Izusen serves delicious and delightfully presented full-course vegetarian meals with an emphasis on tofu in beautiful red lacquer bowls. This is known ... More
Izusen serves delicious and delightfully presented full-course vegetarian meals with an emphasis on tofu in beautiful red lacquer bowls. This is known as shojin ryori, or food fit for devotees in religious training, and refers to the Buddhist strictures against eating meat. Seating is on tatami mats with a view of the delightful garden of Daiji-in (a sub-temple of the main Daitokuji complex) or, weather permitting, al fresco in the garden itself. There are no prohibitions against alcoholic drinks, and bottled beer and sake are available along with an English menu.
Dinner was beautifully presented and outstanding. The dining experience was memorable, especially at such moderate prices (I had the 3,000 Yen complete summer kaiseki dinner). The service was attentive but not intrusive: each new course arrived just as we were completing the last one. The location is nondescript(above a McDonald's in a multi-story building), but being near the Kyoto train station was a plus for us as we stayed at the Granvia Hotel. The restaurant is simple but nicely laid out with both tatami and seated options, traditional background music, plenty of space, and air-conditioning. The atmosphere would be improved by dimming the lighting and putting up visual barriers between eating spaces. But these are quibbles: we were delighted to discover this restaurant and recommend it heartily.
I went here for a birthday lunch (no dinners, closes at 4). Bought the medium price menu course, and was served, over an hour, about 20 small dishes of exquisitely prepared food, some of the best vegetarian I've had around the world. Pleasing to the eye, and sometimes surprising (like the tempura plum - like a perfect pie), but fresh, imaginative, and evocative of the season in which we visit.
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