Kendonya | Kyoto

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Kendonya entrance
Kendonya entrance

What an adorable family restaurant Kendonya is. You can feel everything is made with love and the result is an amazing plate of fresh food in front of you.

In case you are visiting the Fushimi Inari Taisha temple, Kendonya is the perfect place to stop for lunch. I could spot many locals there and the place doesn’t seem to get packed, although being very small. And in case you don’t have any wheat intolerance, give their homemade udon noodles a try. Hubby loved them!

My order

Hubby was crazy to try their homemade udon noodles, so you pretty know what he’s ordered. I got my beloved chicken and egg rice bowl. More details below:

  • Mine: Chicken and egg rice bowl with miso soup side and some veggies that I don’t remember what they were. 😀
  • Hubby: Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – udon with pork broth, breaded pork cutlet, and rice.
Chicken and egg rice bowl
Chicken and egg rice bowl
Chicken and egg rice bowl sides: miso soup and I don't remember what is the other thing. :D
Chicken and egg rice bowl sides: miso soup and I don’t remember what is the other thing. 😀
Pork cutler set B (tonkotsu sauce) - udon with broth
Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – udon with broth
Pork cutler set B (tonkotsu sauce) - pork and rice
Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – breaded pork cutlet and rice

Hmm, my belly warms up only by the thought of eating that rice bowl again. The chicken broth used was spot on! Deep in flavour and with a wonderful smell. Man, I could have a mug of that broth right now.

Hubby was very happy with his choice as well. Said the pork cutlet was crispy and moist. Also, the udon didn’t disappoint him.

The verdict

If my mother was Japanese I would say I was eating at her home! Such a good place with amazing food, definitely feels like homemade comfort food. I wish I could teleport back there to try something else this weekend. 😐

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate well in English.

Bill: $1750 Yen ($22 AUD) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/Xvi9oE1ZhG12

Extra information: www.kendonya.jimdo.com

Kinugasa Zen | Nishijin District – Kyoto

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Kinugasa Zen entrance
Kinugasa Zen entrance

Close to the Kinkaku-ji temple (a beautiful golden one, hard to miss :)) you will find this very honest restaurant: Kinugasa Zen. I say honest because you can have a good and tasty meal for a ridiculous amount of money (A$18 – for two people.)

They claim to home-make their own udon noodles, which is fantastic to be honest. Tasty broth and many tempura options to go with your udon. In case you are not a deep fried food fan (like me) you can get the raw egg udon too, exactly the one I’ll show below.

My order

For our meals, Hubby’s tried some udon with chicken tempura (very adventurous, as usual) and I decided to go with something less greasy:

  • Mine: Atsutama Bukkare Udon – with a raw egg.
  • Hubby: Tokiten Bukkare Udon – with chicken tempura.
Atsutama bukkare udon
Atsutama bukkare udon
Atsutama bukkare udon - with broth
Atsutama bukkare udon – with broth
Tokiten Bukkare udon
Tokiten Bukkare udon

In case you are worried about the raw egg, as the broth is extremely hot, as soon as you add it to your bowl and mix the egg in, it will cook perfectly! So, forget the fear and go for it. 🙂

Turning to the tempura, despite being deep fried, it’s not greasy at all. And according to hubby, after adding the broth, its crunchiness gave the dish a special texture. Of course, this is not gluten free and I don’t remember seeing any option on their menu.

The verdict

For that price and food quality, I would totally recommend. There are no many restaurant options in that area, the few ones are close to the temple and packed with tourists. If you want something more traditional and quiet, go there and you will not regret.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate a little in English.

Bill: $1510 Yen (A$18) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/ENZHea6cSBk