Oct. 26, 2017 UPDATE

Kikyo Sushi

- 桔梗寿司 -
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Because of their hospitality, Kikyo Sushi is loved by both locals and visitors from overseas alike
Kikyo Sushi is a sushi restaurant with a long history located just a few minutes from Nijo Castle in Horikawa-Marutamachi. The restaurant is really popular, and this is not only because of the reasonably priced sushi, but also because of the heartfelt hospitality of the master sushi-chef, his wife, and his son. The son of the chef speaks fluent English, and uses a tablet to explain the specialties they have on offer that day, so ordering here is really easy. He’s also an official sake sommelier called “Kikizakeshi” so if you want to know something about sake, just ask him, and he’ll tell you what type of sake goes best with the kind of sushi you’re ordering. Many sushi places in Kyoto may seem like they’re not that welcoming, but Kikyo Sushi is an exception. The restaurant could be said to be the most foreigner-friendly restaurant in the whole of Kyoto. And their lunch sets start at under 1,000 yen!
Sushi and Tempura Combo
Sushi and Tempura Combo / ¥1,800
You get four pieces of nigirizushi, and another four of makizushi, and tempura. After your order, the wife of the sushi-chef will fry the tempura for you, so you get to eat it fresh. The tempura is also one of the most famous dishes of the restaurant.
Seared bonito
Seared bonito / ¥1,000
The restaurant has their own secret ponzu-sauce (a citrus-based sauce), and here you have seared bonito in it with both ginger and garlic, and its topped with copious amounts of green onion. This menu item is really popular, and the ponzu sauce is so delicious I almost wanted to drink it all, so be sure to try this!
Medium Fatty Tuna Sashimi
3Let's Try!
Medium Fatty Tuna Sashimi / ¥1,500
The sashimi here is fresh and delicious. The medium fatty tuna sashimi is something you should have with some sake before eating the sushi. Remember to ask the son of the owner what kind of sake you should order with the sashimi!
Red miso soup
4Let's Try!
Red miso soup / ¥300
This red miso soup is made using the Japanese fish Ara. It tastes great with the sushi.
How to Order

They will explain their menu to you using a tablet, all in English. They are really thorough, but if you have something you want to know, just ask them! They will answer in fluent English. 

- Order Tips -

They have gluten-free soy sauce for those who are on a gluten-free diet. But regardless of what type of soy sauce you’re using, be careful of using too much of it! 

4.3 food4.0 service5.0 atmosphere3.8
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
4.3 food4.0 service5.0 atmosphere4.0
Kikyo Sushi is quite a special place because of their hospitality. Many "real" sushi restaurants are not very welcoming if you don't know Japanese, but at Kikyo Sushi, the son of the owner of the restaurant speaks even better English than I do! And he's also a sake sommelier, so this is the perfect place to get to know the world of sake better. The restaurant looks really traditional but welcoming. One of the best places in Kyoto for an authentic sushi experience, especially if you don't speak Japanese.
4.2 food4.0 service5.0 atmosphere3.5
This restaurant is one of the most popular on TripAdvisor, and now I know why. The food is delicious, but the star of the show is the welcoming atmosphere. They really want you to enjoy the dishes they serve. When my foreign friends come to Kyoto I’m going to take them to Kikyo Sushi.
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Kikyo Sushi / 桔梗寿司
Category Sushi
Phone +81 75-231-7361
Address 43 Daimonji-cho Aburakojidori Marutamachi-Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions The restaurant is 585 meters from subway Marutamachi Station.
Open Hours Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Wednesdays and sometimes on Tuesdays.
Price range
Lunch:~ ¥1,000 Dinner:¥3,000 ~ 5,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The restaurant is frequented by foreign guests so they are used serving foreigners. Don’t hesitate to enter the restaurant!
Menu Japanese and English.
Lanuages spoken English
Number of seats For 45 people.
Private dining rooms Yes (for 10-20 people). You need to make a reservation.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.

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