Miyako Yasai Kamo Nasu: All the locally grown vegetables you can eat

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Miyako Yasai Kamo Nasu — a mouthful if ever there was one — is a chain of buffet restaurants offering all-you-can-eat vegetables for breakfast (¥490), lunch (¥880) and dinner (¥1,350).

Various sorts of local, seasonal produce is on offer, including kamonasu (a Kyoto variety of eggplant), pumpkin, turnip, tomatoes and lotus root. Everything being served was grown on nearby farms in Kyoto, hence the “Miyako” in the name, which is another way to refer to Kyoto.

There are lots of dressing options, including yuzu (Japanese citrus) and a creamy onion, for those diners who may need a little extra when it comes to flavor. Bread, toast and udon are available for breakfast, while rice, and noodles and pita bread are offered for lunch and dinner. Miso soup is served for each meal.

There are currently three Miyako Yasai restaurants in Kyoto and they are busy throughout the day. The two centrally located restaurants are smaller; for those with kids the restaurant close to the Kyoto Aquarium is a better option as they have a tatami seating area. If you’re staying in Kyoto and want a healthy alternative to breakfast or lunch at your hotel, this is a great option.