryori Fujimoto is a Michelin stared restaurant, but they offer the Kaiseki meal at a affordable price.
There are only two kinds of lunch menu:2,900 yen or 5,000 yen(Tax excluded).
Three kinds of dinner menu:5,000yen,7,000yen and 10,000 yen(Tax excluded.)
The food is so delicate and cute,and the container that hold foods are very beautiful.
The volume of each dishes are little compare to other restaurants above,but you’ll fully enjoy their beautiful kaiseki dishes.
Kyoryori fujimoto is a hidden gem Kaiseki style restaurant in Kyoto.Their warm hospitality will make you feel right at home.
A reservation is a must.
Address: 475-10 Ryotonzushicho, Koromonotanadori, 3-jo Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 12 minutes from Hankyu Karasuma station,5minutes from Kyoto subway Karasumaoike station
Price:Lunch 3,000~4,000yen Dinner 10,000~15,000yen
Others: You cannot pay by credit cards.
5.Hachidaime Gihey/八代目儀兵衛Hachidaime Gihey is famous for it’s high-quality rice and one of the most popular Kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto.
Their Special original blend rice are extremely tasty!
Hachidaime Gihey offer the highest Japanese cuisine at a affordable price between 1,000 and 2,000 yen during lunch time.
In addition,you can have rice as much as you want.
You should ask the staff “Gohan no Okawari wo kudasai(Can I have another one?)” if you want to have another bowl of rice.
As you can see the picture above, there is always a long queue outside the door during the lunch time.
I recommend you to put your name on the waiting list in the morning(You must come back 10 minutes before 11 a.m in this case) or make a reservation by phone in advance.
Enjoy the best rice in your life at Hachidaime Gihey!
Address: 296 Gionma-chi Kitagawa Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
Location: 8 minutes from Keihan Gionshijo station(In front of Yasaka shrine)
Open Hour:Lunch 11:00～14：30,Dinner 18:00～21：00（L.O.)
Price :Lunch 1000〜2000 yen,Dinner 6,000～8,000yen
I made this “affordable Kaiseki restaurants list” wishing that foreign tourists can enjoy traditional Japanese Kaiseki dish at a affordable price.
Most Kaiseki dinner menu costs more than 10,000 yen.Locals go these high-end Kaiseki restaurants for special occasions such as birthday or anniversary.
People in the Kansai region (me included) say
“When your meal is expensive, you know the food must be delicious. but it’s always the best to have affordable price for the delicious meal.”
These restaurants above are the one where local love.
I hope you enjoy Kaiseki meal in Kyoto at a affordable price!
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