Kikunoi (菊乃井), Kyoto

The reason why I revisited Kikunoi was not because of its stars, but rather the whole experience in getting the feeling of dining in a traditional kaiseki restaurant.

It’s a restaurant where you get a huge private dining room if you are dining with a group of friends. You can enjoy the view of the little garden from the room. In that case, it would be fun.

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The experience on the whole would be great for first time Kyoto visitors. But I wouldn’t regard their food is exactly ‘traditional’, nor would I say I am a fan for their food.

My last visit here was years ago, and throughout these years of kaiseki experiences in Japan, I discovered I didn’t enjoy Kikunoi as much as I did before. Would I go back again? Probably not.

Kikunoi (菊乃井)
Address: 459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (京都市東山区下河原通八坂鳥居前下る下河原町459)
Tel: +81-75-561-0015
Website: http://kikunoi.jp/

 

Visited on: 14 November 2016
Hours: Lunch – 12pm to 2pm; Dinner 5pm to 8pm
Chef: Yoshihiro Murata

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