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Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us and we were lucky enough to get a reservation for the same evening. We had a great evening - the people in the restaurant are very friendly and welcoming. The menu is in Japanese we opted for the set...menu at 3000 Yen pp. This was a great choice - the food was excellent, well prepared and very tasty. We had several courses and liked all of them without exception. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Stepped in one night and it was full, so we made a reservation for the next evening. Surpassed all expectations! Not a typical izakaya as it is more dynamic, modern and part of the group that abuses by farm-to-table philosophy. Very friendly, happy staff, English...may not be primary strength but hospitality more than compensated for it. We asked to recommend dishes and sake they we so happy to, guided by one question: were we hungry? We were. Sashimi, tender chicken, fermented beans were served first, moving on to incredible mushrooms in soup with shellfish. Wagyu wrapped celery packs a lot of flavor, and it’s mesmerizing to watch everything being prepared sitting by the bar by young and very skilled chefs, who also double as waitstaff. For pre-dessert we were hungry for just one more something and asked for potato, seeing them in vat of dashi. Done to their recommendation it was a perfect bite of savory potato with creamiest housemade mayo, topped with raw ham, really simple yet incredibly delicious. For dessert their tea ice cream was fantastic, as was recommended pudding. A special note on smoothies they make-done with seasonal fruit they pack so much flavor, picked avocado that had a lot of seasonal peach, fantastic flavor. Overall had the most amazing night, filled with laughter, a little google translate, attempts to read some Japanese via knowledge of Chinese and trusting their taste and recommendations, and it didn’t disappoint. When we are back to Kyoto, we will definitely come back to Onikai!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I tried getting a reservation to Onikai several times. I called from the US, only to be told that reservations are only available 30days prior. So I called 30days prior to the day I wanted to reserve, they told me they were fully booked. If...they just opened the reservation for that 30 requirement, how could they be booked, etc etc. I tried walking up to make a reservation, only to be turned away. They only want Japanese locals to eat there. I get it, Kyoto has too many tourist and they want to make sure the locals can enjoy their food, etc. Then, why not move their shop from the heart of nishiki market area and go somewhere a little further away. Unfortunately, some establishments in Kyoto are not friendly or are hostile to foreigners. Perhaps they shouldnt be in that sort of business then?More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

When we arrived , the staff looks very happy to see us. We took the menu du chef and we specified What we do not like ( squid, heel,....). It was excellent and very copious. We only stay 3 nights but maybe we will come...back before leaving. Don't miss it!More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed November 28, 2016

Make your reservations early! This place gets filled fast and for good reason! "Yummy food" just doesn't cut it. Excellent, farm to table dishes that's simple but absolutely delicious. Order the avocado juice drink.

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed October 9, 2016

Onikai was really tasty and really fun. Everyone seemed very happy to have us and went out of their way to make us feel at home despite our inability to speak or read Japanese. If we understood correctly the ingredients are all sourced from the...owner's farm and did seem incredibly fresh. Some food highlights: sashimi with wasabi/ginger/eggplant concoction; lotus root and mackerel; eggplant in peanut sauce; tempura (corn tempura was unreal). We just asked them to bring out whatever food they suggested so we were absolutely shocked by how relatively affordable the bill was (~7700yen).More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed November 12, 2015

Food was amazing : we asked for a veggie menu and the flavors were great. Even if the hardly speak english, they do their best and the staff is lovely. And being at the counter we watched the whole cooking process it was a great...experience. They deserve my 5 stars for the value, the kindness, and the food.More

Date of visit: October 2015
Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Great Izakaya restaurant which focuses on inventive fresh vegetables. Great if you are a tourist who has a hankering for some vegetarian food or otherwise struggles to eat seafood/pork products. Only downside is that it is not particularly English friendly in that there was no...English menu. Our waitress did her best to communicate with us and was very accommodating. We did have someone with us who can speak some Japanese so that also helped greatly. We ordered a shittake dish, sweet potato, karage chicken and a whole fish dish. All the dishes were beautifully presented and had a modern, energetic feel them. Highly recommended if you can find it (its upstairs - for some help, look at the street view image on google maps after copying and pasting the address in).More

Date of visit: September 2015
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5