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147 Jodoji Shimominamidacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8404, Japan

+81 75 748-1154

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Tucked away a 10-minute drive from central Kyoto it perhaps it's most pioneering restaurant, Monk. Despite not being a Japanese restaurant, Monk serves some of the most spectacular cuisine in the city and is a must-visit for foodies. Helmed by a Japanese chef, the restaurant serves a seven-course menu that specializes in wood-fired dishes and changes daily. The tiny dining room has a small bar and just a few tables, where patrons enjoy courses like roasted vegetables and duck with beets. The best part: the last savory course is always a pizza. The offerings change daily, but you can expect classics (margherita) as well as more offbeat flavors (nori or Kujo leek).

Written by Emma Pierce

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