Absolutely wonderful all round.
Last night a friend and I dined at Kyoto and I can say that we were extremely impressed. The restaurants overall feel is very warm and intimate and the decor is stunning and the attention to detail is noteworthy.
When we arrived we were welcomed by our host and once seated we were presented with the wine list and the option of either the standard menu or the winter special menu which we chose. The wine list is small but diverse- Reyneke Wines is on their list- a lovely organic wine which is unusual to have in a restaurant.The winter special started off with edamame beans which are a personal favourite along with a little seaweed chip- delicious and something different.
To start we ordered the tempura vegetables and the tuna tartare. The tempura was wonderful – crunchy but not too greasy and beautifully presented. They used a variety of different vegetables which allowed for a contrast of flavours and it was well complimented by the ginger dipping sauce. The tuna was however the winning starter, the veggies could not compare! The seasoning was fantastic and the flavours were incredible - overall it was a perfect dish.
For our main course, we both had the Udon noodles with duck. This was presented beautifully in a bowl and to be eaten with chopsticks and accompanied with a wooden spoon for the broth. Another incredible flavour sensation, the noodles were cooked perfectly however I only wish that there was a little bit more of the duck. The highlight for me personally was the broth, thank goodness for the spoon as I finished every drop!
For dessert, we tried both the cherry blossom and black sesame seed ice creams. Once again, they were delicious. The cherry blossom was the sweeter of the two and accompanied with chocolate coated goji berries. The black sesame seed ice cream was different but worked well and the flavour of the sesame seed was perfectly balanced and not too overwhelming.
The meal was finished off with roasted rice tea, served in Japanese cups. Rice tea was new to both of us but I loved the unusual taste. Overall, we had a fantastic evening, the service was excellent, food was spectacular and we will definitely be back!
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