Kitayama is five stops on the subway from downtown Kyoto, but it might as well be a million miles away for the tourists who trudge around the city in search of Kyoto tropes: temples, shrines, teahouses and geishas who are more than likely tourists ...

Inakatei is a gem of an izakaya. Obansai (Kyoto home-style cooking) features heavily, but not exclusively, on the menu. And if it’s fish you’ve come in search of, then you won’t be left wanting.

In addition to being the capital’s longest running Israeli restaurant, Shamaim is also a fantastic deal: The all-you-can-eat dinner course is just ¥2,100 per person.

Run by a longtime Israeli expat and his wife, David’s Deli is part Israeli restaurant and part Jewish deli — the only place in town that serves hummus and p’tcha (calves’ foot jelly, full of collagen!), baba ganoush (mashed eggplant) and kasha varnishkes (buckwheat ...

The Israeli owner turns out tasty versions of such classics as falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and matbucha (stewed tomatoes and peppers), mixing imported seasonings with locally sourced veggies.

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