Kyoto-Style Home Cooking Is Becoming Popular in Japan And We’re Not Surprised
It's called an obanzai meal and here's where you can try one.
Dining solo is never a problem when there’s delicious food and great restaurant service. When you’re in Kyoto, part of the full tourist experience is partaking in obanzai (a light Kyoto-style home cooking). You can either choose to do this while eating or even after eating. In this article, we introduce the best obanzai restaurants in the area.
Kyosai-mi Nomura Nishiki Branch
Kyosai-mi Nomura Nishiki Branch is a restaurant that’s well-known for its obanzai. The perfect balance between the assorted vegetables, fish, and meat gives their meal sets an exceptional taste. Customers won’t have to worry about the large servings since the food here are all very healthy.
The Small 6 Types Set (¥980) comes with six kinds of obanzai and a single drink. This meal set is perfect for those who are dining alone.
Miyabi Gozen comes with 12 types of obanzai. Notice the glamorous style and the amount of food!
The Miyabi Gozen (¥1,620) comes with a daily obanzai set and a choice of yuba (tofu skin) bowl, miso soup, or Japanese sake.
The interior design mimics a house from the early Showa era.
Other menu items for solo diners include the Six-Type Obanzai set (¥980), Sake-tasting set (¥780), Yuba-don (tofu skin rice bowl) (¥500) and Yasaka set (¥980).
Kyosai-mi Nomura Nishiki Branch is located at 513 Masuya-cho, Kojiyacho-dori Nishikikoji-sagaru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-252-0831. It is a 3-minute walk from the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
In addition to its 60-item menu, Taroya serves 20 kinds of obanzai on a daily basis. They offer 10 types of local sake, including the ones from Kyoto, Fushimi, and homemade dishes in a machiya-like atmosphere.
The warm homemade dishes are prepared by the mother and daughters who own the shop.
The Stewed Herring and Eggplant (¥560) features the classic taste of well-flavored soup stock. The Potato Salad (¥550), on the other hand, spreads the sweet flavor of stir-fried brown onion in your mouth.
Their menu for solo diners includes Shishito to Jako no Itameni (Shishito peppers and young sardines that are stir-fried and simmered) (¥380), Three-Types of Appetizers (¥710), Namafu no Agedashi (deep-fried wheat gluten fu simmered in sweet sauce) (¥620), and the daily Takikomigohan (Japanese mixed rice) (¥570).
You can enjoy the view of a well-maintained garden from the sitting room.
Taroya is located at 473 Kannondo-cho, Shinmachi-dori Shijo-agaru Higashi-iru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-75-213-3987. It is a 5-minute walk from subway Shijo Station or the Hankyu Karasuma Station.
Starting from the northern Kyoto area of Kyotango to the southern part of Joyo, KYOTO SAKAGURAKAN is a place where you can enjoy Japanese sake from different parts of Kyoto. In fact, they even have a sake-tasting set which consists of 15 types of sake, which are each made to match several of the restaurant’s dishes.
15 Types of Sake Tasting Set (Northern Central Area)
The 15 Types of Sake Tasting Set (Northern Central Area) (¥1,800) is a sake set taken from the North Central area in Kyoto. Aside from this, the restaurant also serves a Southern area set.
Their menu for solo diners includes the Three-Obanzai Set (¥800), Deep-Fried Chicken Karaage with Black Seven-Spice Sauce (¥770), Gobo (burdock root) Tempura (¥700), and Jikasei Chirimen Sansho (housemade dried whitebait with Japanese pepper) (¥480).
The restaurant’s dishes are chosen to match the sake.
KYOTO SAKAGURAKAN is located at 1/F Tora Building, 236 Bukkoji-dori, Higashi-iri, Kugikakushi-cho, Shimokyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. except on Mondays, and are open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. You may contact them at +81-75-354-5353. It is a 5-minute walk from Subway Shijo Station or the Hankyu Karasuma Station.
SPRING VALLEY BREWERY KYOTO
SPRING VALLEY BREWERY KYOTO is a place where you can enjoy craft beer. They produce 12 types of Kyoto-only IPA beer in-house using Yosano, Kyoto’s hop, as well as 70 types of seasonal dishes.
The Pairing Set (¥2,300) is a six-beer-and-appetizer set that starts with the signature “496” (a type of beer).
Their menu items for solo diners includes Soup Stock Olive (¥500), Raw Yuba (tofu skin) and Homemade Semi-Dried Tomato Caprese (¥880), Black Chicken Karaage (¥780), and Uji Matcha Terrine (¥880).
The 100-year-old building’s interior is bright and open.
SPRING VALLEY BREWERY KYOTO is located at 587-2 Takamiya-cho, Tominokoji-dori Nishikikoji-agaru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-231-4960. It is a 5-minute walk from the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Kyogoku Stand opened in 1927. Within a nostalgic atmosphere, they serve 60 menu items varying from Obanzai to Western-style food. Solo diners are more than welcome at this restaurant. There are even many customers who start drinking during lunch time.
Daily set meal
Daily set meal (¥880) includes hamburg steak, beef cutlet, and steamed dumplings.
Their menu for solo diners includes Kizushi (a type of fish marinated in vinegar) (¥600), Hamo (pike conger) Tempura (¥700), Kimoyaki (grilled liver) (¥460), and Stewed Beef Gristle (¥640).
Kyogoku Stand is a nostalgic diner that represents Kyoto.
Kyogoku Stand is located at 546 Nakano-machi, Shijo-agaru, Shinkyogoku-dori, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 12 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. except on Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-75-221-4156. It is 1-minute from the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Namasoba Tokiwa is a long-established restaurant since 1878. A lot of people visit this restaurant to eat the set meals, noodles, and rice bowls. The restaurant also offers daily set meals as their signature menu. However, you can also try the a la carte items if you only want a small bite.
The sake served at the restaurant is from Kyoto’s Gekkeikan. Take note that if you don’t specify your order, your sake will be served hot.
Japanese Set Meal
The Japanese Set Meal (¥800) has rolled egg and multiple side dishes.
Other solo menu items include the Daily Set Meal (¥780), Set Meal Without Rice and Miso Soup (¥530), Beef Cutlet Set Meal (¥800), Mid-sized Beer (¥550), and a single glass of Japanese sake (¥400).
The history of the Teramachi-dori shopping street is visible in the restaurant’s interiors.
Namasoba Tokiwa is located at 523 Tenshojimae-cho, Teramachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Wednesdays and open from 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. You may contact them at +81-75-231-4517. It is a 3-minute walk from subway Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™,, (12 May 2019)