Updated: July 31, 2019
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Kiyama offers a Michelin-starred Kaiseki experience in Kyoto

Kyoto City

Looking to experience exquisite kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto? Then Kiyama might be the best place to go! Young chef Yoshiro Kiyama has acquired a Michelin star after only one year in operation.

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Kiyama is a Michelin-starred Japanese kaiseki restaurant located a 5-minute walk of Marutamachi station in Kyoto.
Chef Yoshiro Kiyama
Chef Yoshiro Kiyama was born in 1981 in Gifu Prefecture. After gaining 15 years of experience at the prestigious restaurant 'Wakuden', he established 'Kiyama' in 2017. The restaurant quickly gained attention and earned him rave reviews from epicureans from Japan and overseas.
Upon the opening of Kiyama, it took only one year for him to acquire a prestigious Michelin star.
The clean-lined, wood-based interior of the restaurant is so warm relaxing. There is a 9-seat counter and two tables for groups of 4-7 in private rooms.

Kaiseki courses

Kaiseki is often considered one of the most refined types of Japanese cuisine. It consists of a course during which small dishes are served to you one at a time. The presentation and arrangement of each ingredient are just as important as the taste. Seasonal ingredients are used predominantly so the courses change depending on the time of year.

Chef Kiyama is so particular about the ingredients that he uses that even the water is drawn from his own well.
His dashi, an essential element of Japanese cuisine that gives the umami taste, is house-made from dried fish.
This exquisite tempura is made from 'anago', or conger eel, that was boiled then deep-fried. The exterior is perfectly crisp and the interior is soft. You're likely to find this during a summer kaiseki course.
During a Kaiseki course, you will likely be served a variety of foods that are either grilled, stewed or served raw. This incredibly fresh uni-don (raw sea urchin on a bed of rice) pictured here is served as the last savoury dish.
The light dessert usually consists of something made from fresh high-end Japanese seasonal fruits.

In closing...

You will absolutely love chef Kiyama's kaiseki experience. It is one of the most talked-about new restaurants in Kyoto.

Lunch courses are around ¥10,000, and dinner courses are from ¥15,000 to ¥20,000.
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