ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO

Restaurant: ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO (アサンブラージュ カキモト)
Menu: The vert
Address: Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City 582-5 Matsumoto cho Nishiiru Le Teruyamachi Nakagyo-ku Kyoto Ward
Business hours: 12: 00 ~ 17: 30 (LO)
Regular holiday: Tuesday, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday (irregular holiday)

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Satisfied with recent Soba lunch, I went for a sweet treat journey around Sanjo area. Luckily, there are recently opened dessert bar with a very high promising feedback and I rush to the place with strong excitement.

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The place is rather modern with cake showcase at the front and dessert bar inside which seems to be luxurious and comfortable. I ordered one cake and their recommend menu which contain Matcha since Kyoto are famous for and then take the seat as they prepare my dessert.

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The vert [Matcha + Pistachio + Tonka beans + Chocolate + Citrus junos]
Matcha glass dessert. Pour with chocolate sauce.
At first, the staff prepare a small bowl with impressive decoration of sweet which seems like a carefully decorated little garden. Then they pour warm chocolate sauce in top of the bowl as the chocolate starts melting and create another view of harmony between chocolate sauce and lower Matcha garden.

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As I glance through every detail, I realized that this dessert has been carefully refined and executed to the perfection. Personally, I do not classify any dessert as perfect however, this one clearly deserved that title. Starting with a tender kick of Yuzu to start your appetite. Then sweetness of Matcha and strong flavor of chocolate blend in with crispy Pistachio and Tonka beans. Then *Poof* everything just finished just like your favorite song when you hear it the first time.

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I also ordered a cake. The texture was pretty good however, The Vert was just insanely amazing. Not your day today little cake.

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That’s all for my review. Personally, I would strongly recommend this place for dessert lover. I am seriously planning to subscribe myself as a Matcha lover after I tasted the Vert. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

 

Misoka-an Kawamichiya

Restaurant: Misoka-an Kawamichiya
Menu: Tempura Soba
Address: 〒604-8085 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Shimohakusanchō
Business hours: 11:00-20:00, closed Thursdays

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Established in 1688, Misoka-an are located in Sanjo area of Kyoto. Previously as merchant’s home with central courtyard and small rooms. As I visited the place, my first impression was tranquility and serene feeling. This place holds one of the most well-established environment in my heart.

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Recommended menu is Hokouro which is one type of Nabe. However, I visited the place alone and serve only 2 persons portion which I ended up with Tempura Soba.

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The place is so calm and relaxing. I would recommend this place since the ambiance is so well worth visiting.

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The size of the bowl could be classified as small bowl in my standard. Tempura flour are not crazy light and could soak up some delicious broth from Soba which is very enjoyable for this bowl. Soba texture are smooth and delicious. Overall, this is one of the most satisfying Soba I have ever had with tranquility moment of the restaurant.

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That’s all for my review. Personally, I think the place is worth visiting for their unique ambiance and quality. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

 

Honke Owariya

Restaurant: Honke Owariya 「本家尾張屋」
Menu: Soba & Tempura set
Address: 322, Niomontsukinukecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0841, Japan
Business hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (last order 18:30) *sweets sale from 9:00

Ohaiyo Gozaimasu! (Good morning) It’s autumn season all around in different region in Japan. I have been traveling to Kansai region in order to experience different aspect of Japan culture starting from my first destination, Kyoto.

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Kyoto is an ancient town with rich and mysterious over thousand years as Japan’s former capital city leading to our first destination as Soba restaurant with nearly 550 years of history. Personally, 550 years history are quite impressive for me and I am quite excited to experience my dining experience in this restaurant.

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I arrived at the restaurant around 6:00 PM on weekday and it’s quite dark already at that moment. From the first glance, I could feel that the place is quite ancient with full of history. Then I proceed into the restaurant.

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I was greeted by the waitress which I was seated right away in the 1st floor. There are also 2nd floor table. The first thing I recognized was since the place started as a confectionery shop, they still retain their heritage and still sell confectionery at the front of the store.

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They also provide English menu. I ordered Soba set with tempura and added larger Soba portion.

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My meal arrived shortly after the order. I could notice that the texture of soba are so refined and delicate since the restaurant has been perfecting their skills on confectionery and applied to Soba crafting skills. Zaru Soba (Dipping soba into the sauce) shows that the soba texture was so smooth and kept me on eating. In addition, the dipping sauce are also well seasoned and not too salty resulting in one of the most satisfying meal.

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Tempura texture are not too oily and retains crispiness. The quality is great and enjoyable. however, it’s still pale comparison to extraordinary Soba.

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Finished my meal with great satisfaction. For me, Soba is a great experience in Japanese cuisine and healthy meal since it does not give the overload feeling after the meal like Ramen.

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Then I proceed to Gion district in the night. Gion is a well harmony between past and present which is one of my favorite place in Kyoto. That’s all for my review. Personally, I think the place is worth visiting for their ancient and refined Soba skill. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊