In Fall 2017, a new star emerged in the Kyoto dining scene, Kyoto Gatten Tempura Pub. Combining the fine art of tempura with the trendy wagyu boom, Kyoto Gatten created a completely new dish to rival the tastiest tempura restaurants and kushiyaki restaurants in the land. With its succulent flavorful wagyu beef enveloped in a crisp exterior, their meat tempura alone is worth the visit.

Especially popular with foreign visitors due to its tasty dishes, convenient location (right at the entrance of the highly popular Pontocho district), its English menu, open kitchen style, friendly atmosphere and helpful staff accommodating both standing pub and sit-down dining, Kyoto Gatten is a destination you'll want to visit.

Lunch + Matcha Experience

If you needed any other reason to dine at Kyoto Gatten, in June 2019, they unveiled a new lunch menu geared towards international visitors.

Your meal comes with a mini "culture sampling" with a focus on matcha, giving you a hands-on experience of preparing and enjoying this popular form of green tea.

But before we get into the matcha experience, let's take a look at their visually appealing and mouthwatering menu!

Lunch Featuring Best of Japanese Food

First, their Masu-sushi Godan 「升寿司5段」is a modern twist on sushi presented in clear square dishes for a beautiful presentation.

Price: 1,980 JPY (excl. tax)

Their Gatten Gozen 「勝天御膳」is a luxuriously appointed lunch set allowing you to enjoy both sushi and tempura in the same meal.

Price: 2,980 JPY (excl. tax)

And when it comes to beautiful presentation, you'll want to switch to video mode when you order their soba and tempura lunch set, the Jo Ten-Seiro「上天せいろ, since it comes on a "sea of clouds"!

Price: 1,580 JPY (excl. tax)

Matcha Experience

Through a special instructional video (see below) and information panels provided at your table, you'll learn how to serve matcha, prepare it by whisking it with a special bamboo whisk, and drink it in the authentic style. The matcha itself is made with premium green tea from Kyoto's Miyakosaryo Tea Company.

Kyoto Gatten's Gorgeous Menu

Of course, your choices for lunch or dinner are not limited to the new menu, and you'll also be able to choose from Kyoto Gatten's famous wagyu tempura or other delicious seafood dishes:

Geared Towards International Visitors

Through their new menu, their presence on social media and easy-to-understand YouTube videos introducing the restaurant and how to get there, Kyoto Gatten has made itself even more appealing to international visitors.

Restaurant Information

  • Tempura Pub Kyoto Gatten
  • Address: 1st Fl, 170 Katsuya Bldg., Kashiyacho, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: 075-746-2002
  • Hours:
    Mon-Thur 11:30-15:00 / 17:00-23:00 (Last order / Food: 22:30, Drink: 22:45)
    Fridays and days before national holidays: 11:30-15:00 / 17:00-24:00 (Last order / Food: 23:30, Drink: 23:45)
    Saturdays: 11:30-24:00 (Last order / Food: 23:30, Drink: 23:45)
    Sundays and national holidays: 11:30-23:30 (Last order / Food: 22:30, Drink: 22:45)
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  • 2 minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan Main Line)
  • 1 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line)

By - Ben K.