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Kyoto style food, private rooms, decent kids plate
Price: 1250 yen
Located on the 6th floor of Kawagoe Maruhiro, Gin Yuba offers Kyoto Cuisine presented in the Teishoku form; Japanese style set meals. It is named after its main staple; Yuba, a product made from soybeans.
The selection on the lunch menu is quite decent. They don't have English menus, but there are good photos on the Japanese menus so you can order easily from them. You can also see their full menu on their website. The Guru Navi Japan Restaurant Guide site offers reservation support in English for this restaurant. Currently their kids meal is half price. Only 250 yen for a fairly healthy and filling meal served on a shinkansen plate. It comes with a drink and you can chose one toy from a small selection. The regular lunches come with a complimentary serving of tea and they provide water for free too. When you order the lunch the main part is served to you at the table and you are given a rectangle shaped tray with 3 sections so that you can help yourself to 3 side dishes of your choice from a selection on a table near the door. The restaurant loses a star from me for this reason; the food is laid out openly where everyone is passing and only some of it is enclosed. The selection isn't great either. The food is quite tasty and as one of my children has a dairy allergy I like that most of the food uses soy milk rather than dairy; even the desserts.
There is seating for 82 people. You can chose a table or a private room where you sit on the floor at a low table. This is particularly useful when you have small children. The staff are friendly, efficient and helpful.