Pontoiru (Japanese- Italian cuisine), Kyoto station

Pontoiru is a modern Kyoto fusion pasta restaurant located on the 11th floor of The Cube shopping mall at the Kyoto station.

The menu is seasonal and English menu is available. There is a special set menu where you can have two different pasta (obviously at a smaller amount each), a drink and a dessert for 1340yen. I ordered the Pollock roe & shrimp with cream sauce pasta,  duck pasta with cream sauce, matcha latte, and pudding with taro ice cream. My sister decided to go with the a la carte menu and ordered the oyster with leek and scallion pasta in ginger butter sauce. The pasta were all delicious, each with its unique Japanese flavor.  The ingredients were very fresh.

The matcha latte was smooth and rich.  The pudding was refreshing. It had a jello-like texture. It was not too sweet, and the matcha sauce gave it a nice tea flavor.

If you want to taste something a little different from the traditional Japanese dishes, this is a good alternative.

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Tully’s coffee, Kyoto

I have never been a fan of Matcha.  I never understood how people could like it until I went to Japan during my Christmas break. I had my first Matcha drink in Kyoto at Tully’s coffee and instantly fell in love with it. My sister and I were looking for a cafe to have breakfast near the Yasaka Shrine and we came across Tully’s coffee.

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