For the Saint Valentin’s dinner, we decided to go somewhere special and choose Chihana, a Michelin Three Stars restaurant.
This restaurant offers some of the finest in Kyoto traditional seasonal cuisine. It is a very small, intimate place with mainly a counter for eight guests and two private rooms (four and eight guests). The style is what is called “Itamae Kappo” (板前割烹) or chef’s cuisine. Guests can directly see how master chef Katsuyoshi Nagata prepares the dishes in front of them.
We wanted to be alone and reserved the small room, but many people prefer the counter to see the chef’s work and discuss about the food they eat.
The restaurant setting is nothing special but the location is great, just a few minutes from Gion Shijo station. They got their Michelin Three Stars thanks to the quality of the food and their cooking skill, I guess.
We took the basic Chihana Course and it was wonderful.
千花 Chihana – Our Menu
１３．And we finished this feast with a Mixed Fruit juice
Each one of the dishes of the Chihana course meal was like a finely tuned instrument in a symphony of flavor and texture. A memorable experience!
(We heard about some mixed reviews this restaurant had on TripAdvisor. We enjoyed our dinner very much and this is the reason we’re mentioning and recommending this place. No more, no less. Kyo Kaiseki food may be surprising at time and may not be for everyone. But as they say, your mileage may vary.)
For more information and for reservation (required), check out the Chihana web site.
584 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto