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Myoudai Omen Ginkakuji Honten

Bus Pool South Ginkakuji Sakyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8406, Japan
+81 75-771-8994
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Ranked #52 of 3,400 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $28
Cuisines: Noodle
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great hot or cold udon lunch sets in a beautiful, traditional restaurant very close to the Silver Temple (Ginkaku-ji) and the northern end of the Philosopher's Path. Even though it was te most expensive udon we ate our entire time in Japan, I still thought the lunch set was reasonably priced considering the very high quality of all the artistically-presented... More

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

We went today, based on their trip advisor score. A really amazing lady helped us to find them (just off the start of the hill to the temple, near to a car park). We looked at the menu and asked whether one of the set menus was for 4 people - 2 adults and 2 children. The waitress said it... More

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87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Omen is definitely on the tourist trail, being well located for Ginkaku-ji and the Philosopher's Path, but don't let that put you off. Specialising in noodles and tempura we had an excellent supper here at the 'bar'. There are also low tables for you to sit at if you wish to. It's a reasonable size by many Japanese restaurant standards,... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This was our first meal in Kyoto and very good it was too! My son is not a massive udon fan but even he loved it. He had the tempura and udon meal while I had the seasonal meal which also cam with udon. Both were gorgeous, especially enjoyed adding our own ingredients to the broth. The seasonal dishes were... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

When we arrived at Omen, there was a line out the door, but it moved pretty quickly and we were seated in about 20 minutes. You either sit on tatami mats at traditional tables or on stools at the counter. We sat at the counter, which was fun because we got to watch someone prepare the accompaniments for the udon.... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I asked my guide to do the honours of picking the restaurant we can have an early lunch after our tour of the Golden Pavillion. I was glad she chose Omen. I was never a big fan of Udon but was willing to go on a culinary adventure. I was not disappointed. The udon was very light but satisfying. They... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

After reading such great reviews about this place, I decided to pop in for a meal before starting the trek to Ginkakuji and the famed Path of Philosophers (rather overrated if you ask me, but s few quaint shops along the path). Presentation is exquisite. But I have had better noodles in less high profile places. The broth was not... More

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156 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had had disappointing noodles on our trip before this but that all changed once we tasted the omen offering, with a range of vegetables to flavor the broth, plus sesame and tempura. Also excellent were several types of tofu. Cloudy cold sake to accompany the food was perfect. Sit upstairs for a table with chairs. There was a queue... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Since returning from Japan, I can't stop thinking about this meal. We followed the recommendation in our guide book, like many, just off the Philosophers Trail. A great find, the food was superb. We had hot 'omen', the noodles, broth, sesame seeds and seven different types of vegetable, all beautifully presented. We had a side of tempura too, well worth... More

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Omen today towards the end of our trip on the Philosophers Walk. We are in our fourth week in Japan and this was probably the best meal I've had so far. It was delicious. I had a side of the grilled chicken with homemade spicy sauce - it was juicy and tender and very good. For a... More

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