This was the third visit to the Kyoto-style restaurant "Kiyojiro", located just up Aburakouji Dori from Sanjo Dori, for lunch.
The first visit since the lifting of the state of emergency declared by Covid. In the past, used a private room, but this time chose the counter. Was looking forward to seeing the owner chef. It's been a long time since saw the alcohol menu here.
Tsukinokatsura's "Shiboritate" and "Yumeshu Kumiyama". By looking it up, found out that it was a local sake, a special product made by the Kumiyama town as part of their town revitalization efforts. It was a fruity junmai ginjo-shu made with "Kyo no Kagari", a rice suitable for sake brewing.
Appetizer, sashimi, white miso soup, and freshly squeezed Tsukinokatsura's sake. In the early winter, freshly squeezed sake was delicious.
The sashimi in Kyoto was slightly aged and had a sticky, concentrated flavor.
Saikyomiso marinated and grilled Spanish mackerel and walnut tofu. Wondered how they could cook it so juicy and tender.
I added another Tsukinokatsura's Yumeshu Kumiyama.
Gingko and taro manju, and grilled eggplant. They had matsutake mushroom hidden inside the manju.
The desserts were chestnut ice cream and kudzu mochi.
The owner chef was very friendly, and enjoyed a wonderful meal unique to this season and a pleasant conversation at the counter. Thank you for the meal. Would like to visit again.
On the way back, took Karasuma Street. The old Kyoto Central Telephone Station, built in 1926, was designed by Tetsuro Yoshida, who also designed the old Tokyo Central Post Office. The building was renovated and is now used as a hotel, theater, and boutique complex.
The renovation included an open walkway. The architect in charge of the renovation project seemed more concerned with the design than with attracting customers to stores or having customers sit down and enjoy their meal.
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