Kyoto Sushi Recommendations
I'll be spending a week in Kyoto in early October and am looking for recommendations for a memorable sushi meal for a non Japanese speaker. I have done some of the Tokyo restaurants recommended on these boards (Saito, Daisan Harumi) and am looking for something of similar quality in Tokyo. Appreciate any recommendations.
If you'll consider going to Osaka for sushi I can give you some recommendations for outstanding places there.
Kyoto isn't somewhere I'd search out sushi. If I were to try and find some I'd hunt out saba-zushi which has a reasonably long tradition in Kyoto. DIane Durston (who wrote the wonderful "Old Kyoto") recommends Izujuu, a soba ya established in 1892 which specialises in saba-zushi. Be warned, it is the daddy to modern sushi but they have other kinds there also if this venerable old style isn't to your taste.
Ugh, just lost the lengthy reply I made
Hyotei for kaiseki
Yaoya no Nikai - for the wonderful local vegetable produce
For gifts, the Ujicha Shoro from Koyama en are beyond sublime
The matcha ones are wonderful, but it's the hojicha ones that I still drool about - they both make the Pierre Herme matcha macarons taste almost unpleasant in comparison
- And are you sure about Osaka? the trip from Kyoto to Osaka is like travelling from one side of Tokyo to the other
Sorry - there was a typo in one of my previous posts. Izujuu isn't a soba shop but a sushi shop. You can get other kinds of sushi there.
I wouldn't expect any of them to reach the heights you've experienced in Tokyo or could experience in Osaka.
For a memorable meal the two star Michelin Sushi Matsumoto, in Gion, might be a good option. The lunch courses start from ¥8,000, with dinner starting at around ¥15,000. Your hotel may be able to secure a booking for you.
http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260... (Japanese info)
http://www.luxeat.com/my_weblog/2010/... (English info)