[Kyoto, Japan] Kyoto-style cuisine at Hanasaki

Hanasaki is typical of Gion district’s discrete dining and entertainment hideaways - ensconced away in a dimly-lit passageway and marked by red lanterns.

Counter seats are available for the lone diner, besides the private rooms where geishas flit in and out fleetingly, like a vision one sees from the corner of one’s eyes.

Start with a cool, fizzy Japanese beer:

Sesame-flavoured tofu, topped with sea urchin (“une”)

A selection of seasonal appetiser items follows, including shellfish, pickles, and bamboo leaf-wrapped sushi:

Sashimi and tempura followed - Kyoto cuisine is still very much steeped in tradition.

Grilled Kyoto beef - one of the best I’d tasted in the city thus far.

A sushi platter and a deep, flavoursome miso soup were served at the end.

Dessert was “warabi-mochi” (蕨餅) - bracken starch jelly, covered with “kinako” or toasted soybean powder.

Hanasaki (祇園 京料理 花咲)
Gionmachi Minamigawa
〒605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, 祇園町南側 570-17
Tel: 075-533-3050
Operating hours: 12noon - 2pm, 5.30pm-9pm daily