Kyo-Suiran at Arashiyama is ensconced in a century-old manor which used to be the summer house of a feudal baron. Updated facilities stay firmly in the background in the graceful property with a beautiful view of the Katsuragawa River and the green hills of Arashiyama beyond.
Service is formal and very efficient. Kyoto-style kaiseki is done to perfection here, combining traditional local cooking techniques with local & foreign ingredients.
Starter: Seasonal vegetables with Bagna Cauda sauce.
Assorted appetisers: smoked bonito, seabream sushi, braised fishcake, pickled Japanese ginger, broadbean jelly, batter-fried shrimp, braised lotus root, deep-fried eggplant, braised heat gluten and sesame-flavoured tofu.
Deep-fried green peppers with matcha salt.
Anise-flavoured braised pork belly (buta-no-kakuni).
Steamed rice with “takenoko” (bamboo shoots), miso soup and selection of Japanese pickles.
Matcha pound cake studded with red beans, and Japanese mochi stuffed with red bean paste.
Beautiful spot, with a calm soothing atmosphere. Definitely my top choice if I’m in the Arashiyama neighbourhood, which is replete with good eateries.
12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Operating hours: Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm-9.00pm.