Enjoy seasonal cuisine through Kyo-kaiseki
Text: Yumi Oki / Photo: Kaina Honma
Kyo-kaiseki is a traditional Kyoto-style multi-course Japanese cuisine that is served in many dishes. It's also one of the things travelers should try out. Kikunoi is a famous Kyo-kaiseki restaurant that is listed in most of the guide books. They are traditional, indeed, but also has a counter bar seats that customers can casually enjoy conversation with the chef preparing dishes in front of them.
As they say, 'our recommendation is the seasonal dish', each food will entertain the eyes and body with seasonal ingredients. This hassun-dish, meaning its typical length of eight sun (about 24 cm) and is usually the second dish of the course that represents the seasonal theme, is November's menu. Golden ginkgo nuts and shimeji mushroom is served along with duck liver. There is a nice trick that the pine leaf on the top is actually a tea-noodle.
Mukozuke-dish shaped like a persimmon leaf served sashimi. Akashi's natural sea bream is delivered from Iwaya, Awajishima everyday in a beautifully pale and tasty state. Japanese butterfish is marinated with kelp and is served with ponzu-jelly. This original dish is fresh and has kept the fishiness to the minimum so is easy for the foreigners to eat as well.
Barracuda is marinated with miso sauce and placed in between cedar wood. Interesting to reveal what is between the cedar and also great aroma and taste. It's an art of kaiseki.
Bar seats and horigotatsu (low table over a hole in the floor) seats are at the 1st floor and is usually for people having difficulty in sitting on a Japanese tatami floor. They are thoughtful in offering various styles of seats.
ADDRESS: 118 Kiyamachi-dori Shijo-sagaru Saito-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto (map)
HOURS: 11：30-13：30, 17：00-20：30
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature