Choshoku Kishin, a popular Japanese breakfast restaurant in Gion, opened a cafe at Maana Kiyomizu, a boutique hotel. The cafe is conveniently located near numerous ancient heritage sites, such as the Chishaku-in and Rengeō-in temples.
Kissa Kishin serves breakfast and brunch dishes, incorporating Japanese ingredients, and is one of the few cafes in Kyoto that opens early at 7:30 a.m.
The staff were friendly, and they have English menus. The menu comprises 5 plates (Kissa Kishin Kyoto “Signature Breakfast,” Weekly special Sandwiches & Soup, Homemade Granola, Kishin’s Koji Bread with homemade jam, and Grilled Omusubi with Japanese-style soup. There are also additional dishes ( seasonal fruits, fried potato ..etc.), a variety of drinks, and cakes. Gluten-free and Vegan options are available.
I got the Kissa Kishin’s signature breakfast which consists of a green pea soup, koji bread, and an omelet with pickled onions and plum sauce served with roasted seasonal vegetables and salad with crispy shirasu (baby sardines). The Omelet was soft and fluffy, the plum sauce gave a bit of acidity and sweetness while the bonito flakes added a smoky umami note. The koji bread was my favorite, fluffy yet chewy with subtle nutty undertones. Everything was delicious.
Kissa Kishin is a great place to start off the morning.
Website: https://www.kishin.world/kissa , https://www.instagram.com/kishin.kissa/?hl=en
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. – 16:00 p.m., Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Address: Japan, 〒605-0932 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Myohoin Maekawacho, 427-18 MAANA KIYOMIZU