Street food is one of the aspect that I’m looking forward to start exploring when traveling in Japan. Starting with Nishiki Market located near Sanjo area.
Takoyaki at Karikari Hakase [200 Yen]
Cheapest Takoyaki I have ever came across in Japan. The store is usually packed with people. The flour was good with little piece of Tako which is quite reasonable for the price.
Baby octopus on a stick at Kai [300 Yen]
Glazing with sweet sauce. The texture is gummy and enjoyable with a little turn from egg inside baby octopus.
Boiled Shrimp [500 Yen]
Three pieces per portion (The missing one from photo are in my mouth at the moments I took the photo). Personally, I think the shrimp were too salty for my taste. Still very fresh shrimp.
Sashimi at Kimura
Too many crowded and I could not get in which I decided to try other store. Still seems like a good place.
Crazy parfait with topping such as fried shrimp, Tonkatsu, corndog, French fries and fried chicken :O Never cease to amaze me. The store is located near the main road.
That’s all for my review. In my opinion, Nishiki market is quite interesting for strolling and having street food. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also ordered a cake. The texture was pretty good however, The Vert was just insanely amazing. Not your day today little cake.
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 😊
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
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.
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.
The place is so calm and relaxing. I would recommend this place since the ambiance is so well worth visiting.
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.
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 😊