Enjoy a Kyoto kaiseki dinner—which draws out the potential of each ingredient—with heartfelt hospitality
Located near Nishiki Market—the “kitchen of Kyoto” and the most bustling part of the city—sits Jiki Miyazawa.
At this restaurant, diners can enjoy Kyoto kaiseki (Traditional Japanese course dinner) dedicated to drawing out the natural flavors of the ingredients.
The cuisine at Jiki Miyazawa is prepared under the foundation of simple Kyoto style kaiseki cooking. One of the distinctive characteristics of this restaurant are the dishes, which appear simple at first glance, but reveal an elaborately layered and painstaking dedication to quality when you bite into them.
Each dish is prepared through an extremely detailed process in order to bring out the absolutely best of the ingredients’ natural flavors.
For example, the famous “Fried Sesame Tofu.” This is a very simple dish, consisting of fried sesame tofu, a sauce prepared using only salt and honey, and sprinkled with plenty of roasted sesame seeds. But one taste will flip any impressions you may have about this plain-looking dish. The instant you bring a morsel to your mouth, the fragrance of sesame spreads like an explosion, then slightly thereafter arrives the mild sweetness of the sauce—devotedly prepared with non-additive ingredients—and the buttery texture of the painstakingly crafted sesame tofu. This trio of sensations—a powerful first impact, and then a harmony of flavor and fragrance, with a subsequently gentle aftertaste—combine to form a richly satisfying dish which draws upon every aspect of the flavor filled ingredients.
In addition, one can sense the particular creative choices that are in play, such as the use of antique dishware and tableware made by modern artists for the standard dishes.
And what’s more, the superb quality of Jiki Miyazawa is reflected not only in its food, but in its customer service as well. Upon being seated at the immaculate minimalist wood counter, a wait staff will arrive to face you directly and bow their head in greeting.
As each dish is brought out, it will also be accompanied by a detailed explanation of the ingredients and preparation method. Such a heartfelt show of “omotenashi” (hospitality)!
We hope you will enjoy a wonderful meal at Jiki Miyazawa, where each flavorful dish is presented and prepared as an integral part of the restaurant itself.