Monk and Japanese cuisine turned on its head: a course meal culminating in the best pizza in Kyoto
Monk is a restaurant by Chef Yoshihiro Imai, who trained at one of the best pizza restaurants in Kyoto... As we’re in Kyoto, there is something kaiseki in the dinner here, at least in the number of dishes: you’re served seven. But the most special one for most people here probably is the sixth one: pizza. A course meal centered around pizza is something pretty unique in Japan, if not the world.
The best word to describe Monk would probably have to be intimate. The restaurant seats a maximum of 14 people, and only has two tables: the other seats are at the counter. You get to view as Chef Imai works the fire of his huge pizza oven right in front of your eyes: you even get to feel the heat radiating from it.
The specialty of this restaurant is the vegetables it serves: they’re fresh from the Ohara area of Kyoto, an area renowned for the beauty of its nature. Most of the dishes here are quite simple, but still full of flavor, as the ingredients themselves are allowed to shine.