Set in an old Kyoto house, Gion Karyo is a kaiseki restaurant located in the heart of Gion. It is a great kaiseki place for people who are not as familiar with Japanese cuisine or not adventurous (like myself). The food served at Gion Karyo is nothing too alien or unique to the taste buds. If you have any food restrictions or allergies, you can let them know in advance, and they will prepare your food accordingly. The staff speaks sufficient English, and there are English menus available.
The interior decorations were simple, with not much ambiance.
I made reservations in advance. When you are presented to your seat, there will be a menu ready on the table. The price for the lunch course is ¥ 5000.
The dishes were beautifully presented. However, for me, it lacked in taste. Most of the dishes tasted similar and were a little bland. There was no wow factor for me.
The highlight for me was the dessert and coffee. For dessert, I had some kind of matcha arrowroot dessert accompanied with ice cream and caramel cake. My brother had the Crème brûlée. The matcha arrowroot dessert tasted like matcha jelly with evaporated milk and soybean flour – very fragrant.
Overall, the food was basic and average, especially for the price. But it is definitely a foreigner-friendly restaurant.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30 Am to 8 PM
Telephone: +81 75-532-0025
Address: 605-0074 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Minamigawa, 東山区祇園町南側570-235