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.
/ Dinner：￥5,000 、￥10,000 │Lunch：￥16,000
The course meals include an assortment of unique and specially chosen dishes. All dishes at Jiki Miyazawa is refreshingly simple, prepared efficiently without waste, and evokes a neatly arranged sense of order. The carefully crafted meals, prepared to bring out the inherent flavor of their ingredients, can be enjoyed in great quantity without leaving you overwhelmed. The dishes served in the course meals will vary depending on the price, season, and day, so we recommend you take a visit and experience it for yourself. (Photo is of the famous “Fried Sesame Tofu.”)
Kame no O Kurabu/1 go (6.1 oz)
/ ￥1,700 (1 glass ￥1,400)
At Jiki Miyazawa, customers can enjoy not only Kyoto sake, but brands from various regions of Japan. We especially recommend “Kame no O Kurabu.” This sake, crafted at a small brewery in Kyotango, features a well balanced mix of acidity and sweetness, with a mild flavor. The aftertaste is refreshing, and is recommended even to customers who are not particularly familiar with Japanese sake. What’s more, when you order “Kame no O,” you will be served “Yasakatsuru” water, which is used to process the sake.
This delicious water is both strongly sweet and soft. So if you are not a heavy drinker, we recommend you try this water instead of the sake, as it will allow you to still experience the waters which gave birth to this famous brand of sake
Tsubu miso chirimen (dried whitebait)
Chirimen fried in white miso. This delicacy will appear at the end of your course, together with freshly cooked rice. Faintly sweet and faintly spicy, this Tsubo miso chirimen has an exquisite flavor, and goes incredible over steaming hot rice. The fragrance of green Japanese peppercorns will waft through your nostrils with a cool elegance.
After enjoying this meal, you’ll be thankful from the bottom of your heart, so we highly recommend taking a visit.