Inoda Coffee

Inoda is one of Kyoto's long-established coffee chains, and has several outposts dotted around the city, but the cafe and shop on Sanjo Street is a treat, with its space to seat ratio in the region of 10 to 1. It's all quite old-world and ...

Savory

Restaurants tend not to encourage you to play games while you eat. Customers usually pay for a solemn experience that includes an unwritten rule: The more expensive the meal, the more solemn the experience. That being said, here's a game you should indulge in at ...

Tempura Matsu

Spring is here, and Kyoto is calling us. The old capital is ablaze with blossom, fresh foliage and the exhilaration that winter is over. This is a magical time of year — not just for sightseeing, but for eating out, too, with all the ...

Gion Nishikawa

Spring is here, and Kyoto is calling us. The old capital is ablaze with blossom, fresh foliage and the exhilaration that winter is over. This is a magical time of year — not just for sightseeing, but for eating out, too, with all the ...

Hyotei

Spring is here, and Kyoto is calling us. The old capital is ablaze with blossom, fresh foliage and the exhilaration that winter is over. This is a magical time of year — not just for sightseeing, but for eating out, too, with all the ...

58 Diner

In recent times, Japan has offered up a noteworthy list of burgers, with the newest additions being Burger King's "Kuro Burger," followed by a similar version at McDonald's (unsurprising given that one thing you could never accuse either company of is true originality). Here's ...

Grand Kitchen Tada

The centerpiece of lunch at Grand Kitchen Tada is a blackened hot stone — as black as squid ink — upon which thin slices of wagyu beef fry. The meat is still sizzling as the server places the tray down, with a warning that ...

Qu’il Fait Bon

I would like to go back to Qu'il Fait Bon on Valentine's Day, but I think humans would sooner live on Mars before I'd secure a table there on that occasion. On a recent midweek visit, however, at two in the afternoon it was a ...

Awomb

Before getting into Awomb, a few observations on queues and queuing. Or, in American parlance, standing in line (or on line). 1. Nothing turns me off queuing like seeing a queue. 2. Besides staging a crash outside your new shop or restaurant, nothing generates ...

Spice Chamber

Spice Chamber is actually more like a closet, or a long coffin; I wondered while I waited for my curry if I could touch both walls at once. At kappō (counter-style) restaurants, you have to leave your guard down a little. One of the ...