Updated: April 16, 2019
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Gion Namba: Kyo Kaiseki Cuisine (Most Refined Regional Specialty)

Kyoto City

Beautiful, naturally tasty, and very healthy, you've got to try Kyo Kaiseki while in Kyoto, and for that, there is no better place than Gion Namba, located in the heart of old Kyoto!

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Gion Namba

The Michelin starred restaurant Gion Namba, specializing in Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine, is located in one of the most impressive historic district of Japan: Kyoto's Gion district.

In the ancient streets Gion, you can literally still see some real professional Geishas. In addition to the Geishas, because of a high concentration of super quaint restaurants and various other stores, the place is extremely popular with tourists and is still enjoyed by the locals as one of the city's top entertainment district.

Gion Namba is not easy to find because it is on a back alley, off the main Shijo street. Be on the lookout for a discreet lantern on the ground with the name of the restaurant on it (祇園なん波).
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The secluded restaurant offers many three types of different settings for their outstanding kaiseki experience. Indeed, you can either sit at the counter, a private room with tatami, or a private room with antique western tables.

Kyo Kaiseki Cuisine

Kaiseki cuisine is arguably the most refined type of Japanese traditional cuisine. It includes a little bit of everything (sashimi, grilled fish, boiled vegetables, tofu, etc.) presented to you in a succession of incredibly meticulously made beautiful small dishes.
The 'Kyo Kaiseki' served at Gion Namba is a particular type of Kaiseki developed in Kyoto that relies upon the natural taste of the primary ingredients instead. Hence the dishes are only seasoned very lightly, just enough to enhance the natural umami of the fresh seasonal foods.
Speaking of seasonality, another thing that will surely impress you if you go to Gion Namba is that many of the dishes are decorated with flowers that are a reference to the season. It's perhaps no coincidence that chef Osamu Namba is also a master in Japanese floral arrangement. Kyo Kaiseki at Gion Namba is truly a feast for all the senses.
The courses also include a light dessert!

You can visit Gion Namba for either lunch or dinner. Because this is a very popular restaurant, you're better to make a reservation beforehand.
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