Haute it may be, traditional or modern kaiseki in Kyoto doesn’t necessarily have to be scarily-pocket-burning expensive. It just takes some research to find one that’s excellent, reliable, famous, and affordable (never say I’m easy to please, heh). After intensive analysis and cross-referencing, Giro Giro Hitoshina (枝魯枝魯ひとしな) seemed like the best bet so Giro it was!
Giro Giro (I love saying the name out loud! Gi-ro gi-ro, lol) is a small restaurant along the Takase-gawa canal, with funky-looking chefs churning out a 9-course meal for less than ¥4000! Don’t plan on showing up without a reservation cuz I’ll hate for you to make a wasted trip. Which you will, since it’s extremely popular and perpetually a full house everyday!
Our multi-course meal was fun, innovative, and I could tell that a lot of thought and effort went into each beautifully presented dish. Beware though, there’s a looooong wait between each course (the poor guys with us were really hungry, haha) and dinner easily stretched over 3 hours~
The menu changes regularly depending on the seasonal produce so what you see below won’t be what you get. That said, I’m 99.99% sure that you won’t be disappointed with whatever that’s served!
I really enjoyed the experience. And I think you will too : )
420-7 Nanba-cho, Nishi Kiya-machi-dori, Higashigawa, Matsubarashita, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Aji sushi, pumpkin, mint.
Okra, zucchini with camembert sauce, potato-shrimp ball, tai fish, conger eel, crab in seaweed paste.
Cold miso tomato soup, unagi, winter melon.
Fried fish, eggplant, cabbage, tartare sauce.
Young corn, miso paste, mustard seeds, grapefruit jelly (inside the duckie).
Tako, ginger rice, egg soup.
Custard tiramisu, blueberries in plum sauce, orange jelly with mint, banana panna cotta.
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