Katsukura, Kyoto

Katsura is a restaurant specializing in tonkatsu.  There are multiple branches in Kyoto. I went to the Shijo Teramachi branch. There are counter seating on the top floor and table seating on the lower floor. Katsukura prides themselves on using high-quality pork and ingredients. There are three categories of zen-sets (Sangen pork tonkatsu, tonkatsu, and … Continue reading Katsukura, Kyoto

Zen Cafe, Kyoto

I was looking for a cafe near my hotel in the Gion district to have Japanese dessert and tea. I was browsing through Google map and this cafe caught my eye. The cafe is under the long-running confectionery shop "Kagizen Yoshimura", which was established during the Edo period. I missed the chance to try the … Continue reading Zen Cafe, Kyoto

My first meal in Kyoto

  My first meal in Kyoto was dinner at this small homey Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant on Sanjo-jingu-michi. The owners were two lovely elderly couple.  The menu was simple with a variety of Okonomiyaki, noodles, and stir fried dishes. There is no English menu available. Luckily, my sister could read and speak Japanese. My sister … Continue reading My first meal in Kyoto

Nishiki market, Kyoto

Nishiki Market is a four-hundred-year-old market. It has both modern and traditional shops selling fresh seafood, vegetables, souvenirs, local sweets, pickled vegetables, popular local food and etc. The market is very clean and packed with locals and tourists. It is a great place to explore local produce and savor Kyoto specialties. It is definitely worth visiting. One … Continue reading Nishiki market, Kyoto

Sukiyaki, Gion, Kyoto

After a long day strolling around Gion district, my sister and I settled down at the Doishibadukehompo (土井志ば漬本舗京都駅ポルタ店) restaurant for some sukiyaki. This restaurant has three floors. The first floor is a pickle store, selling all sorts of Japanese pickles. The second and third floor are for dining. Sukiyaki is a popular Japanese hot pot dish. … Continue reading Sukiyaki, Gion, Kyoto

Kagizen Yoshifusa, Gion, Kyoto

Kagizen Yoshifusa is a long-established sweet shop in Kyoto making Kyogashi (Kyoto sweets).  The interior is furnished with old style furniture and wood panels - very vintage.  All confectioneries are beautifully handcrafted. There is also a cafe located at the Gion branch offering a simple menu consisting of Matcha, mochi, Japanese cake, and their house … Continue reading Kagizen Yoshifusa, Gion, Kyoto

Pontoiru (Japanese- Italian cuisine), Kyoto station

Pontoiru is a modern Kyoto fusion pasta restaurant located on the 11th floor of The Cube shopping mall at the Kyoto station. The menu is seasonal and English menu is available. There is a special set menu where you can have two different pasta (obviously at a smaller amount each), a drink and a dessert for … Continue reading Pontoiru (Japanese- Italian cuisine), Kyoto station