２７８ Shingoryōguchichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8146, Japan
Sun - Sat 12pm - 1pm, 5pm - 7pm
Kanga-an One might expect a formal feeling from a restaurant inside a temple, and Kanga-an takes that ambience to the next level with various private dining rooms hidden away behind shoji screened sliding doors. The restaurant specializes in shojin-ryori cuisine, a style introduced to Japan from China by the monk Dogen, founder of Zen Buddhism. The cuisine eschews meat, dairy, and strong flavors such as onion and garlic. While it’s admittedly not for everyone, each small bite of food is an ornate work of art. Don’t miss the serene bar in the adjacent building, where you can sip sparkling sake while gazing onto a candlelit Zen garden.