Kyoto: Kichisen (**)

Kyoto, the ground zero of traditional kaiseki. I stopped here for little less than a day and I wasn’t going to leave this place without having a perfect and the most intricate kaiseki. I succeeded in finding a beautiful, two Michelin stars restaurant named Kichisen. Quoting an article from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, “If you have time for only 1 kaiseki meal in Kyoto, go downright traditional at Kichisen.” Being a fan of the original Iron Chef Japan, it also helped that its chef-owner, Yoshimi Tanigawa, defeated Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (who almost never loses) in a battle of Pike Eel!

This post contains mostly pictures with minimal commentary.

Tanigawa had an imposing figure, and to be honest I was a little intimidated by his accomplishments, but he wasted no efforts in trying to strike up a chat and quizzing me on how I found the restaurant, where I was from, etc. with his limited English. He even gave me an English brochure of the restaurant and a DVD of the episode of Iron Chef where he was featured. How often does this happen where a chef of this caliber providing such a personal touch to his guests?


Name: Kichisen
Address: 京都府京都市左京区下鴨森本5番地 (Map)
Phone: +75-711-6121
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Kaiseki Course
Tabelog Rating: 4.13/5 (out of 31 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s JAPAN™ Quality Rating: 3/5
Finest Dish’s JAPAN™ Service Rating: 4/5

JAPAN™ Ratings: The average food and service quality in Japan far surpass the same we have in Vancouver, it is only appropriate that they should be rated on a different scale.


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