Funatsuru, Kyoto style French restaurant

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Funatsuru is a Kyoto-style French restaurant set along the Kamo River with views of the Higashiyama mountains and nearly 150 years of history. The building itself was built almost 100 years ago. You can read about the history of this restaurant here.

I made a reservation for a window seat. When making the reservation, the staff could not guarantee a window seat for me but will try their best. We were fortunate on the day of our arrival that we were given a window seat. The view was beautiful – The river, mountain, and sky. The staff who greeted us was graceful and pleasant. She could speak decent English.

There are two different lunch courses. One is for ¥ 3,000, including an hors d’oeuvre, soup, main dish, dessert, bread, coffee, or black tea. The other is for ¥ 4,500, including an hors d’oeuvre, soup, a fish dish, a meat dish, dessert, bread, coffee, or black tea. We decided on the ¥ 4,500 lunch course.

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The course started with a turkey mushroom pâté followed by a soup. The soup was interesting. It tasted like a saltish and mild cafe latte with cocoa nibs. The waitress did describe that it was some kind of coffee soup.
Next, we had the flounder wrapped in pie pastry. I love this dish! The flavors in this dish were mind-blowing. The fish was cooked to perfection. The buttery, flaky crust accentuated the natural flavor of the fish. The tomato-based sauce further boosts the already delicious flavor of the pie. Even now, I can remember the flavor. A very memorable dish!
We had the duck with apple and root vegetable sauce next and, lastly, a white chocolate cream cheesecake.
I really enjoyed the food. Each one was delectable and beautifully presented. I would recommend this restaurant for the food. However, it was noisy in the restaurant, probably the noisiest restaurant I have been to in Japan. Most of the customers were rich middle-aged women, and they were loud. I did not enjoy that. Lucky for us, we got there around 1 PM, and the noise began to subside half an hour later as some were finished with lunch and left. The last order for lunch at the restaurant is 2PM.

 

Funatsuru

Websitehttps://www.funatsuru.com/en/restaurant/

Opening hours: 12 PM to 22:00 PM (closed on Tuesdays)

Telephone: +81 75-351-8541

Address: 180 Minoyacho, Kiyamachidouri Matsubara-Agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

 

 

The living room with sky bar, Nagoya

The living room is on the 18th floor of the Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Nagoya station. As I stayed at the hotel, I had the pleasure of dining at the restaurant. The restaurant has a chic decor with earth tone color base colors. For hotel guests, the breakfast buffet price is ¥ 2,220, and for non-hotel guests, it is ¥ 2,400.

 

 

A good healthy selection of local and western food incorporating flavors and ingredients unique to Aichi. The ingredients were very fresh. Of course, you get the usual hotel breakfast buffet spread. There was bacon, sausages, french toast, scrambled eggs, pastries, toast, and salad for the western cuisine. There was congee, rice noodles, steamed vegetables, tamagoyaki (egg rolls), grilled chicken breast, and salmon for Japanese cuisine.  I had an enjoyable hearty breakfast with a fantastic view of the city.

The restaurant also offers lunch and dinner courses.

 

 

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The Living Room with Sky Bar

Website: http://www.livingroom-skybar.com/http://202.32.204.49/nagoya-premier/eng/breakfast/

Breakfast hours:  6:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Telephone: +81 52-446-5422

Yasube, Okonomiyaki, Pontocho

Yasube is a family-run restaurant in Pontocho serving Okonomiyaki. There are many variations of Okonomiyaki on the menu, with different ingredients that you can choose to add to your Okonomiyaki. I would say that the prices are very reasonable, one of the cheaper places to eat in Pontocho. The son speaks good English, and there are English menus available.

We had the yaki-udon with pork and kimchi (¥ 950) and pork and seafood combo with egg okonomiyaki (¥ 950). It was served on the hot plate that was on the table. I liked that we were free to put the sauce and toppings on the okonomiyaki ourselves. I have had okonomiyaki, and sometimes the sauce was too much for me. This would be the best one of the okonomiyaki I have had both in Kyoto and Osaka. I think the minced pork made a big difference. In previous okonomiyaki’s, I had added pork slices instead of minced pork. The minced pork made the okonomiyaki less dry and gave it a savory sweetness.

Yasube

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 12:00 PM to 19:30 PM, Thursday to Saturday 16:30 PM to 23:30 PM, Sunday 15:00 PM to 22:30 PM

Telephone number: +81 75-221-2613

Address: 142 Umenokichō (Pontochōdōri), Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8012, Japan