Go to the soba shop “Ryuhei Soba” near Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto.
Seats facing the window. There is a neat alcove beside it.
For lunch, mini courses with pheasant soup soba and duck soup soba.
The wine menu is also very selective and particular about producing areas("terroir").
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.
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.
The pheasant soup has firm and small cut meats of pheasant, and is delicious.
Thick soba sauces both go well with soba boiled hot water.
Steamed rice with corn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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