The Ootoya chain is a great new addition to the Japanese eating scene. They feature smart, clean interiors, English/picture menus, fast kitchens and they serve all the standard dishes you’d expect from an old-school shokudo (all around eatery). This branch on Sanjo makes a very convenient lunch stop.
Ootoya © Nelo Hotsuma
Up a flight of stairs on the north side of Sanjo, just a few steps west from Starbucks, you’ll find a clean, well-lit place called Ootoya. This is what you might call a “neo-shokudo” (new version of a classic Japanese eatery). It’s popular with local workers and students. The English/picture menu makes ordering a breeze and the kitchen reliably turns out all the standard favorites you’d expect from this sort of place, some with a few modern twists. It’s a great place for a quick lunch or dinner while downtown, and you won’t break the bank.
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2F Goshoame Building, 98 Nakajima-cho, Kawaramachi-Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku
11am-11pm (last order 10:30pm)
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Sanjo Station, Keihan line or Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Tozai subway line
Official site (Japanese)
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