A new kind of Kyoto cuisine in a down-to-earth vibe
About 15 minutes’ walk south from Nijo Castle is this restaurant. Masaki is in a quiet residential street not far from the Sanjo shopping arcade, a place where locals come and go to shop. This inviting restaurant is run by a warm and friendly owner-chef.
The chef has a storied career preparing kaiseki-style cuisine at Kyoto restaurants like Kodaiji-Wakuden and Mizuki - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. His long years of training have produced an innovative cuisine that can be enjoyed at the 10,000 JPY mark. It’s a delight to be able to enjoy authentic kaiseki cuisine at a reasonable price.
The standout appeal of Masaki is the generous portions of delicious food carefully selected and prepared by the owner.
If you want to relax, have fun, and eat Japanese food, this is it. What is great is that the chef is a fan of Western food, too, so he actively incorporates non-Japanese touches into the menu. All the same, the fare is decidedly Japanese, with these little twists kept to a subtle degree. Each and every dish at Masaki is unique in this way and well thought-out -- and they’re delicious and satisfying.
The chef does not speak English, but his hospitality cannot be beat. He will be sure to greet you with a smile. If you want to eat delicious Japanese cuisine in Kyoto, this is a great bet!
*You’ll need a reservation, so we recommend making one through your hotel’s concierge.