(Kyoto-12/Ryuhei Soba)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food tour

京都、桂離宮近くの蕎麦の名店「隆兵そば」へ。

Go to the soba shop “Ryuhei Soba” near Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto.

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窓に面した席。横には清楚な床の間が。

Seats facing the window.  There is a neat alcove beside it.

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ランチのミニコース、蕎麦は雉子汁そばと鴨汁そばを頂く。

For lunch, mini courses with pheasant soup soba and duck soup soba.

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ワインメニューにも産地(テロワール)などにかなりのこだわりが。

The wine menu is also very selective and particular about producing areas("terroir").
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先付け。鯉昆布しめ、そば茶角、ゴマ豆腐、あげと蓮芋(茎)、ひと口蕎麦。鯉は旨味が凝縮され川魚の臭みは全くない。ひと口蕎麦は塩を付けて頂く。

Appetizers.  The carp sashimi marinated with kelp, soba crackers, sesame tofu, fried tofu slices and stem (of taro), chopped soba.  The carp sashimi has a good umami taste and no river fish odor at all.

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十割蕎麦は、味と香りのバランスが良く、噛めば噛む程旨みがあり、細すぎず太すぎず、艶がある。

つゆは、しっかり濃く味に奥行きがあるが、蕎麦の香りを損なわないように出汁が主張し過ぎない。鴨汁は、ミンチ状の団子も入り鴨の風味がたっぷり。

100% buckwheat noodles have a good balance of taste, flavors, thickness and also moisture. The more chew it, the more umami comes.
The soba soup has a deep taste but the katuo flavor does not spoil the aroma of buckwheat.  The duck soup has plenty of duck flavor with a minced meatball.

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雉子汁の雉子肉は小さく引き締まっていて美味しい。

The pheasant soup has firm and small cut meats of pheasant, and is delicious.

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濃い目のそばつゆが蕎麦湯に合う。

Thick soba sauces both go well with soba boiled hot water.

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とうもろこしが入った飯蒸し。

Steamed rice with corn.

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デザート。蕎麦のブランマンジェ、蕎麦ジュレとフルーツ、蕎麦茶。蕎麦のジュレに香ばしい蕎麦の実がかかり、食感と風味が愉しい。

お店のホームページによると、隆兵そばがある桂、とくに桂離宮周辺は昔から愛宕山水系と言われるかなり良質な井戸水が湧き出るため、全ての料理にこの水を使用している。

水というテロワールを追求した蕎麦と季節のお料理を満喫。

Desserts.  Blancmange of buckwheat, soba jelly and fruits, buckwheat tea.  The soba jelly is covered with the savory buckwheat, and the texture and flavor are pleasing.
According to the store's website, the Katsura area, especially the Katsura Imperial Villa area, where Ryuhei Soba is located, has prenty of high quality well water, known as the Atago mountain water system, so this water is used for all dishes at the restaurant.
Enjoyed soba and seasonal dishes in pursuit of the water terroir.

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すぐお隣りにある隆兵そば店主のご実家、老舗和菓子店「中村軒」で麦代餅(むぎてもち)を。あんこと餅皮が大きい。

Enjoy Mugite mochi at "Nakamuraken", a well-established Japanese confectionery store next door to the restaurant, the shop is the chef's parents' house.  Anko, red bean paste and rice cake are both big.

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桂から嵐山を抜けて嵯峨の「清涼寺」、別名「嵯峨釈迦堂」へ。嵯峨狂言で知られる名刹

From Katsura, drove through Arashiyama and headed to "Seiryouji Temple", or "Saga Shakado" in the Saga area.  A famous temple known for Saga Kyogen comedy performance.
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お目当てはお隣の「嵯峨豆腐 森嘉」。京都に豆腐の名店は多いが、やはり森嘉派。豆腐とお揚げ、飛龍頭(ひろうす)を購入。綺麗な味が楽しめる。

The destination of this time was "Morika", the tofu shop.  There are many famous tofu shops in Kyoto, but like Morika the best.  Purchased tofu, fried tofu slices, and deep-fried tofu fritter.  Enjoy the beautiful taste.
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帰りに、「花の寺」で知られる「法金剛院」を訪ねたが、コロナ対策で拝観は予約制、しかも午前中のみ。今の時期は美しい蓮の花を楽しめる。次回を楽しみに。

On the way back, visited "Hokongoin" known for the temple of flowers, but found visitors had to make a reservation beforehand because of the measures against coronavirus, and the slots are available only in the morning.  Look forward to the next time.
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