We didn’t have a preplanned dinner place in mind after purchasing the knife at Shigeharu. But the shop was just 3 bus-stops from Mitsui Garden Hotel, and in our frequent walks to Karasuma Station, we’d passed by this 24 hour-open restaurant with an attractive looking shopfront along Shijo-dori. The restaurant never quite seemed crowded and had a nice ambiance, so, we decided to give it a go.
The restaurant’s name is Yayoiken, and offers a variety of standard Japanese fare and ordered through coupon purchases. True enough; there weren’t many patrons at the time we dined at about 5:00 PM. Ling had a beef with onions stew in a hot pot, and myself a tonkatsu with prawn tempura-side set. Each was at 890円, and tasted, well, ordinary. Moreover, it was fairly expensive fare, considering that the God-of-All-Katsus-Restaurants, i.e. Katsukura, was offering similar and way yummier fare for just slightly higher prices.
Still, the restaurant was elegantly decorated, and we took our time to dine in this restaurant without feeling the same rush like other restaurants to eat and make way for other patrons queuing up (there weren’t many even when we were done there though – uh oh). It’s nice to have a 24 hour-open restaurant near our hotel, but I don’t think we’re gonna come back here for seconds.
On the other hand, Katsukura is beckoning to us after this try-out of Yayoiken. We just might head there again on our last night in Kyoto. For Yayoiken, we’re rating it a…