Munchen - Long-standing Kyoto beer hall open from lunch!
Located near the Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station, Munchen should be the first name on anyone's lips when talking about classic German beer halls in Kyoto
First opened in 1952 as a “restaurant for draft beer and western food,” Munchen has been loved by locals for over half a century.
As the bar serves “general western food,” it has a varied selection of dishes that are all tasty as heck!
Aside from their huge menu, one of the greatest things about Munchen is the fact that it's open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.!
Certainly one of the reasons why they have so many fans, this means that you can enjoy amazing grub morning, noon and night! (well maybe not morning...)
As the name beer hall suggests, Munchen is especially known for its beer which come in all sorts of varieties and sizes. If Kyoto didn't have so many craft beer bars now, Munchen would be like a desert oasis offering beer instead of water!
As its been around for nearly 70 years, Munchen also has a wonderful retro vibe as well.
So if you've had your fill of Japanese food, why not kick back at Munchen and enjoy some familiar western food over a nice cold pint?
Also, don't worry if you can't speak Japanese because the owner has pretty good English and is super friendly.
Hop off at the Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station or Keihan Gion-Shijo Station for the quickest route.
Karaage Fried Chicken
Despite being a German beer hall, one of Munchen’s most famous dishes is very much Japanese - karaage fried chicken!
Each piece of Munchen's karaage is thick and delectably juicy. What's more, they just so happen to pair perfectly with beer.
While the chicken might be overflowing with meaty juices and finger-licking good oils, they are surprisingly light on the stomach.
This chicken is so addictively good that you'll go back for piece after piece and before you know it be ordering your second serving.
Rib Deluxe - Premium Spareribs
The Rib Deluxe is a creation of the current owner of Munchen.
The satisfying chunks of meat and thick, rich sauce make this dish simply irresistible.
The special homemade sweet and spicy sauce is a refreshing change of pace from the saltiness of the sausages and karaage fried chicken so it's the perfect dish to order last if you're still not full.
Also, we've just gotta say that sliding the meat off the bone has to be one of the most satisfying things ever.
/ Draft Beer: Small: ¥600 | Medium: ¥790 | Large: ¥930
Munchen is famous for its selection of beer.
In addition to draft beers, they also offer a range of bottled beers and even beer cocktails. The draft beer on offer at Munchen is classic Japanese Asahi, only the Asahi at Munchen isn't any old Asahi! No, it's served straight from the barrel!
Compared to the bottled beers on offer, the draft beer is fresher and even more bubbly.
Munchen has a special connection with the beer company that allows them to get beer that tastes just like the beer back in 1952 when Munchen was first founded.
If you go to Munchen, this is one thing that you have to try!
Lunch: Demi-glace Hamburger Steak Lunch Set
Munchen opens early so one of their specialties is their lunch sets.
Among the various lunches, the hamburger steak is the most popular. The juicy hamburger patty and crispy onions make you almost want to order another one.
What’s special about this hamburger steak set is that you get a mini-bowl of ramen with it. Normally a lunch set comes with a main, rice, salad, and miso soup, but at Munchen, instead of miso soup, you get ramen. The mini-ramen is a shio salt ramen and it comes in a super cute tiny bowl.
This lunch set is sure to satisfy even the biggest of appetites!