Yes, Kikunoi is really one of our favorite “Ryotei” or restaurant of fine Japanese cuisine (Kaiseki) located in the Gion-Maruyama district of Kyoto.
To celebrate the visit of Akiko’s parents and our son 21st birthday, we managed to get a table in July. We choose to have lunch and took the basic course (about yen 10,000 per person). It was, as usual, a memorable experience.
Don’t forget, it is not easy to make a reservation to this place. If you’re interested, let us know and we’ll try to help.
Menu for Fumizuki (July)
Hassun (Appetizer): Assortment of appetizers: Hamo (pike conger) sushi; tilefish and cucumber roll: octopus roe; salad of fresh wheat gluten and dried green gourd with sesame dressing and shiso flowers; baby abalone; brook shrimp; pickled (saffron) ginger
Mukouzuke (Sashimi): Sashimi of blanched hamo and tai (red sea bream), pickled ume (Japanese apricot) puree curled cucumber, shredded green gourd, yellow Chinese Chives, Wasabi
Futamono (Boiled dish): Hotpot of Kamo eggplant, hamo and burdock roll, winter gourd, red Manganji pepper, taro, ginger brunoise, Kyoto greenbeans, pine nuts, wolfberries
Nakachoko: (Uni (seaurchine) tofu, wasabi jelly, wakame seaweed puree
Shiizakana (Grilled dishes): Grilled Kamo eggplant, yuzu, mustard, green taro stalk
Gohan (Rice): Hamo rice, Kinome herb;
Jyowan (Soup): Burdock root soup, burdock root chips, seven spice powder;
Konomono (Pickled vegetables): cucumber and eggplant pickled in rice bran, mustard
Mizumono (Desert): Chilled Kudzu starch noodle, black sugar sorbet
Kikunoi Kaiseki Restaurant
459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0825