Friday, April 12, 2013

kyo-ryori (in other words, crazy expensive but amazing kyoto food)

If you couldn't already guess from the post title, our trip to Kyoto was mainly about Kyo-ryori, or Kyoto cuisine. Our first stop was a restaurant tucked away in Arashiyama called Shouraian, which specializes in tofu course meals. I saw it on Tokyo Eats (really amazing blog!) and couldn't resist making a reservation.

Needless to say, it blew my socks off. We even had tofu ice cream at the end!

Then we did some sightseeing at the Golden Pavilion. We tried to go to the Silver Pavilion also, but by the time we got there it was closed. We strolled the Philosopher's Path instead.

Then we went to a Kaiseki restaurant hidden in this really shady alley in Gion called Gion Nanba. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs cook our meal.

I couldn't really understand what anything was, but it was all delicious. They were so nice about trying to explain the food too--they had a dictionary with food terms, which they kept bringing out to us. Sometimes I felt bad about eating the food because it was so beautiful! Like works of art. If you get a chance, definitely try a Kaiseki meal; I promise it's like nothing you've ever experienced.

Next, Nara and Osaka!

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