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Isetan department store is connected to Kyoto Station, making it a convenient choice for meals near the station. On the ninth floor, with views north over the city from window-side seats (make reservations for these), is this combination restaurant/beer hall offering food that pairs well with its extensive list of locally brewed beer and sake, with many dishes listed on an English-language menu and rendered in plastic for the food display case. The dinner menu includes the likes of grilled chicken, deep-fried prawns, salmon with yuzu dressing, and other dishes, but there are also set dinners described only in Japanese and that give the option of all the beer, wine, sake, and other drinks you care to drink within 90 minues for an extra ¥1,575. The set lunches provide several options for the main dish, such as sashimi or steak. There are two other Ichiba Coji restaurants in central Kyoto: in the Teramachi covered shopping arcade, in the basement of the Withyou Building (075/252-2008); and in the basement of the Mitsui Building, Shijo Karasuma-Higashi (075/253-1461).