Unfortunately, this restaurant is no longer operating as of 2018. You can see other alternative vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto on our Kyoto’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants page.
Shokudo Terasu is a unique ramen restaurant that specializes in healthy food. They serve one of the only vegetarian-friendly bowls of ramen in town. It’s well worth a stop when exploring Gion.
Shokudo Terasu – image © Chris Rowthorn
Shokudo Terasu is a completely new type of restaurant in Kyoto: a ramen restaurant that serves vegetarian (and meat) ramen and all kinds of other interesting and healthy dishes. As soon as you walk in, you realize that this is not your normal ramen joint. It feels more like a creative kappo (counter) restaurant.
You can choose from three types of ramen with meat stock (all of them tasty) or, if you’re a vegetarian, you can sample the excellent tonyu-soup (soy milk) ramen, which contains absolutely no meat. All costs around Y950 with tax. The noodles in the soy milk ramen get their green color from a plant called moroheiya in Japanese (mulukhiyah in English).
Soy Milk Ramen – image © Chris Rowthorn
For an additional Y550 at lunchtime, you can order your ramen as a set and get a nice plate of tasty, mostly vegetarian appetizers. Note that they only make a certain number of these plates a day, so don’t be surprised if they’re sold out.
Set Plate – image © Chris Rowthorn
There’s an English menu and they seem pretty comfortable with foreigners here. That said, the service can seem a little brusque at times, but don’t take it personally – everyone gets the same treatment. And, it’s worth it for the excellent food.
Shokudo Terase Exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
1F Gionshijo Jissai Bld., 7 Yamato-cho, Yamatooji-dori-Shijo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku
11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, closed Monday
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Gion-shijo Station, Keihan line
Website: Official website (Japanese)
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