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5 Best Curry Rice Restaurants in Kyoto

Looking for the best curry rice in Kyoto? In this guide, we selected the best curry restaurants in Kyoto.

Curry rice in Kyoto is different from other parts of Japan because it is typically made with a milder curry sauce. This is because Kyoto is a city with a long history of Buddhist culture, and Buddhists traditionally avoid eating spicy foods. As a result, Kyoto curry rice is often made with a curry sauce that is made with less chili peppers and more vegetables and herbs. This gives Kyoto curry rice a more delicate and nuanced flavor than curry rice from other parts of Japan.

In addition to the milder curry sauce, Kyoto curry rice is also typically served with a variety of toppings, such as shredded cabbage, carrots, and eggs. These toppings help to balance out the flavor of the curry sauce and make the dish more filling.

Kyoto curry rice is a popular dish that can be found at many restaurants and cafes throughout the city. It is also a popular dish to make at home.

Note that these curry restaurants are typically small and are on a cash-only and no-reservation basis. If you are wondering where to eat curry rice in Kyoto, here are our top picks:

1. Kara-Kusa Curry

This curry rice restaurant in Kyoto is one of the best options if you are in Shimogyo. Some of their most popular dishes include beef curry, black curry, and keema curry. You might also want to try their red chicken curry or butter chicken.

  • Price: From 900 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 9 PM (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • Address: 248, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

2. Karahi Curry

This humble restaurant serves really good curry rice and I won’t be surprised if you will come back every day for more. Whether you want to pair your curry rice with ice-cold sake or hot latté, you won’t regret it.

  • Price: From 400 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 Am - 9 PM (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • Address: 619 Teianmaenocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

3. Kyoto Curry Seisakusho Karil

Expect something special about this Michelin-starred curry rice restaurant in Kyoto. Their curry is neither Indian nor European, but their own signature. Go for their beef curry rice or keema curry rice!

  • Price: From 880 yen

  • Hours: 11 AM - 8 PM (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • Contact: +81 75-211-6110

  • Address:  349-1 Haruobicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

4. Khaos Spice Diner

This popular curry rice restaurant with multiple branches across Japan has people lining up for lunch and dinner. Their corn curry is a perfect combo of sweetness and spice, while their chicken curry tastes a bit like a soup curry with an outstanding flavor.

  • Price: From 950 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 10 PM (Mondays to Sundays)

  • Contact: +81 75-212-1120

  • Address: 406-28 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

5. Pontocho Yakuzen Curry

If you happen to be in Pontocho, drop by Pontocho Yakuzen Curry. Pretty much like many hole-in-the-wall food stalls in Pontocho, it can be difficult to find. But it’s worth finding for their beef and chicken medicinal curry!

  • Price: From 500 yen

  • Hours: 12 - 11 PM

  • Contact: +81 75-222-2279

  • Address: 203-5 Shimokorikicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan


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