Final Night in Kyoto: Okonomiyaki and Beer Bar Miyama 162

It was my final night Kyoto and I still had to try one of the region’s most popular dishes. I ended up going to Nishiki Warai located at the west end of the Nishiki Market. The restaurant’s specialty is okonomiyaki – a savory Japanese pancake made with flour, eggs, cabbage, a protein, and topped with…

Lunch at Sushi Naritaya

I wandered around the zen gardens and bamboo forest of Arashiyama for hours, but before catching the train back I stopped by Sushi Naritaya for lunch. I spotted the sign pointing towards the back of a building. I’m always down for a sushi fix! The small restaurant only had a few tables and there was…

Kyoto Dinners: Steak & Wine

My sister was already back home in the Philippines by now and it was my last couple nights in Kyoto. After recuperating a bit from our Koyasan trip, I went back out to find a place to have dinner. I walked down a couple alleyways lined with restaurants. I finally decided that I could go…

Eel Unaju and Yuzu Cotton Candy

We made it back to Kyoto from Mount Koya and my sister had a couple more hours before she had to go to the airport. It was just enough time for lunch and a snack. I stopped by Gion Matusno, a restaurant that specializes in unagi (eel) dishes. They use fresh eels directly sent from…

Udon Noodles and a Matcha Parfait

For dinner one night my sister and I stopped by Mimikou, a curry udon restaurant. To drink, I ordered the Umeshu Highball – a Japanese plum liquor with soda. Udon are thick wheat noodles. The restaurant serves Kyoto-style udon with a flavorful curry sauce made from curry powder thickened with a Japanese soup stock called…

Jewelry Candy and My Soul Forever

After my yummy tonkatsu lunch, I met up with my sister so we could head to the art museum. But first, we had to stop for a sweet fluffy treat at Jewelry Candy. The small shop serves up some deliciously colorful cotton candy. I haven’t had cotton candy in years, but apparently my sister is…

Lunch at Katsukura

Japanese cuisine is my absolute favorite! Sushi may top the list, but another Japanese dish I can’t get enough of is tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet). One of the best of the tonkatsu chains is Kyoto-based Katsukura. I stopped by for lunch one afternoon. There are several locations in Kyoto and I went to the…

Kyoto’s Nishiki Market

Located near our hotel was Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba), a narrow street five blocks long lined with over one hundred restaurants and shops. Known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry,” Nishiki Market is easily the best traditional food market in the city. It was fun to browse and many shops give free samples. We enjoyed…