Funatsuru, Kyoto style French restaurant

Funatsuru is a Kyoto-style French restaurant set along the Kamo River with views of the Higashiyama mountains with close to 150 years of history. The building itself was built almost 100 years ago. You can read about the history of this restaurant here. I made a reservation for a window seat. When making the reservation, the … Continue reading Funatsuru, Kyoto style French restaurant

Yasube, Okonomiyaki, Pontocho

Yasube is a family-run restaurant in Pontocho serving Okonomiyaki. There are many variations of Okonomiyaki on the menu with the option of different ingredients that you can choose to add to your Okonomiyaki. I would say that the prices are very reasonable, one of the cheaper places to eat in Pontocho. The son speaks good … Continue reading Yasube, Okonomiyaki, Pontocho

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