Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Roan Kikunoi, Kyoto

Good things come to those who plan ahead. We were so lucky to get to Kyoto
with the cherry blossoms in full bloom and booked all of our restaurants through our hotel concierge.
Tip: do not leave it until you arrive to chance a booking.

Roan Kikunoi is a Michelin-starred restaurant and offers a menu that is dictated by the chef's own personal tastes.
As we arrived, we were ushered to a tatami room upstairs and greeted by smiling and bowing lovely kimono-clad waitresses.
We had the most impeccable kaiseki (elegant Japanese meal served in succession) experience at Roan Kikunoi. Coarse after coarse beautifully presented dishes kept coming. Every dish has its own unique twist and flavour based on a seasonal theme.  New textures and flavours repeatedly ignite my taste buds 
and I became like an excited child! 

Sake with fragrance of cherry leaf

Skewer of Miso-marinated avocado, smoked salmon and simmered tuna,  grilled squid
with Nori seaweed and egg yolk, fava beans, mountain yam "butterflies", 
poached egg-bearing octopus, Tai (red sea bream) Sushii with Kinome (prickly ash leaf),
Yurine (lily root) petals, Udo stalk petals


Tai (red sea bream), Sagoshi (Spanish mackerel) with Ponzu jelly seaweed, Wasabi

Koshibi (baby tuna), marinated egg yolk sauce

Guji (tilefish), cherry leaf, sticky rice with cherry blossom petals, 
Warabi, toasted rice crackers, ginger juice

Smoked cherry trout 

Tofu with Kinome-Miso 

Tai milt Tofu, Ponzu jelly

Presenting our rice.
Rice with bamboo shoot, green peas soup and Japanese pickles.

Japanese pickles

Rice with bamboo shoot

Green Peas Soup

Almond jelly with basil seed, strawberry

All done in 1.5 hours.
This has got to be the fastest kaiseki we had in Kyoto this time!

Roan Kikunoi Kyoto

118 Saito-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Kiyamachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku,
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8012

*Place reservations through your hotel concierge.

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