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“Charming French restaurant with a Japanese twist”
Review of a la Chalamont

a la Chalamont
Ranked #151 of 15,867 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price range: $20 - $25
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Nishijin District
Reviewed December 30, 2015

i discovered this restaurant on a walk through our neighborhood to the imperial palace. My French boyfriend and I returned for dinner a few nights later and loved it. We were convinced there had to be a French person involved somehow, but no, the Japanese owners who are absolutely lovely used to live in France. Nicolas had some of the best coq au vin we have ever tasted, my steak was excellent and we are returning for New Year's Eve. We cannot recommend this place enough, it should be on the top of your list if you need a break from typical Japanese food!

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for purely French food, you should probably go to France. If you want French inspired dishes, with a fresh touch of Japanese ingredients and hospitality, then this is the place! The couple that own the restaurant are amazing and are so welcoming. This is our second visit to A La Chalamont and it was just as good as the first time. The waitress/owner spent time translating and explaining what all their special dishes were and was patient with our lack of Japanese, ensuring we received just what we ordered. We would recommend this restaurant to any one in the area looking for a break from normal Japanese cuisine. Thank you, again! We hope to be back soon!

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 20, 2015

Just stumbled upon this little gem while looking for somewhere not too far from our hotel next to the Imperial Palace. A beautiful and intimate little restaurant. The food was lovely and the service way delightful. So glad we found this on our last night in Kyoto.

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 10, 2015

The A La Chalamont restaurant is a little gem, situated just a few minutes' walk from the Brighton Hotel (where we were staying) and the Imperial Palace. The restaurant is small and cosy.

We were welcomed by owners Yoshito and Hiromi Arahori, who looked after us very well on the two occasions we visited. Yoshito is the chef and Arahori looks after the front of the house as well as assisting in the kitchen.

The food was very good: either Japanese or French. My wife and I enjoyed excellent vichyssoise, pan-fried duck breast, pasta and cheese along with sensibly priced wines. We did not try the Japanese menu but it looked equally good. As a special touch, we were offered amuse-bouche before the main meal.

It is unusual to find a restaurant with such character and I would strongly recommend this one to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Date of visit: November 2015
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Thank Philip N
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Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

A great little find a stones throw from the Kyoto imperial palace.

The meals are fresh, tasty and beautifully prepared.

We were so happy to have stumbled across this gem.

Well worth a visit

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank theJatz
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