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Somushi Kochaya

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City Center
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73 Mikuracho Karasuma 3-jo Nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8166 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-253-1456
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Burlington, Vermont
1 review
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Hello, I can't speak for the food. But the only thing I can tell you was that I went there 3 times and I was sent away all three: the first one I was too close to their closing time; the second one it was too late after lunch; the third one they had run out of the vegetarian dish.... More 

Thank ramiro2k
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Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

Rare quality, great products, simply prepared, vegetables cooked just like they should, overall we had an excellent veggie dinner The design is exceptionally nice (except that the chairs can be a little uncomfortable).

Thank OlivierB852
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

We had lunch there once as we were staying in a hotel opposite the road. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic and the decor amazing. I have lived in korea for 1 year and have not seen something similar. Dishes are average however. I ordered the curry chicken which had no chicken at all. But ok you go there apparently for... More 

Thank Georgios F
Tel Aviv, Israel
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is such a special place..There is a hand made touch to this place.I had orange tea that was very good ;presented in beautiful pottery .Had the whole place to myself + street view in the afternoon.Very calm and enchanting tea house,high quality food and the service is so pleasant.Maybe a bit expensive, but worth it.

Thank naomipo A
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Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

We were shattered after a 12 hour flight and the lovely tea and calm atmosphere were a real blessing. We left feeling revived and sooo much better! I can't remember the tea we had but it contained lots of ginger and honey.

1 Thank Nippy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2014

Wonderful food, delicious teas, excellent cakes, and a beautiful atmosphere. The restaurant is just gorgeous inside. My husband had a curry for 1,000 yen and I had the amazing vegan bibimbap for 1200. We shared a wildly delicious spiced cake for dessert. I'm not normally a really huge fan of Korean food but this was very good, with well-balanced spices... More 

1 Thank Emilierose23
Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

This artful teahouse was a wonderful surprise. We walked in off the street, drawn by the decor, and so glad we did. I had a vegetable tempura with a curry sauce, and my partner a bowl of pumpkin soup. It can't explain the crafted, full of life, delicious experience. And then, the tea. Goodness. Go try it - you won't... More 

Thank ianisalifestyle
St Malo
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2009

Nice atmosphere and authentic decoration with a lot of natural materials and old furniture plus art gallery exhibition. Excellent food in Korean cooking style Originally a tea house but serves also lunch and dinner at reasonnable price

Thank ne_faubry

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Restaurant Details

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Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly
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  • Address: 73 Mikuracho Karasuma 3-jo Nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8166, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-253-1456

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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