Kyoto: Giro Giro Hitoshina

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Has nearly a year passed since I’ve had this meal? Time really does fly. The very first kaiseki meal I had in Japan, a bit more on the adventurous side, since it was Christmas and we decided to do something special. While I didn’t expect it, getting there was in itself quite the adventure, pensive steps along a small dimly lit walkway lining a canal, eyes intently seeking out the rather eerie purple glow of a nondescript sign. Many thanks to Meng who helped us make a reservation since our Japanese was quite non-existent at the time, but I think unlike many other establishments they’re quite open to foreigners. After all, the food’s hardly traditional and innovative fusion is what they pride themselves on. Some particularly memorable dishes – the seared scallop, miso fish and carrot and spinach mousse to finish off the meal. A pity we couldn’t be where the action was, counter seats on the ground floor, but tables do make conversation far easier. I remember washing this all down with a cool mug of yuzu beer, perfectly full and even more satisfied. Reservations definitely recommended for creative, edible theatre. Apologies for the excessive number of pictures, I had to show off the beautiful tableware that framed the food – always an indispensable pillar of fine Japanese cuisine.

Giro Giro Hitoshina
〒600-8027 京都府京都市下京区西木屋町通松原下る難波町420−7
420-7 Nishikiyamachi-dori, Matsubara Sagaru,
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto


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