There’s always a place to rest for a meal after your sightseeing adventures in the different areas of Kyoto.
See also: A FOOD TOUR IN KYOTO (PART 1)
6. Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya
Get a taste of the halal-certified Sukiyaki course meal, a popular Japanese hot pot dish, similar to shabu shabu, which is often cooked and served at the table. Or otherwise, try out the Yudofu which is tofu simmered in a clay pot with a variety of vegetables. Although yudofu is often eaten in winter by the Japanese, it is still served all year round!
Address: Kiyomizu 2 cho-me, Kiyomizu-dera Monzen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0862
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5pm
7. Halal Curry Udon Inari
After that leisure hike up the long and winding Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, take a rest and slurp down a bowl of curry udon at Halal Curry Udon Inari. This halal-certified restaurant is just five minutes away from the landmark. A simple but delicious dish, it’s bound to wash down that famish.
Address: 462-17, Honmachi 21, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 605-0817
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, closed on Tuesdays
If you’re having yakiniku cravings after a stroll around the golden temple, stop by Nanzan. It’s a restaurant close by, with a halal-certified menu available. Although it might seem a tad bit pricey, the quality of the dishes, as well as the wagyu beef used, is well worth the amount. What could be better than a full yakiniku meal with miso soup as an appetiser after a long day at the gardens?
Address: Kitayama Notre Dame Mae, 31 Shimogamo Kitanononogami-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city 606-0846
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 10.30pm
9. Okonomiyaki Sansei
Fancy okonomiyaki, a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients, whilst strolling up north of Kyoto? Here’s the answer to your food problem. The dishes are all freshly cooked right in front of you as the chef prepares your meal. Drop by Okonomiyaki Sansei, where they offer halal-certified menu, including yakiudon and yakisoba, to fulfil what your heart desires…for your tummy!
Address: 2F Haitsukusunoki, 8th Kamihakubai-cho Kitano, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8325
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 1am
10. Yoshiya Arashiyama
Ranging from affordable halal bento sets to their traditional Japanese meal, Yoshinoya Arashimaya caters to all Muslim travellers’ washoku cravings. While known for their Shokado lunch sets that include a tofu hotpot and tempura dishes, their soba and chicken karaage bento sets are nothing short of delicious. With seasonal menus available as well, this Muslim-friendly restaurant will definitely satisfy you to your heart’s content.
Address: 31-4 Sagatenryūji Tsukurimichichō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8384, Japan
Opening hours: 11am – 6pm