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#2,922 of 11,669 Restaurants in Kyoto
$$ - $$$
City Center
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Mibubojocho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8804, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-821-1250
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Chennai (Madras), India
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The food quality at this restaurant is probably better than many restaurants in India! As a South Indian traveller longing for some familiar food, we went to this restaurant. And we were left gobsmacked! The vadas, dosa, rasam etc that we had ordered were truly delicious. The chef Arogiyasamy was there to meet us we had a great time talking... More 

Thank Holidaymonger
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Nice food and kind staff, but beware: Extremely small portions! We ended up ordering two main dishes (chicken Tika Masala and Chicken tandoori) which were literally miniscule, 1 portion of bashmati rice for 600+ yen which was practically half a plate and two Nan (to try to fool our hunger after the meal) . Total cost:3040 yen! Inadmissible in my... More 

Thank Dimitris V
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Came to Thilaga with family. Pretty good south Indian food, with an okay vegetarian selection, but what really stood out was the decor. I ordered a paratha set with a vegetable curry. The waiter nicely informed us before hand that the set would take 15 minutes to arrive as they only had one stove. The parathas were worth the wait... More 

Thank Iago_Hermosillo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

We are glad we chose to eat at Thilaga. We had a fantastic experience. The food was very delicious. We chose the food recommended by the waiter and it didn't disappoint.

Thank Bente Birk J
Okinawa, Japan
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130 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Having had south indian food in over a dozen countries I can certainly say that the food was pretty average, but the fact that this is the only south indian restaurant in town makes it worthwhile!

Thank faisalm88
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

Now I'm an Indian food expert. My husband I have lived in India. We know it and we love it. This is by far the best Indian food I've ever eaten. The curry is so delicious. The spices in the curry is pure magic. Expect the best! I can't believe I had to come to Japan, Kyoto of all places... More 

2 Thank Melly S
Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015 via mobile

We came here in December 2014 and had a great time. We were a bug group and the staff were very accommodating. Highly recommended.

Thank trollette83
Fargo, North Dakota
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

This is the only place I've found in Kyoto serving genuine South Indian food (dosa, vada, rasam, pongal, etc.). As such, it's fair to say it's the best South Indian food in Kyoto. Compared to the food you actually get in South India it's not the greatest, but if you're in Kyoto and in the mood for masala dosa this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$9
Restaurant features
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mibubojocho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8804, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-821-1250

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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