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 Fuji is a sushi set that contains eight types of sushi, squid, tuna, kanpachi (greater amberjack), octopus, cockles (shellfish), snapper, prawn, and sea el (anago).
After eating this set, you’ll understand that the way of preparing each type of sushi is different. I also hope you’ll try the “gari” you get with the sushi, as gari is actually ginger, so it helps to warm your body, as sushi makes your body colder. This is a set of sushi, so it’s nice for those who cannot decide what to order.
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!
Sashimi Assorted (5 kinds)
This assortment includes kanpachi, tuna, tai (sea bream), squid, and salmon (ingredients may change seasonally). Besides squid, each sashimi is served in two slices. If it’s your first time eating sashimi, you get to eat different kinds of sashimi little by little, so you can find out what type of sashimi you like. Like sushi, sashimi is dipped into soy sauce, but at this restaurant, you can also ask for gluten-free soy sauce if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
They have many types of sashimi on the menu, so if you can’t decide what kind of sashimi to order, please order this assortment.
/ ￥1,000 (4 pieces)
Mackerel sushi is a type of traditional sushi in Kyoto that is a local delicacy. This cured sushi was popular in the ancient times when raw fish was difficult to transport to Kyoto, as Kyoto is located inland. Mackerel sushi is the most famous of the traditional ways of enjoying sushi in Kyoto.
Mackerel sushi is even sold in supermarkets in Kyoto, and it’s almost an everyday staple in Kyoto.
As you eat the mackerel sushi at Kikyo Sushi, you get to feel how nicely pressed it is: the rice and fish feel as if they were one. The fatty mackerel melts in your mouth and is delicious. The sushi tastes a bit strongly of vinegar, and it’s a special kind of taste, but the people of Kyoto have loved this taste for a long time, so I recommend this to those who want to try the soul food of Kyoto.