FOOD IN KYOTO.
What is life without salad?
I only have the luxury to visit this graceful and historic city for a day, but I am adding in a few food places that I wished I have visited in this less than seven hour trip. Give them a try and let me know your thoughts? The city is beautifully decorated with blooming sakura when I was there and there are so much to offer, my only regret is that I did not allocate more time for Kyoto.
Snack from Kyoto Station. It's a very big station with a lot of snacks, coffee & food choices.
This delicious deep fried wagyu beef is about 10 mins walking distance from Kyoto station.
Opening hour: 11am-10pm
We went back to Kyoto Station for some hot coffee and strawberry cake with fresh cream after our lunch, as we needed to take a bus from Kyoto station to Nijo-jo Castle. Name of the coffee shop is OGAWA COFFEE - strong coffee, satisfying.
Tea break at Nijo-jo Castle. Behind the castle, or after the exit from the park (you will understand when you get there), there is a big matcha restaurant. We had their matcha Softserve and matcha dessert bowl. I loveeeeee it! The bitter matcha taste, creamy, slightly sweetened. There is another option, even stronger matcha and hence more bitter, but that was sold out. You know what to try when you are there! BOTH, of course!
There are some stalls just outside the matcha restaurant. I bought some good and rather cheap sake and plum wine. If you don't have a sake or Umesyu everyday you are doing it wrong. hehehe!
opening hour: 8.45am - 5pm
This is a very traditional restaurant. They have been serving sushi the same way it was served since 100 years ago. So, if you are curious how does traditional sushi taste like, this is the place. They do not serve food with wasabi and shoyu. It is not encourage, and not allowed.
operating time: 10.30am - 7pm
Due to time constraint, perhaps limited stomach space in six hours, or some places that were booked out, I have a few places on my list that I feel is worth going for. If you do try them, give me your feedback please? The few places that I intend to visit but unable to. . Partly because I was too ambitious, aiming to eat at every hour.
1. Kichi Kichi Omurice (special silky egg on fried rice)
operating hours: 5pm-9pm
Tips: this place has become very popular after the making of Kichi Kichi Omurice video went viral so a booking is required, which I did not do.
2. Nishiki Market Shopping Street (streets of stalls for food and other stuff that are reasonable in price)
operating hours: 9:30am-6pm
3. Kobe Misono (kobe teppanyaki)
operating hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm
4. Tenshu (tempura restaurant)
operating hours: 11am-2pm & 5:30pm-9pm
5. Sushi-Kappo Nakaichi (quality sushi & good sake)
operating hours: 12-2pm & 4:30pm-10pm
I strongly advice to check on operating time before making your way to any location.
The place where Kichi Kichi Omurice is, is a very central location. There are hundreds of shops available there. Many small shops along the alley as I walk towards Kichi Kichi Omurice and of course, we grabbed some snacks during that short and interesting walk. It is the most interesting place to be at, many bars and restaurants, and beautiful too. A bit of heritage.