Authentic Japanese Cuisine by Kyoto and New York Trained Chef
en(燕) is a Japanese restaurant located 5 minutes by foot from Kyoto Station. Its location close to Kyoto Station is ideal as it’s extremely convenient. It even means that you can also come to the restaurant a little early and have a meal before shooting off on the Shinkansen bullet train. The owner of this restaurant was working at Wakuden, a prestigious Japanese restaurant in Kyoto, before going to New York to polish his skills in Japanese cuisine. Dishes are generally served a la carte, but Omakase course menus are also available from 8,000 yen onwards. The cuisine served at en(燕)showcases the originality and sensitivity of the owner while preserving the foundations of Japanese cuisine. The chef incorporates not only fish but also meat in his cooking, and on top of the flavorful soup stock, he also uses sauces which are typical of Western cuisine. The presentation is simple but tastefully done. Come enjoy culinary creations which are the culmination of the chef’s experiences in Kyoto and New York.
Shiizakana Platter
Shiizakana Platter / For two ¥3,600 (+tax) ~
Shiizakana is a Kaiseki course meal. As an addition to the basic menu, this dish goes perfect when paired with alcohol. This course is often served with braised dishes and delicacies. Shiizakana can be ordered a la carte but the Omakase platter, where three dishes of the day are served, is our recommendation. Don’t forget to order the Japanese sake as well, the perfect drink for these dishes. *Clockwise from right: ”Rice Cake Kneaded with Dried Mullet Roe,” “Miso-glazed Fan-Mussel,” “Steamed Hair Crab with Green Dried Seaweed.”
Beef Cutlet with Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
Beef Cutlet with Homemade Worcestershire Sauce / ¥1,800 (+tax)
A fragrant dish of beef steak grilled until rare, then deep-fried. This dish is easy to enjoy for anyone as it’s pre-cut into bite-sized pieces. When you take a bite of the steak, your mouth will overflow with its juices. The balance between the crispy batter and the chewiness of the beef is absolutely mouthwatering. Enjoy the steak with a sweet and slightly sour original Worcestershire sauce. This dish goes perfectly with “Sixpoint” (¥1,000+tax), craft beer from New York. The beer’s bitterness and richness further bring out the flavor of the meat.
Tilefish Urokoyaki
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Tilefish Urokoyaki / ¥1,500 (+tax)
Tilefish is a dish often served in Japanese restaurants in Kyoto. The fish has a light flavor but plumps up when grilled to bring out a refined sweetness. At en(燕), the tilefish is grilled to perfection over a charcoal fire. The restaurant also uses a method of grilling called, Urokoyaki, wherein you grill fish with its scales intact and pour oil over it. The end result is a wonderful crispy texture. Please enjoy with a dash of refreshing Sudachi, a Japanese citrus fruit, if desired.
Soba Noodles with Duck and Kujo Scallion
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Soba Noodles with Duck and Kujo Scallion / ¥1,200 (+tax)
Soba noodles served with flavor-packed duck soup. The highlight of the dish has to be the richness of the high-quality duck fat. You will be pleasantly surprised by the juiciness of the thick cuts of duck meat. Enjoy the duck with some crunchy Kujo scallions too. The bowl of noodles are also topped with a touch of truffle for its aroma.
How to Order

The menu is in Japanese. In addition, none of the staff members including the restaurant owner can speak English fluently. However, there are a lot of foreign customers and although they do not understand Japanese, they always try to communicate using gestures.

- Order Tips -
Omakase course menus are available from 8,000 yen. They also offer sashimi platters. 

When you order dishes as a group, they will divide it into the number of people in the group and serve it on separate plates.

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The restaurant has a cozy interior with ten counter seats and two tables with two seats each. So it was easy to communicate with the restaurant owner and staff. The restaurant is filled with the fragrance of grilled fish and meat coming from the kitchen. And when the dishes are ready, they are immediately served to the customers. Don’t forget to enjoy the atmosphere and the process up until the dishes are served! There aren’t many authentic Japanese restaurants like en(燕) around Kyoto Station, so it’s a really treasured restaurant.
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en(燕) is a popular Japanese restaurant within walkable distance from Kyoto Station. The charming feature of this restaurant is being able to enjoy authentic Japanese food in a small interior with a casual ambience where the main seats are counter seats. As there are many a la carte dishes that are compatible with Japanese sake (rice wine), this shop is perfect for those who want to enjoy both sake and Japanese food. I’d recommend ordering the popular Buckwheat Noodles with Duck and Kujo Scallions to finish off your meal.
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en / 燕
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-691-8155
Address 15-2, Higashikujo Nishisannocho, Minami-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-8003
Directions 8-minute walk from JR Line Kyoto Stn.
Open Hours 5:30pm - 11pm
Reservations Accepted
Closed Sunday
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The staff can only understand simple English, but provide courteous and friendly service so please make yourself at home.
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 14 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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