Just down the hill from Ginkaku-ji Temple, Omen is one of our favorite restaurants in Kyoto. They serve some of Kyoto’s best udon noodles.
Few restaurants manage to maintain high standards once they become immensely popular, but Omen has been doing it for years. The name means “noodles” and that’s their signature dish: thick udon noodles, served with either hot or cold broth. But there’s also a large a la carte menu with all kinds of excellent dishes to go with your noodles, usually made from seasonal ingredients. There’s comfortable tatami seating downstairs, along with a few counter seats that are good for solo diners, and table seating upstairs for inflexible foreigners. With an English menu and a welcoming staff, it’s no surprise that this place is a favorite of Kyoto’s long-term expat community. Just be warned: during cherry blossom season, the line for tables will be out the door.
For more meat-free eating suggestions, read our round-up of Kyoto’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants.
74 Ishibashi-cho, Jodo-ji, Sakyo-ku
Closed one day a month irregularly, usually Thursday
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 or 17 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (Japanese)
Read reviews of Omen restaurant on TripAdvisor
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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