Kyoto is well-known for kaiseki (traditional multi-course cuisine) so I had to have one Kaiseki meal. However, a kaiseki dinner is extremely expensive and start at about 15,000 yen per person ($150 + CAD). BUT! I found a lunch time deal at Roan Kikunoi (菊乃井)!!!
Kikunoi is a trio of Michelin-starred Kaiseki restaurants. The main branch in Gion has 3 stars; while the Roan branch and Tokyo branch have 2 stars. Roan is the more contemporary, less formal and more accessible (price-wise) of the 3. The lunch kaiseki price is extremely reasonable (4,200yen 7,350yen 10,500yen). We were there just for the experience and settled for the cheapest set.
I really appreciate the personalized touch!
This is a really delicious meal but from a kaiseki experience standpoint.. this wasn’t as authentic. The food wasn’t presented that artistically and the whole meal was a bit too rushed (finished the whole meal is slightly over an hour). I guess this is what you get for a fraction of the price. Still, it was a good meal and experience.
So we were seated next to this Japanese couple and we talked about our travels, the restaurants we’ve tried and my blog.. anyhoo, they called me a “food guru”. Lol.. so not true but it inflated my ego a tiny tiny bit. haha!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Roan Kikunoi 菊乃井
118 Saito-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Kiyamachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto