Meat of Kyoto

November 24, 2019


          There are many meat restaurants in Kyoto. Recently, there is an increase in the meat restaurants where delicious meat can be eaten cheaply. It is thought that the increase of foreign tourists visiting Japan is also greatly affected. Surprisingly, Kyoto is said to be the prefecture with the highest consumption of beef in Japan.

At this time, we are going to introduce the history of meat in Kyoto and three meat restaurants in Kyoto which we recommend.

          First, it is said that the spread of beef among the common people was due to the appearance of Gyunabe (牛鍋) (Japanese stew using beef), the originator of Sukiyaki (すき焼き) at Meiji (明治) Period (1868 – 1912). After the war, ordinary people were not able to eat beef easily, but now they can eat it readily. So, we will recommend the meat restaurants where beef can eaten cheaply and delicious.


          This restaurant was just opened in 2017. This is a meat restaurant which has an atmosphere like a cafe. It is very fashionable, so even women can easily enter. There are counter seats and table seats that are easy to use by one person in the restaurant. The main menu items are beef steak, pork steak, rice bowl, curry and a set menu. You can get 200g extra beef for plus 600 yen and 200g of extra pork for plus 300 yen. And SNS campaign is also carried out. If you upload the photo with the restaurant’s information on SNS you can get one free drink (soft drink or beer). Most items on the menu can be eaten for about 900 - 1500 yen.

*Beef steak rice bowl 1200 yen (200g)

The portion size is large and meat is very tender. It uses a slightly hot soy based sauce. You can put some spices; pepper, cayenne pepper powder and salt, you can enjoy different tastes at the same time. (Rice bowl and curry includes a soup and pickles. Pork steak and beef steak includes a rice, salad, soup and pickles.)   

Beef steak rice bowl 1200 yen


            This restaurant is a steak house, and which was opened on August 2, 2016. It serves good quality meat for low price. In addition to the matured steak, the steak bowl is also popular. The meat of this restaurant is tender and delicious. Also, there are table seats and counter seats.  Inside the restaurant, it is a clean and spacious with a  relaxed atmosphere.

*steak bowl (ステーキ丼) 1,000 yen

(Only served at lunch time. It includes a salad and soup. A rice large serving is free.)

Meat is very tender.  The sauce of this steak bowl is a little sweet. But this sauce matches rice very well. In addition, you put some fried garlic and some fried onion as a topping, you can enjoy more delicious steak bowl.

Steak bowl 1000 yen

Niku Shokudou(肉食堂)

            A famous Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) store in Kyoto runs this restaurant. So, you can enjoy good meat for low price. At first you enter the restaurant and buy a meal ticket with the ticket vender on the right. After that, the salesclerk will guide you to a seat. Because this restaurant has a lot of counter seats in addition to the table seats, you can go to eat willingly alone. There are a lot of toppings on the table such as garlic chips and red pepper flakes, seven kinds of spices (七味唐辛子). So, you can enjoy the change of taste.

*Gorilla rice (ゴリラ飯) 880 yen

(It includes a salad and miso soup)

This is a bowl which has fibrous meat on rice. Spicy-sweet sauce soaks into the meat. This sauce matches rice very much. And taste becomes mellow when you mix it with an egg. Also, the laver is a good accent.

Gorilla rice 880 yen

Restaurant Information

・Name: NIKUZAEMON (食堂 肉左衛門)

・Address: Second Shinwa Hall F2, 46-2 Kita Yakake-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto

・Nearest station: about 5 minutes from Hankyu Saiin station on foot

・Phone number: 050-5594-5028

・Business hour: 11:00~15:00 (L.O.14;30) / 17:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:30)

・Name: TK house

・Address: 107 Suzaku apartment, 7 Higashi Nakamizu-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 10 minutes from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Saiin station” on foot

・Business hours: 11:30~14:15  18:00~22:00

・Regular holidays: Wednesday

・Phone number: 050-5592-4973

・Name: Niku Shokudou(肉食堂)

・Address: 25 Kashiwaya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 5 minutes from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Omiya station” on foot

・Business hours: 11:45~14:00  17:00~21:00

・Regular holiday: Irregular

・Phone number: 075-754-8282