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#432 of 3,784 Japanese in Kyoto
#635 of 8,098 Restaurants in Kyoto


Japanese, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

The proprietress’s grandmother opened this restaurant in 1939. Apron clad, she serves guests in an atmosphere that’s lively every night. The menu inclu...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
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Reviewed November 3, 2019 via mobile

Dinner for five in a private tatami style room. Brusque and unfriendly greeting followed by similar service. Bland unappealing food came out at the speed of light and we were back on the street in an hour. Will not recommend or return.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed June 15, 2019

No physical English menu, so did as reviews suggested and printed one from their website, then promptly left it at the hotel. No worries, perhaps for the best. Very friendly English speaking staff, just asked us to go to the counter and point, giving explanations...if needed. Some portions were a bit small but that allowed us to have another later.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed February 10, 2019

This restaurant offers homestyle Kyoto (obanzai) cooking, and is definitely worth a visit. ~ The staff are attentive and very friendly and helpful. We chose from the array of dishes on display on the counter as well as sashimi and items that they grilled for...us. The cold aubergine were delicious – so much so that we ordered a second plateful – and I loved the white miso with taro. Our grilled quail was perfectly cooked and yummy, and the grilled lamb also very good indeed, as was the grilled fish – all simple but very tasty. It was all so good that we went back a second time during our stay in Kyoto – surely a recommendation on its own!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed February 8, 2019

This is an excellent Japanese restaurant. Fairly priced with good service. We had about 8 dishes, all of which were excellent. Dishes range from sashimi to duck to vegetables; all were great. One dish was served on a wonderful earthen ware place. The owner told...me that those dishes belonged to her grandmother and were 80 years old. I would definitely return to this restaurant. hope you try it.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed February 4, 2019

A little hard to find but is worth the search for this obanzai-style restaurant (Native to Kyoto using mostly local ingredients). Look for the Japanese characters, めなみ. With traditional floor tatami seating, so you must take your shoes off while you eat.

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We sat upstairs and loved the experience sitting like locals. Beware the English menu doesn’t offer all the good food that is on the greasy sheets. We looked around at what people were eating and asked for what they had as well as what we...ordered from the menu. Everything that we had was so good!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed November 8, 2018

This place was recommended on TA so i tried it out. The atmosphere is not particularly interesting relative to other Kyoto restaurants on the same street but if you want "obanzai" you have to be adventurous. Staff was VERY kind but they don't speak English...(even though they tell you they do). Download the Jeenie app before you go and get a real person to help you look through the menu and ask questions. That is what i did ! Sardines in ginger were great. Duck was underwhelming.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Obansai in Kyoto should mean "home made dinner dish". We were looking forward to enjoying authentic food but we were so we left before we were full. As a Japanese who have eaten at many different Japanese and European eateries, Menami was well below par....In fact, we ate Obansai at another restaurant previous night which tasted twice as nice and 15% cheaper. Service was ok. On the second floor, the tables were jam packed you could hear every conversation from the next table. It would be difficult to have privacy, never mind relax at all. The food came out so quick, I suspect even the hot food weren't cooked fresh from scratch at all. "Hot" sake was barely warm and alcohol well dissipated which makes me wonder if they had it on standby. They don't even have draft beer, charging well over X3 for standard bottled larger that can be bought from every supermarket in Japan. Oh, and there was no such thing as folk or spoon for our 6 years old. They didn't even bother asking if she'd manage chopstick (we were asked as every other restaurant) Here are my thoughts on done of the food; - deep fried spring roll of yuba was crisp, well flavoured and tasty. Best dish we tried. - smoked potato salad was so well smoked, it was like eating char - tempura of Oyster was no better than that of franchised restaurant at fraction of the cost - Yakitori (char grilled chicken) had so much cheap Japanese pepper in it, it made my tongue numb - sour miso veg and squid mix over powered with Japanese mustered, you'd hardly taste the famous Kyoto veg. - stewed Cod Roe was cold and hard, frankly disgusting even compared to cheap fresh one. - other things such as Ginkgo tree nut, Okara (soya bean crumble), seasoned egg etc was so ordinary, we could have eaten them at fraction of the cost at cheap restaurant. The restaurant had hardly any Japanese and mainly foreign tourist clientele. I'll let you guess why but we left and ate at nearby franchised gyoza restaurant (what can we do at this time of they night?) where food was at less than 1/5 of Menami with better service and taste. I definitely don't recommend the place. Go to Ishikawa for genuine and friendly experience.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

This is a very good place to go in Kyoto if you want to taste the real japanese homemade food. They have several options of dishes that you can order separetely to share if you are in a group. Just make sure you have internet...connection so that you can see the menu in english because the table menu is completely in japanese.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 30, 2018

you can enjoy japanese casual and traditional food in this restaurant! 以前偶然入り気に入り今月も伺いました。 早めの予約で14人で伺いましたが、予算を伝えた上で素敵なコースを仕立ててくださいました。食事のみ6,000円で設定しました。結局会話もお酒も進みすぎて9000円/人にはなりましたが、京都らしいお食事を楽しめると思います。 danchuでも取り上げられ、最近では京都プレミアムという特集号でもお名前拝見いたしました!

Date of visit: May 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4