As a foreigner it can be difficult to find a restaurant with an english language menu in Kyoto. Whilst it is easy to eat in the international hotels, it is more fun to visit places where the locals go to. For any visitor to Kyoto a pre-dinner walk thru PONTOCHO in the heart of the city is a must. A long, small alley full of local restaurants. Here I recommend you eat at MIMASUYA. The menu is in English, the staff speaks a bit of english, the food is great, the prices are reasonable and you will find yourself amidst lots of local people enjoying a night out. I enjoyed the avocado/shrimp salad and the beef tenderloin with three sauces. However, the highlight is the banana - chocolate mousse dessert - absolutely delightful. Staff throughout the restaurant is very friendly and helpful. I can recommend this restaurant highly.
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