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Issen Yoshoku


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#166 of 13,249 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence2019 Winner


Japanese, Fast Food, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service

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All reviews okonomiyaki savoury pancakes kyoto style quick snack interesting decor quirky place filling meal fun restaurant japanese pancake an open kitchen shijo dori too salty cold beer quick service hot plate mannequins egg
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

This eatery does not have an English signboard, serves only 1 item in its menu. The Issen Yoshoku, a kind of savoury pancake. You can see the chef preparing it on the spot so it's served piping hot. For 730 yen, highly recommended as a...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank CottonJo
Reviewed May 6, 2019 via mobile

Interesting spot, only serve one item, but it's quite good and unlike other foods we have had so far in Japan. The restaurant itself is a spectacle to behold, hard to focus on food with all the incredible and fun decor!

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Ritusood22
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

We stopped here on one of our guided tours and tried this pancake with various fillings. I omitted the ginger as was told quite spicy and different from normal ginger. It was so good and tasty. Loved it!! The interior is quite unique. You have...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Wanderlustjewel
Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

Decor is certainly unique, great service and the okonomiyaki is fantastic. We recommend, it's always busy which means it must be good!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Mullalove
Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant makes only this one savoury Japanese pancake. It was delicious but also indistinct. I felt they basically just put heaps of stuff that one can eat together and that’s it. Nonetheless, it was still a good meal. The place has a nice upbeat...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank JvdW-Oz
Reviewed April 5, 2019 via mobile

We wanted to try okonomiyaki and by default ended up here because the place I really wanted to try was only open for lunch. This was the worst meal eaten in Japan. They only serve it one way without any choice of ingredients and I...More

Date of visit: April 2019
2  Thank humdinger777
Reviewed March 25, 2019 via mobile

A funny joint that has one item on the menu. They have a vego option, and you can ask for items to be left out. Its a good quick meal and I enjoyed mine. Kids complained about excess Spring Onions. Its just off the main...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank ScambusterSZ
Reviewed March 18, 2019

A popular street food in Kyoto, okonomi-yaki is a pancake-like pizza-style snack food made up of tempura batter with beef, ginger, konjakyu jelly and various seasonings topped with a runny sunny-side up egg. At Issen Yoshoku, they only serve one version with no variation, so...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank gaires2359
Reviewed February 21, 2019

If you fancy a cheap local dish in quirky surroundings then this is the place. Stumbled across this restaurant and watched as they cooked the okonomyaki on the hot plates. Fascinated, we piled in to give them a go! The menu makes choosing very simple!...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank SuttonHill
Reviewed December 26, 2018

We were suggested to stop by from a local who stated its the best Kyoto style okonomiyaki. We got the traditional style and loved it. Many different flavors and different than others we have had. Highly recommend it.

Date of visit: December 2018
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