Fodor's Expert Review Kikunoi

$$$$ Eastern Kyoto Japanese Fodor's Choice

The care lavished on every aspect of dining is unparalleled here, thanks to the conscientious attention of Kikunoi's owner, Yoshihiro Murata, a world-renowned chef and authority on Kyoto cuisine. A lifetime study of French and Japanese cooking, a commitment to using the finest local ingredients, and a playful creative sense make every meal hum with flavor. Once seated in a private dining room, you are brought a small sakizuke, or appetizer, the first of a multicourse meal, all of whose selections are seasonal and decided by the chef. Each is exquisitely presented and unfailingly delicious. Dishes like cedar-smoked barracuda fillets, citrus-infused matsutake mushroom soup, or sashimi served on chrysanthemum petals keenly accord to the nuances of each new season. This restaurant is on the northern edge of Kodai-ji Temple. Evening courses start at ¥15,500, lunches at ¥4,200.

Japanese Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

459 Shimokawara-cho
Kyoto, Kyoto-fu  605-0825, Japan


Known For:
  • Innovative cooking
  • Elegant service

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