We went to Kyoto Kitcho on a weekday night. The restaurant was slightly difficult to find even though we knew it was situated at Hotel Granvia/Kyoto station. We had to ask the front desk staff at the Hotel Granvia to help us locate the restaurant. I believe it was on the second or third floor of the hotel. We arrived a little before our reservation time but they took us to our table immediately.
It was interesting to note that the restaurant seemed only to be half full when we arrived. When we finished dinner, we were the only people in the restaurant!
Our waitress struggled describing the menu in English, but I definitely did not hold it against her because she tried her best as she delivered each course. She was extremely attentive during the entire dinner and assisted us multiple times especially when we ate the rice/tofu dish.
I had a hard time understanding the differences between the options we had - prices started from 11550 yen and up. We decided just to take the least expensive kaiseki set. Note, we sat in the communal area with the separate tables. You can also eat in private rooms if you spend a certain amount of money for the meal.
Our eight course meal consisted of the following (as taken from the Kyoto Kitcho website):
Aperitif, mukozuke (seasonal fish), soup, sashimi, appetizer, grilled dish, simmered or steamed dish, rice, pickles, and dessert
I don't remember all the items we ate because there were so many. One extremely nice aspect of the dinner is that they provide you with a hot rock where you can grill your fish! This is extremely helpful for people who do not like sushi - like my travel companion. Sushi does make up a significant portion of the meal in terms of the sashimi, the person who doesn't like sashimi can grill up their raw fish right in front of them. This was a really nice touch!
As I recall, the aperitif served to us seemed to taste like a rice wine derivative. We also had a nice soup with radish and fish. The sashimi was good, but nothing spectacular. My favorite dish of the night was a tofu rice dish that was done extremely well, with the tofu on top of the rice. There was also a fried dish consisting of a few items. The dessert consisted of some pear slices and some ice cream. All items were beautifully presented on multiple dishes and visually appealing.
The total price for two was 23100 yen (app. $231 USD). This is actually considered relatively inexpensive kaiseki. The flagship Arashiyama branch of Kyoto Kitcho will cost you nearly 42000 yen per person for dinner! The restaurant is a great place to be introduced to kaiseki and I would recommend it for those kaiseki newbies (like us).
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