Area:Kyoto

Information about things to do in Japan, restaurants, films, destinations and more.

Review excerpt: The first thing you should know about Izuju’s Kyozushi (Kyoto’s sweet style of sushi) is that it’s best eaten without soy sauce. The condiment is not offered on each table, but will be provided if you ask. After visiting the restaurant, I ...

Review excerpt: The Fuchidaka bento lunch (¥3,000) at Ajiro, which changes in accordance with the seasons, opened with a briny, cold sake that acts as a palette cleanser. This was accompanied by goma-dofu (sesame tofu) topped with a perfectly sculpted mound of grated ginger ...

Review excerpt: The standard ¥1,460 zaru-soba set (cold soba served on a basket accompanied with a dipping sauce) at Soba Dokoro Sasaki becomes a hearty meal with extra toppings such as tempura prawn, eggplant and perilla, as well as sides including pickled radish and ...

Review excerpt: Unsurprisingly, what you get at Tempura Endo Yasaka is mostly tempura. Endo’s take on the tempura canon includes a few standouts, particularly the tai (seabream), which was wrapped inside a perilla leaf and encrusted in fried batter. The shiitake mushroom comes wrapped ...

Review excerpt: Sarasa Nishijin is a sentō (bathhouse) — well, it used to be. But using the past tense here belies how much of its old spirit still lives on. The waters may have drained away — replaced by sofas, tables, chairs and people ...

Review excerpt: Hyakushokuya, “100 meal shop,” makes 100 meals a day — and that’s it. The daily challenge for staff is to make and serve them as fast possible, so that they can take the rest of the day off. It seems that this ...

Review excerpt: Opened in 2014, the restaurant is nearly as long as it is narrow. Its counter seats six, and is angled parallel to the street. Behind the counter, in the narrowest of kitchens, Moriwaki and his staff of two move wordlessly as the ...

Review excerpt: Pacuchi Deli in downtown Kyoto doesn’t disappoint with its take on the country’s signature noodle dish. It leans a little too heavy on the sweet side — a combination of the chili sauce, sugar and fish sauce — but this could just ...

Review excerpt: Grill Aoi is often described as a yōshuku (Western food) joint, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. Yes, the bulk of the menu is Western-themed: steaks, hamburgers, croquettes, potato salad, fries and fried shrimp. But, as with nearly all guriru the ...

The cafe, or “Chocolat Bar,” as it’s called in Bel Amer parlance, is on the second floor. But getting to the small flight of stairs that takes you there might take a while — the shop on the ground floor has hundreds of varieties ...

Review excerpt: Sara's hassun is an appetizer plate that typically combines various seasonal ingredients. Chefs often try to outdo each other in the presentation of this dish, often clearing entire forests in their efforts to foliate the dish. But Koji Hayashi, the chef and ...

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