Arash makes sure you are going to have a good time in Kyoto with his great Persian and Indian food
Arash’s Kitchen is a restaurant in Kyoto offering Persian and Indian food just behind Heian Shrine, really close to Kumano Shrine. There are a few reasons why this restaurant stands out from others in Kyoto: the restaurant offers Halal food, which until recently was quite hard to find in Kyoto; the restaurant offers Persian cuisine, which you don’t often see around here. And most of all, the muscular proprietor of the restaurant, Mr. Arash, is a great guy.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is warm but very different from most other restaurants in Kyoto. From the water pipes on display to the neon signs, everywhere you are reminded that this restaurant offers something other than kaiseki cuisine. And maybe because some people want to take a break from all that Japanese fine dining in Kyoto, this restaurant is especially popular among foreign patrons.
Arash’s Special Salad
/ ￥750 (+tax)
This salad carries the name of the restaurant’s owner, and for a good reason. This is one of the nicest salad dishes in Kyoto. You have the juicy tandoori chicken on top of the salad, but you also have the olives and lemon sauce making the tanginess of the lemon work with the sweet, spicy, juicy chicken. You also get some excellent yogurt-based dressing with this salad.
/ ￥1,300 (+tax)
What has one got to do in Kyoto to get a proper kebab? Go to Arash’s Kitchen it would seem. It’s not often you see kebab this authentic served in Japan, or even many countries outside the Middle East. The meat is juicy and nicely spiced, and you even get some salad to go with it. And also some naan bread or rice! What else do you need? Except maybe some falafel…
/ ￥500 (+tax)
Everyone knows this dish, but it’s not often that you get falafels of this quality. Arash’s falafels are crisp on the outside, but soft inside. Just the way they should be. The falafels at Ikea are not going to cut it after you have had these chickpea-balls.
Efes beer from Turkey
/ ￥600 (+tax)
Efes is a pilsner from Turkey. It has a light body, a light amber color, and a refreshing aftertaste. Meaning that it goes really well with the food served at Arash’s Kitchen: the beer doesn’t scream for attention, but rather complements the food. This beer works especially well with the juicy kebab; the beer makes the spicy meat just taste that much better.