Biotei: Super Popular Central Kyoto Vegan, Organic & Macrobiotic Cafe
Great Value at this Long-Standing Healthy Spot Located at the Heart of the Gion Festival Action
Biotei's lunch sets are great value
Biotei has been serving up its excellent, inexpensive organic and macrobiotic fare for over thirty years. Whilst not solely vegan or vegetarian, they are more than happy to cater to vegan and vegetarian requests, and are - unlike many small Japanese eateries - experienced in catering to customers with particular dietary needs. If you are in town for the Gion Festival (running from July 1st until July 31st, with the main highlights July 15th to 17th), Biotei is right in the heart of the festival parades and Gion partying.
We love these Kishu Kobai sour plums from Wakayama
The special lunch sets at Biotei are especially popular (¥850; +¥300 for vegan menu). They are in Japanese teishoku style, with a main and smaller dish served with organic wholegrain genmai rice, or half-grain haigamai.
All dishes do not use any food additives or artificial seasoning. On a recent visit we seriously considered trying the Natto omelette (¥850), but finally opted for the day's lunch: deep-fried tofu, organic potato salad with miso soup and pickles. We added a splended Kishu Kobai pickled plum (plus ¥85)
Organic potato salad with apple
English menus are available in and the staff can speak some English too. Biotei is conveniently located in central Kyoto, diagonally across the street from the main Sanjo-dori Post Office, a short walk from the Kyoto International Manga Museum. It's on the second floor. Look out for this signboard.
If you like this, also check out the excellent Kyoto vegan fare at Veg Out, Mumokuteki Cafe and Ohara Sanso. Also look forward to our upcoming feature on 'Being Vegan in Japan', our printable bilingual 'Vegetarian and Vegan Information Sheet' and more restaurant reviews. All coming soon to FGL.
Other great options in the vicinity of the Gion Festival include the ramen shops Eitaro, Manpuku and Kyohei, the buckwheat noodle specialist Tagoto, the Izakaya Kyogoku Sutando, the Foodie joys of Nishiki Market, and the elegant, upmarket Kyoto Kaiseki/French specialist, Gion Okumura. For the finest sushi in town, head to Sushidokoro Man.