Enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at Bifu Tainan in a traditional Kyoto machiya townhouse
Close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, by the intersection of Kawaramachi and Marutamachi streets, you’ll find a Taiwanese restaurant run by a Japanese couple, offering authentic cuisine from the island also known as Formosa. The restaurateur started running a Taiwanese restaurant because he wanted to offer the Taiwanese people living in Kyoto a chance to enjoy authentic Taiwanese food in Kyoto. This is why almost everything in the restaurant is Taiwanese, from the vintage posters, books, and figurines all the way to the tablecloths, which are in the style of the Hakka people of Taiwan.
At Bifu Tainan you can enjoy such Taiwanese classics as lu rou fan (braised pork belly rice bowl), Taiwanese fried pork cutlet bento boxes, and the Taiwanese dessert douhua, also known as tofu pudding. This restaurant is not only popular among Taiwanese people who want to have something that reminds them of home, but it has also become popular among the locals too. For dinner, they also offer Taiwanese popcorn chicken, so if you want to try this famed taste of Taiwan’s night markets, be sure to visit Bifu Tainan!