Apr. 14, 2020 UPDATE
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Enjoy a seat at the tatami counter, the evolution of Kyoto’s Kaiseki
Though the neighborhood of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station is a bit far away from Kyoto's lively downtown, it is an interesting area dotted with well-established shops and new shops alike. Within that area is the Japanese cuisine restaurant Nijo Sokkon. Inside the restaurant is a space with the style of a teahouse, and a moderate air of tension drifting about. What stands out are their furnishings : the counter is made out of tatami mats and tea utensils are set out for making matcha greentea. While the consideration and flow of Kyoto's traditional kaiseki cuisine is at the foundation, the restaurant is dominated by arrangements all its own. They bring out dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients, mixed with an exquisite balance of sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness. They even prepare hardened block-type soy sauce for the sashimi. Furthermore, the dishes are entertaining because they come in a variety of shapes and colors. Also, at the end of a course meal, you can drink matcha made by the owner. Overall, one can affirm that Nijo Sokkon is a restaurant where you can experience the evolution of Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine. The owner cannot speak any foreign languages; however, if you like kaiseki or Japanese cuisine, you should absolutely stop by. *Reservations are preferable before coming to the restaurant. Reservations need to be made through avenues such as a hotel concierge.
Courses / Dinner：￥8,000 / ￥11,000│Lunch：￥3,500 / ￥5,000 *Prices are pre-tax
The course meal is composed of dishes with various textures, temperatures, and aromas. We remember being surprised and moved by the traditionality and originality of the contents of each and every dish. The flatware is interesting because it is modeled after masterpieces from long ago, with various shapes and colors. *Course menus are changed at irregular intervals.
Craft Beer 馨和KAGUA / Blanc ￥1,200│Rouge ￥1,200
By using a wine glass, you can enjoy the full-bodied aroma of Japanese-made craft beer all the more. The carbonation is subdued in both the Blanc and the Rouge, and they are extraordinarily compatible with Japanese cuisine. The Blanc is characterized by the aroma of fresh yuzu (a Japanese citrus), with a modest sweetness and bitterness. The Rouge has a creamy taste, accented by the spicy flavor of Japanese pepper.
Drink Matcha Green Tea
When you order a course meal at night, you can drink matcha green tea at the end of the meal. The owner uses matcha utensils to carefully make each and every cup right in in front of you at the counter. After making the matcha, the owner puts his head down and bows, so remember that etiquette and manners dictate that you bow at the same time. The matcha tea is slightly thick, with a mellow flavor and rich aroma.
How to Order
Course menus are changed at irregular intervals. There are no foreign language menus. The beverage menu includes a collection of Japanese sake, beer, Japanese-made wine, sparkling wine, plum wine, shochu, whiskey, and soft drinks.
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None of the staff members can speak any foreign languages, and there are also no foreign language menus. If you have any questions, food preferences, or food allergies, you should inform the restaurant via your hotel concierge when making a reservation.