Authentic kaiseki cuisine in the atmospheric Gion Higashiyama area
On the northern side of Kodaiji Toyokawa there is the shrine of Yasaka and Kodai-ji Temple, and on the southern side Kiyomizu Temple, so there are many sightseeing spots close to this restaurant.
This restaurant surrounded by sightseeing spots is very Japanese, with sliding doors and tatami mats, so at it, it’s easy to relax. Besides their counter seats where you can enjoy their cuisine even if you’re alone, they also have private seating where you can relax with your friends or family (reservation needed). The cuisine here is made by Mr. Nakamura, who has spent years perfecting his craft in many of the most famous restaurants in Kyoto. Mr. Nakamura puts a lot of emphasis on seasonal vegetables and getting the most out of their taste. I hope you will get to enjoy the elegant but gentle taste of Toyokawa.
/ ￥12,000 (+10% service charge)
The Toyokawa kaiseki course contains 12 dishes. The local ingredients are carefully cooked one by one. Kaiseki cuisine is served to you one dish at a time. The dishes served in order are all very pretty and have a complex taste, so wondering what you’re going to be served next is fun. The tableware also plays an important part in making the dishes look even prettier. I think it may be a nice idea to also take some time to look at the tableware while you’re eating.
This very satisfying course contains 11 dishes. Shojin ryori means Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that does not include meat or fish and uses only non-animal based ingredients such as vegetables and tofu. The dishes have simple flavors, but there is a simple deliciousness to their taste. Like Toyokawa kaiseki, this course too is made using seasonal ingredients so that you can feel the current season. I hope you will enjoy the vegetables from Ohara the chef has chosen and the delicious goma dofu (sesame tofu).
/ ￥550 and up
They stock seven types of sake, mainly delicious ones from Kyoto. Sake goes well with the dishes, so I hope you will order a cup when you come to this restaurant. It’s nice that you get to choose your sake cup (ochoko) yourself. They have many types and shapes of ochoko, so how about choosing one and enjoying sake from it?