This branch of a Kyoto chain is perfect for an inexpensive home-style lunch. On the Philosopher's Path between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji, it's an ideal place to recharge between sights. Omen refers to the house specialty: men means noodles, and Omen's fabulous udon noodle soup is fantastic. Served broken down to its components—a basket of noodles and a platter of seasonal vegetables beside a bowl of steaming broth—it's meant to be consumed at a leisurely pace.
Add what you like to the broth, plus some roasted sesame to taste. The salted mackerel is also excellent. The restaurant is country-style and comfortable, with a choice of counter stools, tables and chairs, or tatami mats. Reservations are accepted only on weekdays.
Oct 12, 2004
Very good udon as you might imagine, but color me underwhelmed. Basically, if you love kyoto-style cooking (i.e. fragrant but bland) this place should make you happy. Otherwise, can't say it's worth the trouble. The pressed saba sushi is very good though.