One of our last nights in Kyoto, we were sent on an adventure to find this very special restaurant in a tiny little alley of Kyoto.
Taka is a modern standing bar.
Chef TAKA: Born in Uji, Kyoto. After being trained at Kyoto style Kaiseki, moved to Milano, Italy. While working at NOBU/Armani in Milano for over 10 years and after living in Italy, Australia and Denmark, he returned to Kyoto in 2016. He decided to stay and open a small gastropub to provide fusion dishes and drinks of Italian and Kyoto style Japanese.
This is a must if you are staying in Kyoto. The space is tight, but you feel welcomed immediately. We sat downstairs at the bar, but there is an upstairs and people who were leaving from there were happy and excited to share their good byes and praise to Chef Taka.
Chef Taka is on the left.
This is how they serve Chicken Wings, very cool!
Natsuko (our very special guide) had an adventure scheduled today, an hours ride to a place that many tourists don’t go to, but should.
Miyama-Kita Village is where you will see a traditional Japanese landscape which became a cultural heritage site in 1993. This includes the houses, forest, rice fields, vegetable gardens, stonewalls, walkways etc.The entire village has to work together to preserve the village.
These thatched roof houses are called Kitayama style farm houses. There are 50 in Kita Village, 38 of them have thatched roofs. most were built 150-200 years ago. One of the buildings is the Miyama Folklore Museum, where you can have a tour and see exactly what it was like all those years ago. Here are a few photos for example.
Natsuko sharing all her knowledge as we walk the village.
After spending time in the village, there is a great lodge-style restaurant “Kitamura” on the river. The food was fantastic.
Local Venison, Amazing
Restaurant Le Plat Plus:
We headed out to a neighborhood restaurant, a French Restaurant recommended by the concierge of Kyo-Suiran where we were staying in Arashiyama, Japan. The food was excellent, the environment so French, we highly recommend if you are in the area.
Fresh Pea Soup
Confit of Duck
This wine was delicious
This is one of many Signature Drinks at The Ritz Carlton Kyoto, called “Rosearoma”. So beautiful, it was amazing to watch the process.
Here we are on the amazing Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) heading to Kyoto. This train goes about 200 mph…..
Below is a picture of Mt Fuji, a highlight on the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto, the ride is a little over 2 hours.
These are beautiful Bento Boxes we had for lunch.
Where to eat in Tokyo:
Union Square Tokyo, yes! Being from NYC we were excited to have a change in menu, especially since we knew it well.
They are celebrating their 10th year in Tokyo this year.
Union Square Tokyo opened in 2007 as a modern fine dining restaurant inspired by the Union Square Cafe, bringing to Tokyo the same warm hospitality, seasonal cooking, and high standards of excellence as the original. Founded in 1985 by Danny Meyer, Union Square Cafe has continued to thrive for 24 years in the highly competitive New York City restaurant industry.
Squash Soup -Amazing
Lobster salad in Brioche – Amazing
Eating in Tokyo: Are you Hungry?
One of our favorite meals, and there have been many, surprised we found Jean-Georges Tokyo. Of course we have been big fans, from NYC and Kauai
, Hawaii. In Roppongi Hills. Chef de Cuisine Fumo Yonezawa is awesome, I want to say thank you to him for Steven's Birthday desert.
Beautiful Crusted Asparagus
Carmelized Scallop & Cauliflower, Caper-Raisin Emulsion
Garlic Soup w/ Thyme and Sauteed Shrimp
Snow Crab Dumplings w/Celeriac and Yuzu Tea
Parmesan Crusted Chicken w/ Lemon Basil Butter
Seared Wagyu Beef w/ Glazed Carrots, Miso Mustard Sauce.