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!
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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?
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.