I got to know about Kishin Kitchen as I searched through google for a place to have breakfast. This place was on the list, and the reviews were positive. As my brother will be accompanying me on this trip, which is his first trip to Japan, I thought it would be nice to try a Japanese-style breakfast.
Kishin Kitchen is attached to the Hana-Touro Hotel in Gion. The interior gave me the impression of a dining and kitchen area in a house. It had a warm and homey feel. The staff was welcoming and friendly. Two of them spoke good English.
The restaurant offers its signature breakfast for ¥ 2,500. The breakfast includes a starter, white rice, and a choice of soup. The meals were prepared by a young chef. He gave an explanation of each dish after it was served.
We had kumiage-yuba, a cold soy skin dish, as a starter. The texture was delicate with a refined taste. It tastes like cold soy milk with a hint of saltiness. I, however, was not too fond of the texture.
Before serving the rice and soup, we were asked to choose one out of five handmade bowls by different Japanese artists for the rice. They first served us about a tablespoon of ‘almost’ cooked rice to taste. One of the staff explained that the rice has a different flavor and taste before it is completely cooked. It had a stickier texture. The rice was cooked in a donabe, which is a special Japanese ceramic pot. We were then each served a small portion of rice. You can ask for refills.
The white Miso soup was one of the best I’ve had. The soup had a rich milky pork stock with a subtle Miso taste, garnished with thinly sliced scallions and a small dollop of mustard.
After everyone finished their rice and soup, they served us some scorched rice with a pinch of salt to taste. It was fragrant and delicious, kind of like salty rice crackers.
We were served pickles, Charcoal-grilled Maruboshi Sardine, rice, and soup. The sardines were a little salty, which went great with the rice.
There weren’t many customers when we were there, but I do recommend making a reservation. You are asked to choose a time slot when you make a reservation. Five different time slots are available each day; each time slot is an hour and 20 minutes. So do be punctual, we were 10 minutes late, and the other customers had to wait for us before they began serving the meal.
Though the meal was simple, I had a very memorable and intimate dining experience here. This was probably the first time that I paid attention to every bite, savoring every subtle flavor of the food. Every aspect, from service to ingredients to food preparation, was done with care. I look forward to my next visit. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to taste high-quality local Kyoto cuisine.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 7:30 AM – 12 AM
Telephone: +81 75-525-8500
Address: 555-2 Komatsuchō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0811, Japan