草喰 なかひがし(Soujiki Nakahigashi)
Soujiki literally means “eating glass”. The owner chef spends 2,3 hours every morning picking wild grass and turnｓ them into wonderful cuisine. My friend told me this is the kind of food that Japanese eat in the past. Somehow I have two serious friends who carried a wild grass dictionary with them and studied it while they ate….Reservation is nearly impossible. My friend’s mom helped to call one month in advance, on the first day of the month starting from 8am…and apparently she kept phoning non-stop for 30 mins until finally she got through the line. It is that crazy.
“Camellia” made from red turnip, dried persimmon, kinkan(orange), venison seaweed roll. Close-up of the clam rice.
Fukinoto shiraae(tofu dressing).
Ebiimo and parsley miso soup.
Grilled Iwana fish.
Koi(carp) sashimi and skin.
Carrot rolled in wakame.
Radish, dandelion, nanohana.
Watercress, wasabi leaf, koi nikogori(gelatin from cooked fish).
Bamboo shoot, yuba, crab etc.
Burdock root and carrot with sesame.
Leek and miso.
Mezashi(salted dried sardine).
Fresh picked strawberry, buntan, and soybean flour.
Lunch course is 5000yen. All the veggy and the grass and the flowers have a kind of natural bitterness, but it is not unpleasant. In fact the bitterness is the good part.
南禅寺(Nanzen-ji Zen Temple)
Famous Kyoto candy shop.
Matcha cream anmitsu. Matcha ice-cream is very nice~
Kokutou(black sugar) chiffon parfait. Kokutou is this shop’s specialty.
As souvenir I got this. The kokutou one is super yummy.
Warm mushroom and kyona(mizuna) salad. This is good.
Grilled beef with ume and shiso.
Grilled yellowtail(kanpachi) cheek. Fatty and juicy.
Maru-nabe(Turtle hotpot). The soup is nice.
Bamboo shoot rice.
Grilled amadai(bream). This one is expensive but a bit normal.
All these food plus 3 drinks, 7700yen. The food is quite izakaya feel. Slightly expensive perhaps.
Patisserie au Grenier D’or (パティスリー オ・グルニエ・ドール)
The cafe space is very cute but too bad we didn’t have time to eat-in. We bought two cakes and ate in the hotel room. Both are very good!