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.
2.Gion KyoRyori Hanasaki/祇園 京料理 花咲Gion KyoRyori Hanasaki is one of the most famous Kaiseki restaurants among locals in Kyoto.
There are many high-end restaurants such as Maruyama, Sasaki and Ifuki in Gion area.
However Gion KyotoRyori Hanasaki offers reasonable priced Kaiseki dish in this area.
There offer 4 kinds of reasonable priced lunch set between 3,800yen and 10,800 yen and 6 kinds of dinner course between 3,800yen and 15,500 yen.(Tax excluded.)
The popular dinner course is Tsuki which is presented with 10 seasonal dishes including an appetizer,sashimi,tempura and dessert.(5,200 yen)
Each dish is beautifully presented like an art.
A private room is available for Kaiseki lunch set at 3,000 yen during the lunch time. (during the night time:8,000 yen.)
There two other sister branches of Gion KyoRyori Hanasaki, one is located near Karasuma station, and the other is near Kodaiji temple.
Menu and prices vary depending on the branch.
3.Tagoto Main Shop/田ごと本店Tagoto Main Shop is conveniently located in the center of Kyoto’s Shijo-Kawaramachi Shopping District in Kyoto.
Tagoto is a traditional kaiseki restaurant with more than 140 years of history and always using carefully selected fresh ingredients to create seasonable dishes.
During the lunch time, you can enjoy reasonable priced Mini Kaiseki(4,000 yen) which changes monthly in order to keep seasonal alterations.
Their Bento(lunch box) dishes are more reasonable starting from 2,000 yen.
They also offer authentic Kyoto style kaiseki dinner courses from 6,300 to 12,600 yen.
You have to make reservation in advance if you want to use a private Japanese style room.
Next,let’s go to a small kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto!
4.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.
Unfortunately they accept reservations for those who cannot speak Japanese only through Hotel concierge.
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!
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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