Choice restaurant is a great place to enjoy Japanese-style vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. It’s at Sanjo-Keihan, very close to Downtown Kyoto.
Exterior of Choice in Northern Higasgiyama – image © Chris Rowthorn
Opened by a Japanese doctor who is keenly aware of the impact of healthy food on health and happiness, Choice is one of the best places in Kyoto for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free eaters. With the exception of their pasta dishes, everything on the menu is gluten-free. They use tamari shoyu (gluten-free soy sauce) in their cooking and their soup broth is made without fish flakes, so you can enjoy their delicious cooking without any trepidation.
Interior of Choice in Northern Higasgiyama – image © Chris Rowthorn
Their lunch plates are a great choice, including a burger made with grains and beans that is served with a nice salad, brown rice and Japanese pickles (Y1,100).
Veggie Burger Lunch, Choice, Northern Higashiyama – image © Chris Rowthorn
There’s also a great “fromage salad” topped with cheese made only from nuts (Y1,400) and a salad lunch with rice and soup for Y1,100.
They also serve nice dinners, sweets, coffee and wonderful smoothies. There’s an English menu with pictures and they are quite at home with foreign diners. I highly recommend Choice for a healthy meal in Kyoto! For more vegetarian dining options, see my roundup of Kyoto’s best vegetarian restaurants.
1F Suzuki Keiseigeka Bld., 89-1 Ohashi-cho, Higashiyama-ku
9am-9pm, closed Thursday
Non-smoking area: Yes
1min walk from Sanjo Keihan Station, Tozai subway line
Website: Official website (Japanese)
Read reviews of Choice on TripAdvisor.com
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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