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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

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135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-221-5544
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Kyoto Must Do

A very traditional Tempura meal in a small intimate setting watching the master chef prepare his offerings was a great lunch to end our Kyoto experience. At Y4,000 per person for lunch this was a cheap way to sample the offerings from a restaurant that is Y15,000 for a larger dinner offering.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Leigh C
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Hobart, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A very traditional Tempura meal in a small intimate setting watching the master chef prepare his offerings was a great lunch to end our Kyoto experience. At Y4,000 per person for lunch this was a cheap way to sample the offerings from a restaurant that is Y15,000 for a larger dinner offering.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Tempura here is a high art. Very fresh ingredients, very lightly breaded morsels fresh from the stove are presented by the chef cooking for you and the ten or so other patrons before your eyes. Good selection of Fremch wines and local sake. 10,000 yen set menu is reasonable for the quality of the food.

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Lancashire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Decided against the pricier option of private rooms, but still not cheap. However, price is the only negative. U-shaped seating for 12 or 13 around the chef who does his tempuraing in front of you. The freshest of fresh ingredients just keep coming and coming. After the meal you are escorted to have dessert sitting around a gigantic kettle. You... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

With only 10 or so seats the meal involves watching an expert craftsman work as well as eating great tempura. The chef also told us what seasonings to use with each course. As we are now old hands at eating Japanese food we had no problem with shrimp heads (delicious) and whitebait ( ok) but we ate only one of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

set in a small intimate room around a bar. Both the food and service were 5 star. Again it was a 5 star experience. After we had eaten we went to an adjoining room with a central fire and views of the internal garden. I had lived in Tokyo and this was my first visit to Japan since I left... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This place is tiny, one chef and one waitress serve you. They both speak enough English for everybody to get by. The tempura is not huge amounts of food but so delicately done. Definitely worth visiting, I would recommend lunch 3k-4k depending on size.

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Singapore, Singapore
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45 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Yoshikawa Tempura came recommend to me on high authority by friends that traveled to Kyoto often. As a fan of anything battered and deep fried, tempura was a definite must for the trip. For starters, this place is quite expensive at dinner time but at lunch, the prices are substantially less so this is when I decided to go, and,... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is not your run-of-the-mill "Let's order a plate of Tempura" tempura meal. This is a meal event. You sit around a counter with 11 seats (maybe 12). Each tempura item is served as a course fried fresh in front of you by a master who has been doing this (per him) for 27 years. Each has a very light... More 

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Senior Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Just an amazing Inn with fantastic dishes. Sashimi was so tender and tasty. And the tempura is just work of art, the whole process was just class. And what a setting for the dessert by the fire :)

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Kuala Lumpur
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

With the recommendation from a close friend, i made reservations 2 months ahead for a party of 6 people including a 5 year old toddler. Credit card details were required since they would buy the ingredients the morning itself to ensure everything was fresh. Of course this was understandable. Since it came highly recommended, we went in with high hopes.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine

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