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    A hidden prestigious Chinese restaurant on a backstreet

    “I wanted to open a restaurant which is loved by locals at my own pace,” the owner and chef, Akihiro Sone, says.  While he was looking for a location for his new restaurant, he discovered a small machiya traditional townhouse on a backstreet in the Nishijin area.  His restaurant started quietly without any advertising or big PR campaign.  However, it didn’t take long for Sone’s unique cooking skill acquired while he was working for a hotel restaurant and reasonable prices to receive a lot of attention and customers by word of mouth.  Meirin is not a “hidden” restaurant any more but one of the most popular in Kyoto.  His mapo tofu (spicy Sichuan style tofu and minced meat dish) seasoned with aromatic Japanese pepper and other Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine offerings are really worth trying.  Both a la carte and a course menu are available.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in the “Shinto Shrines in Kyoto” magazine, Fujin-gaho, August issue, 2010.


    Name Meirin
    Address 511 Teraima-cho, Kuromon-dori Seiganji-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075‐441-7597
    Hours 11:30-14:00 (L.O.), 17:30-21:00 (L.O.)
    Closed Mon. and closed irregularly on other days
    Recommended A 5-min. walk from Seimei Jinja Shrine; Mapo tofu: 900 yen, Lunch of the day: 1,000 yen.