Kichisen offers not just a meal but an amazing experience. It was by far the most fresh, seasonal and beautiful meal the three of us had ever had. We went in the fall and it was so representative of the season with red, orange and yellow leaves garnishing the dishes full of mushrooms, all of which were delicious. I will say that you need to have an adventurous soul and be open to eating anything to go here which we were and we had many things we have never had before. We got a private room and sat at tables which was also wonderful as my husband is very tall so it was nice that they were accommodating. Overall, the interactive experience was one that we will remember forever, not because the food was mind blowing but because of the delicious simplicity and beauty...it isn't heavy and really celebrates the ingredients. The only thing that could have been improved was a bit more explanation of what we were eating and the chef's inspiration. After the meal, we got a paper with some explanation and it was wonderful so I wish there was a bit more of that during the meal. Other than that though, if you can afford it, it is a must do while in Kyoto.
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