Gion & Kiyomizu Temple GyozaJan. 15, 2016 UPDATE
Lightly flavored, bite size dumplings packed full of Napa cabbage


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Senmonten is a restaurant located in Gion that specializes in dumplings. The restaurant's clean interior has both counter and table seating. The dumplings are characterized by their small size meaning they can be eaten in one bite. Also, the filling contains more napa cabbage than meat giving them a light flavor. Their skins are thin with a crispy texture. I know some people can be concerned about the smell of dumplings seeing as they contain garlic, but at Senmonten, no raw garlic is used. The ...moredumplings have no strong smell and are popular with women.
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Because the dumplings are small and light-tasting, they are a hit with women! They also have body which makes them filling, too. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and is a good place to have fun with friends. Late in the evening, people that have been drinking in the Gion area also often visit the restaurant before heading home. Dumplings are also available to take out, so you can eat them in somewhere like the park as well.
Meat Dumpling
1Must Eat !
Meat Dumpling / 5pieces│¥530
Bite size dumplings made from beef, pork, napa cabbage, and leek. The sweetness of napa cabbage and umami of meat are balanced perfectly to give a light flavor. They don't lie heavy on the stomach or have a strong garlicky smell. You make the dipping sauce yourself by mixing the soy sauce, vinegar, and chili oil available at the table. I recommend eating them after dipping them lightly in the sauce.
Rice ball
2Must Eat !
Rice ball / 10pieces│¥650
These are rice shaped into bite size balls. They are the right size to pick up and eat with your hands. They use the perfect amount of salt and are topped with fragrant sesame seeds. Dipping them lightly in the dumpling sauce is also a delicious way to enjoy them.
Cucumber Pickles
3Let's Try !
Cucumber Pickles / ¥290
Fresh, juicy cucumber pickles makes for an exquisite dish. Modestly salted, these pickles go well with meat dumplings, rice, and beer. They are ideal for when you want to refresh your palate.
Bottle Beer
4Let's Try !
Bottle Beer / ¥580
If you like beer, I strong recommend you to try a bottle of Japanese beer together with your dumplings. The full-bodied flavor of beer compliments the dumplings and makes their delicious flavor even more pronounced.
*The 2 brands available are Asahi and Kirin. The beer in the photo is Kirin.
*Draft beer is also available. (Small ¥450/Medium ¥580)
How to Order & Eat
Senmonten How to Order & Eat
English and Chinese menus are available. If you want to fill yourself, I recommend you to order rice or rice balls with your dumplings. If you are not too hungry and want to enjoy drinking, try ordering something like beer or Japanese sake from the drinks menu.

Senmonten How to Order & Eat
English instructions on mixing dumpling dipping sauce are also available.
- Order Tips -
In addition to Meat Dumpling, Shiso Dumpling which use Green beefsteak plant are also offered. When you visit the restaurant in a group, it's a good idea order both Meat Dumpling and Shiso Dumpling to share.
Senmonten Appearance Photo
Categories Gyoza
Phone +81 75-532-0820
Address 1F, 380-3, Kiyomotocho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0084, Japan
Directions 6-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Station.
9-minute walk from Hankyu Line Kawaramachi Station.
Hours Mon-Fri
Sat and the days before National Holidays
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Sun, National Holidays
Notes 6pm-8pm tends to be busy. Usually gets quiet around 10pm.
Price range
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¥1,500 - ¥2,000
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English and Chinese menus available. English instructions on mixing dumpling dipping sauce are also available.
Menu English, Chinese
Languages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 20 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Senmonten +81 75-532-0820 ¥1,500 - ¥2,000 3/3

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