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“Homely and unique experience in the heart of Kyoto!”
Review of Mikoan - CLOSED

Mikoan
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We were recommended this place by a friend who had been earlier in the year (also on the advice of a friend). It took a little bit of finding, but was well worth the effort we went to in locating it.

Situated in an alleyway behind the shop fronts, the first impression upon arrival is that you're dining in someone's private household. A long bar is set up with stools, and for 1000 yen you can sit at the bar while a Japanese lady who doesn't say much at all serves you a set menu of vegan treats.

Although the food was wonderful, the highlight of this experience for my partner and I was getting to sit down and eat and converse with locals at the same table. We had some excellent conversations and on top of that played some music with some other diners on the piano and guitar that were located just next to the bar.

Definitely a heart-warming and quirky experience.

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3  Thank ChildrenOverboard
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Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

If it wasn't for heavy odour of cat urine, the place could be alright. Deasent value for money on lunch 850¥. Lovely cat mut very messy kitchen.

1  Thank Semu S
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

As confirmed vegetarians we were getting by on scraps and leftovers till we chanced upon this gem! For the first time we ate with the confidence that stock up, the food conformed to vegetarian standards.

As others have pointed out, it is a small place, and assaults the senses when you first enter, but a very charming place. The food is cooked right in front of you as you wait, and the three of us had different dishes in our set lunches! Made for a great sharing experience.

Great value for money and highly recommended.

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2  Thank Shankar_V
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

For a thousand yen the set menu is both great value and delicious. The restaurant (more of a front room of the owners's house) is very un-Japanese; it's packed to the roof with cat artwork, books,CDs..not to mention a rather cute cat. The clientele (there's only room for ten people sitting at the bar) are a mixture of locals and tourists - we were treated to a jazz piano session by one of the the locals and some acoustic rock by another whilst chatting with a charming you h lady who wanted to practice her English.. We were kept entertained!

The food is strictly vegetarian - no dashi in the Mizo soup, no egg and no dairy products used on the food. Our set dinners were slightly different so we shared and tried each others.

Recommended for vegetarians and anyone who fancies eating somewhere a little different

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Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

I loved this restaurant! As other people have said it is tricky to find without directions so it helps to look it up online first. Once you walk down the tiny alleyway it does feel like you are walking into someone's house but you are in the right place! It is very small but great food and well worth searching out. The food is cooked in front of you and is great whether you are vegetarian or not. I can't recommend this place enough, this was my favorite place we ate in Japan

Thank Koduck
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