Disappear behind a blue curtain off the cobbled streets of Gion into a Japanese fairy tale. Rooms connected by charming wooden passages look out onto an expansive garden, and tables are set with simple but sumptuous decorations. The decor sets the scene perfectly for a delicious, if not overly daring, kaiseki ryori meal. The kindly proprietors seem old enough to remember the Meiji Restoration, but their attention to the quality of your meal is unfailing. Inquire about
the cozy ko-cha-shitsu, or "small tearoom" that's perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Minoko is less than a block from Yasaka Jinja's southern gate. Only minimal English is spoken, so have your concierge make the reservation for you.
480 Kiyoi-cho, Shimogowara-dori, Gion, Kyōto, 605-0821, Japan
Oct 12, 2006
Service. Very consistent with Japan's service standards - pleasant,prompt and kind. Food - Dishonest is the only way to describe what they served us as a 'mini-kaiseki. There was little difference between what they offered and what we had at a restaurant on the top floor of a dept. store. (1 course consisted of a baked omlette) Atmosphere. Smelled damp and stale Having lived in Japan, I can say there are much better values and food quality than
we found at Minoko.