2012/02/27

【Vegan Diner】 Morpho Cafe 【Natto】

Hi! Welcome to Machi's Taxi Restaurant Guide.


I don't think it's easy to find good vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto.

So this time, I am going to introduce you to an informal diner-"Morpho Cafe", which specializes in vegan meals.


On my first visit, I ordered this.

"Avocado and Tomato-don (donburi) with Natto and Yam"-price 850JPY

It seems that they use brown rice for this meal. Since brown rice includes bran, it is healthier than white rice.

Natto (some people describe it as "sticky-stinky little beans") is fermented soy beans, and it's usually necessary to first acquire a taste for it. After that it is delicious!

When someone tries natto for the first time, he usually puts it into his mouth and, with a wry face, says "This is terrible!"


Japanese people usually add mustard and soy sauce, mix it up well, and put it onto white rice.

In my opinion, this is a very good dish for encouraging or challenging people to try natto for the first time.
Actually, from the Japanese point of view,  this is really tasty.



On the second visit, I had a "Veggie-Burger"-price 850JPY.

There are no big burger chains which serves veggie-burgers in Japan.

I think it is quite nice, although I have not experienced tasting any other veggie-burgers.


"Morpho cafe" is a 15 minutes walk away from Kyoto Imperial Palace.


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If you show this picture to your taxi driver in Kyoto, he’ll have no trouble taking you to this restaurant.


Taxi fare will be:
1520JPY from Kyoto station
1120JPY from the Golden Temple
The above prices are just my approximate guess.
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Morpho Cafe

075-432-5017

Closed on Tuesdays
Open
Weekdays 9:00~21:00
Saturdays and Sundays 11:30~21:00



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2012/02/21

【Excellent Dashi】 Daruman 【Heian Shrine】

Hi! Welcome to Machi's Taxi Restaurant Guide.

Good dashi (a broth used in Japanese food) is an integral part of Kyoto cuisine, since excellent dashi makes everything good.
The restaurant "Daruman" can boast about its tasty meals, made with their excellent dashi.

Although they have a buffet style lunch on the 1st floor, all the tables on the 1st floor were taken when we visited.

So, we sat on the 2nd floor which was a Japanese style room.

We found out that the view from the 2nd floor was really nice!
A canal can be seen through the window.


This is what I ordered.  "Oyako-don"-price 1000JPY.

Oyako-don is a very popular menu item throughout Japan.

"Oyako-don" literally means "Parents and kids-donburi".
Because chicken and eggs are put on top of rice, this meal was named "Oyakodon".

The melting-like texture of the half-heated eggs is so nice! ( Raw eggs in Japan are safe to eat.)


My wife ordered this.
"Tempura soba"-price 950JPY (Ebiten or "deep fried shrimp" on top of soba-noodle.)

A noodle dish is one of the best choices to savor the dashi.
Of course, I tried the soup a little, and I can vouch for it.

Daruman is a 5 minutes walk away from the Heian Shrine.
The entrance of "Daruman"

If you show this picture to your taxi driver in Kyoto, he’ll have no trouble taking you to this restaurant.


Taxi fare will be:
1280JPY from Kyoto station,
1040JPY from the Kiyomizu temple.
The above prices are just my approximate guess.
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Daruman

075-751-1123

Closed irregularly (mainly on Mondays).
Open 11:00~15:30





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2012/02/08

【Superb Udon】Kendonya【Fushimi Inari】

Hi! Welcome to Machi's Taxi Restaurant Guide.

The other day, I visited a Udon-noodle restaurant, "Kendonya".



Although they have special menus for winter, I ordered "tempura-udon", a staple of their menu -price 850JPY.





What makes their udon so special is the glutinous texture of the noodles.
I've never had udon-noodles which have the same kind of texture at other places.




To get this texture, they use a pressure cooker for boiling noodles.




"Beef curry udon"-price 670JPY



Since the curry is dissolved into a special broth, the soup is not very spicy.

You can sense the hint of bonito and konbu-seaweed, yummy!



Since they have English menus, it's easy to order.





If you show this picture to your taxi driver in Kyoto, he’ll have no trouble taking you to this restaurant.


Taxi fare will be:
800JPY from Kyoto station,
1200JPY from the Kiyomizu temple.
The above prices are just my approximate guess.
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Kendonya (Udon-Noodles)

075-641-1330

Close on Wednesdays and one extra day off a month.
Open 11:00~15:00
        17:00~20:30


HP:Kendonya・Handmade Udon Noodle Restaurant




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