Shikisai Shiori – Seasonal dishes on the banks of the Kamogawa River
Shikisai Shiori is a restaurant located inside a charming traditional Kyoto townhouse that overlooks the Kamogawa River.
After taking your shoes off and heading inside, you’ll be met with a spacious modern yet traditionally Japanese dining area.
As the name shiki, meaning the four seasons, would imply, various aspects of Kyoto’s beautiful four seasons can be felt through the restaurant. One of these aspects is, of course, the food. With the desire to highlight the colors of the seasons through their dishes, and also paying particular mind to sourcing locally, Shikisai Shiori uses solely Kyoto kyoyasai vegetables from Kyoto-based contracted farmers.
Even the meat used is high-quality beef from the famous Fushimi butchery “Nakaseii.”
Another aspect of Shikisai Shiori that showcases Kyoto’s distinct seasons is the restaurant’s actual space. While each season provides the restaurant with different views of Kyoto, Spring brings magnificent views of the cherry blossoms that line the Takasegawa River and from May to September, Summer gives you a view of Kamogawa River from the restaurant’s riverside terrace.
If you’re early enough and a little lucky, then you’ll be shown to a seat with views of the Kamogawa and Takasegawa rivers.
Paying special attention to the interior as well, Shikisai Shiori also provides patrons with the feeling of each season through their periodically changing art pieces and wall scrolls.
With its relaxed atmosphere and incredible views of Kyoto, Shikisai Shiori is the perfect restaurant for special occasions like anniversaries, dates and birthdays.
Shioriya Hamburger Steak
/ ￥2,000 (excl. tax)
The Shioriya Hamburger Steak is Shikisai Shiori’s signature dish.
100% Kyoto Tamba beef, the Shioriya Hamburger Steak is served medium rare, to get the most umami out of the beef. The hamburger is also made with gooey Japanese mountain yam, helping to give it a distinctly tender and juicy texture.
Also, weighing in at 300g, this singular hamburger patty is sure to be more than satisfying.
First cutting into the hamburger, you’ll be met by a river of meaty juices and egg yolk. The egg yolk mixes perfectly with the hamburger meat and might just be why its such an exquisite dish. Furthermore, the tomatoes and cheese that adorn the hamburger also help to contrast the rich beef with their acidic and creamy flavors.
You will also be given the choice of four sauces, a “Japanese onion sauce,” “Japanese demiglace sauce,” “red wine sauce” and “Japanese grated radish and ponzu.” The most popular of these is the “Japanese onion sauce.”
Kyoto Tamba Wagyu Shabu-shabu Set
/ ￥3,000 (excl. tax)
This Kyoto Tamba Wagyu Shabu-shabu Set Set comes with a color platter of small entrees, a roast pork salad, shabu-shabu, rice gruel and dessert.
Each of the affectionately hand-made appetizers are Kyoto specialties such as Nanzen-ji Dofu (tofu eaten at the Nanzen-ji Temple) and yuba tofu skin and contain the atmosphere of the ancient capital in each bite.
The meat used in the shabu-shabu is the same used in the Shioriya Hamburger Steak, high-quality Kyoto Tamba beef. To enjoy the shabu-shabu, take a single slice of the thinly cut beef and slowly pass it through Shikisai Shiori’s homemade, collagen-packed oxtail soup.
After getting your fill of shabu-shabu meat and vegetables, place your rice and a beaten egg into the oxtail soup and create “ojiya,” or rice gruel. While this dish may only need rice and egg, the leftover umami from the meat and vegetables in the oxtail soup gives it a deliciously rich flavor.
For dessert, choose one of the three available options, kinako tiramisu, matcha dango cake and vanilla ice cream.
Soy Milk Yuba Tofu Skin Set
/ ￥3,000 (excl. tax)
The Soy Milk Yuba Tofu Skin Set contains an assortment of meat sashimi, boiled yudofu, risotto and dessert.
The assortment of meat sashimi features grilled wagyu beef, roast beef and duck ham. Each of the meats have been prepared in different ways in order for you to get the most out of each.
However, the main attraction here is the Shikisai Shiori “soy milk oxtail soup” boiled tofu. This dish contains both the melt in your mouth texture and natural sweetness of soybeans, which make up both the soup and the tofu.
After finishing your boiled tofu, add cheese and rice to the soy milk oxtail soup and make yourself a risotto. Add black pepper, herb salt and powdered cheese as you please to create your perfect risotto. If you’re not averse to any of them, we recommend adding all three. The aromas of the herbs and flavors of the black pepper give the risotto an added accent that makes it just that much better.
This set offers the same three dessert options as the Kyoto Tamba Wagyu Shabushabu Set, kinako tiramisu, matcha dango cake and vanilla ice cream.
/ ￥680 (excl. tax)
Packed inside a very Japanese-esque wooden box, this Kinako Tiramisu is a wonderfully Japanese dessert with the unique aroma and flavor of kinako.
We recommend plunging your spoon into the tiramisu after pouring over a bit of the accompanying brown sugar syrup as the kinako mousse, sponge cake and syrup fuse into a singular body of deliciousness.
Also, with its strong nutty aroma, this dessert is sure to be irresistible for those lovers of kinako out there.
This dessert is also apparently so popular that it’s garnered its own regulars.
If you pour all the syrup over the tiramisu at once, it’ll all drip off the edge, so add only a little at a time as you work your way through the tiramisu.
While this tiramisu is a little on the small side, it does accompany the above-mentioned sets. Also, if you’re unsure which dessert to choose, we recommend going for this one.