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“A must visit in Kyoto”
Review of Janbo

Janbo
Ranked #189 of 12,507 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price range: US$ 7 - US$ 9
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Oh my God, I miss this place so much.
If you're visiting Kyoto, and want to try local casual/street food, visit this place, but make sure you take at least one friend as this eatery serves huge portion. Be ready to queue - but it's worth waiting.

My recommendations are - pork okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) and yakisoba (fried noodle). Don't get hit by flying mayonnaise! ( and make sure you don't say "no" when they ask you if you'd like mayonnaise on okonomiyaki)
You can take away the food, but I recommend you to eat in to enjoy the informal atmosphere.

Staff are super friendly, as well as most customers.
Clientele mostly locals including students, so don't wear your best dress and high heels. Be a part of Kyoto locals.

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4  Thank CatDanae
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5 - 9 of 54 reviews

Reviewed 19 October 2014

This restaurant is especially loved by students who need to eat a lot for cheap ! The quality is very good and the service very efficient ! You would always see a huge crow from outside especially around 19h. The best time to get a place is after lunch (1pm around) and at the beginning of the time (5pm). Don't forget to check the open time of the shop !

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3  Thank Agath4
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Nice staff and decent prices. The food is great but certainly not everyone's thing. The topping is made of various sauces and with herbs and fish flakes sprinkled on top of it. If you are not sure whether you like it or not, ask the staff to leave half of the dish without topping.

1  Thank Marco P
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Good food, friendly staff . The pancake was particularly good, inexpensive too, small pancake or yakisoba for one person each costs 550 yen with meat. I would go again !

Thank TangLisi
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Reviewed 15 February 2013 via mobile

Me and a group of 5 others visited This restaurant last night and we were more than satisfied. Service is fast, and you can tell that the chefs have it all down to a science. We kneeled in front of our grill tables (separated by 3's at 2 tables) and were immediately approached by one of the cooks. Who despite the language barrier, was patient and very helpful in explaining what our options were. Though he did seem thrown for a loop when we explained that one of us were vegetarian. He took a moment to figure out a solution to cater to my friends diet. Offering him his own okonomiyaki with finely chopped vegetables. He made sure that he was taken care of and from that point on, gave our table the options of small yakisoba with pork for the meat eaters or a jumbo vegetarian yakisoba for everyone to enjoy. Superb. Different chefs would tag in to continue grilling our meal while the other would grab glasses of water and welcome other patrons, the whole operation quick and efficient, moving like a well oiled machine.

The okonomiyaki was spectacular, it was like a giant omelet pancake filled with a bunch of tasty ingredients. Winning over my best friend who has never been a fan of eggs as a meal. That paired with our yakisoba upgraded our meal to a small feast. All of us stuffed and satisfied from the experience and kind crew. Even the local patrons seemed to enjoy our visit, visibly smiling and welcoming us to the restaurant as if they were host and hostesses.

After all was said and done, this huge dinner for the 3 of us came to 1750¥. Incredible.
If you've eaten enough ramen for the time being and are looking to try something new. I couldn't recommend this place enough.

5  Thank Shakir T
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