Kichi Kichi, Kyoto’s famous Omu Rice

Located in one of the alleyways in Pontocho, is a small and cozy restaurant established in 1978 serving one of Kyoto's best Omu rice.  It took us a while to find the restaurant, even with the help of google maps. We went back and forth along Pontocho main street, trying to find the right alleyway. … Continue reading Kichi Kichi, Kyoto’s famous Omu Rice

Kishin Kitchen, an intimate culinary experience in Kyoto

  I got to know about Kishin Kitchen as I searched through google for a place to have breakfast. This place was on the list, and the reviews were positive. As my brother will be accompanying me on this trip, and it is his first trip to Japan, I thought it would be nice to … Continue reading Kishin Kitchen, an intimate culinary experience in Kyoto

Sushitetsu, Pontocho

Sushitetsu is located on the first floor of the building next to the Pontocho kaburenjo theater. It was recommended by the receptionist in the hotel me and my brother was staying at. She said that both locals and foreigners dine there and the price is reasonable. After splashing quite a bit on more expensive meals … Continue reading Sushitetsu, Pontocho

Musoshin ramen, Kyoto

Musoshin is just a stone's throw away from Kyoto's oldest Zen temple Kenninji. Like most ramen restaurants, it's not very big. It has seating for 12. This is my first encounter with average service in Kyoto. The atmosphere was cold and dull, the staff was expressionless half the time. The guy who greeted me though … Continue reading Musoshin ramen, Kyoto

Café Blue Fir Tree, Kyoto

I stumbled upon this café as I was searching for a place to have breakfast near the vicinity of my hotel. The café is located along one of the alleyways in the Gion district. They are famous for their thick, fluffy hotcakes. The interior has a rustic feel with a laid-back and cozy atmosphere. There was … Continue reading Café Blue Fir Tree, Kyoto

Menya Takakura Nijo, Kyoto

Menya Takakura Nijo is a ramen restaurant off the beaten path in Kyoto. It is less than a 10-minute walk from the Karasuma Oike subway station. It is a cosy little eatery with 9 counter seats. Orders and payment are done through a ticket machine which is only available in Japanese. The staff are friendly, … Continue reading Menya Takakura Nijo, Kyoto

Itoh Dining by Nobu, Hakone

  Itoh dining is a Teppanyaki restaurant in Gora, Hakone. It is stated on their website that the restaurant is in collaboration with chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa who is a Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur. From the reviews I read about the restaurant, it seemed like a popular restaurant. I wanted a counter seat so I made … Continue reading Itoh Dining by Nobu, Hakone

Bakery & Table, Hakone

  Bakery & Table is a cafe/ restaurant situated along the shores of the beautiful Lake Ashi.  The ground floor is the take-out bakery. There are varieties of bread and cakes, jams, dips, sauces, and drinks. There are also chairs and tables both inside and outside available.  The first floor is the cafe, where one … Continue reading Bakery & Table, Hakone

Katsukura, Kyoto

Katsura is a restaurant specializing in tonkatsu.  There are multiple branches in Kyoto. I went to the Shijo Teramachi branch. There are counter seating on the top floor and table seating on the lower floor. Katsukura prides themselves on using high-quality pork and ingredients. There are three categories of zen-sets (Sangen pork tonkatsu, tonkatsu, and … Continue reading Katsukura, Kyoto

Zen Cafe, Kyoto

I was looking for a cafe near my hotel in the Gion district to have Japanese dessert and tea. I was browsing through Google map and this cafe caught my eye. The cafe is under the long-running confectionery shop "Kagizen Yoshimura", which was established during the Edo period. I missed the chance to try the … Continue reading Zen Cafe, Kyoto