Yoshiya Oku no Niwa just might be the most Muslim friendly restaurant in Arashiyama
There are not many places in Kyoto where you can get as varied halal food as Yoshiya Oku no Niwa offers. And the place is not only for Muslims: besides their Japanese menu, they also offer dishes for vegetarians, and those with a gluten-free diet. While they don’t have a prayer room, they can, if they have the space available that day, give you a small space to pray. The way the restaurant goes out of its way to make everyone feel comfortable is really something you rarely see. This restaurant could become a role model in Kyoto since their food fits many dietary needs and they not only have their menu in English, but their staff also speaks excellent English. All of the food mentioned below is halal.
Brand Wagyu Shabu Shabu / ￥5,000 (+tax)
Getting a portion of the highest quality of beef in Japan, wagyu, for 5,000 yen is not a bad deal. And when it’s halal it’s an even better deal. They use only the best wagyu available, normally of the best Japanese A-ranks available. The beef just melts in your mouth. Even thinking of this dish makes my mouth water.
Special Shokado with Tofu Hot Pot / ￥2,500 (+tax)
yudofu, or tofu hot pot, in Arashiyama goes for around 2,000 yen. But here you do not only get yudofu, you also get tempura, sashimi, and all kinds of other Japanese treats. Delicious!
Spicy Deep Fried Chicken rice bowl / ￥1,350 (+tax)
Japanese kara-age fried chicken is delicious as it is, but at Yoshiya they make their halal chicken a bit spicier. Their chicken is so good that you’re going to regret it if you don’t order this dish. The chicken tastes even better when combined with sambal, an Indonesian chili sauce you can ask for. The spicy kara-age can only be found on the halal menu, and it tastes pretty great, so consider ordering it even if you’re not a Muslim.
Kids’ Meal / ￥740 (+tax)
Surprisingly few restaurants in Kyoto have a kids’ menu, but at Yoshiya their Kids’ Meal is the real deal, and no matter how picky your child, there’s bound to be something he or she will like.
How to Order
The menu has pictures so ordering is very easy.
- Order Tips -
If you want to make your food a little spicier you can ask for some sambal (Indonesian chili sauce).
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Yoshiya Oku no Niwa / 良彌 奥の庭
|Category||Casual Style Washoku|
|Address||31 Sagatenryu-ji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||A 5-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station. A 10-minute walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. A 10-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station.|
|Open Hours||11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.|
|Reservations||Not accepted except for groups of 10 people or more.|
|Closed||Open every day.|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.|
|Good for||Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children|
They have an English menu with pictures, and English-speaking staff who can speak many more languages besides English too.
|Menu||English, Japanese, and Indonesian.|
|Lanuages spoken||English, Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai. They may not have staff who can speak these languages every day.|
|Number of seats||70 seats.|
|Private dining rooms||Available for groups of more than 10 people but you need a reservation.|
|Non smoking / smoking||Nonsmoking. They have a smoking area outside of the restaurant.|