Simple but luxurious natural vegan cuisine in Kyoto near Nijo Castle
Itadakizen Kyoto is a vegan restaurant in Kyoto, in the traditional Nishijin area of this old capital. The restaurant offers simple food made with great ingredients. Even their concept is about the simplicity of their food; at Itadakizen Kyoto they say that “Out of simplicity, luxury is born, and this then leads to a healthy and natural life.”
A big part of the atmosphere at Itadakizen comes from the traditional Kyoto machiya (town house) the restaurant is located in. The machiya is around 100-years old, but at Itadakizen they have taken great care in restoring the historic machiya, so just looking around at all the little details of it is fun.
Enmen rice noodles with vegetable sushi
The Enmen rice noodles here are maybe the tastiest menu item on the menu, as the soup gets its rich taste from the soymilk used in making it. You can order the noodles with a portion of vegetable sushi like in the picture too.
Millet rice with today’s side dish
The millet rice at Itakizen Kyoto is healthy, and even tastes healthy. You can feel it working on your body as you eat it; it feels like what you’re eating must be very good for your body. You also get a side dish with the rice, which this time was five pieces of tofu steak.
You can see the day’s appetizers on the “Today’s specials” board. This time we had white radish and red rice stew, a tofu Hamburg Steak, and potato salad. I especially liked the potato salad; the raw onion in it was a nice touch.
Carefully selected wines
/ From ￥800 and up
All the wines at Itadakizen Kyoto are one of a kind. So they don’t stock two bottles of the same wine! So every time you have wine at Itadakizen Kyoto, you’re having something unique.