Kyoto Calls and Me Without a Clue
I never figured I'd make it to Kyoto and if I ever went there my heavyweight food connections would show me around, So I never bothered to study up on the city at all. Suddenly I've got 2 days (Mon-Tues next week) work there and my connections are out of town. Need suggestions for a place to go. Not looking for high class kaiseki or kappo, just a simple place not expensive that has good shochu or sake and dececent food and an interesting friendly sort of master. Something along the lines of Akaoni or sasagin in Tokyo, or if Western style something along the lines of Buri---Any ideas?
Asakura (http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7125....) is run by a young sake geek and is filled with young sake geek customers.
Yoramu (http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7016....) has an unusual selection, and is especially good for koshu if you like that sort of thing. The food is all vegetarian, and they're closed on Mondays.
It was almost all work and no play though we had a bit of a nomikai at a place called angeru Kyoto Kitchen, it was packed but the food was not very good except for a spectacular agedashi tomago. I had to eat lunch everyday at a restaurant in an international conference center so a MOS would have been most welcome. Someday if I ever get steady work again I must go back for some sightseeing and some more in-depth eating.