Once again I’ve stolen an old post from my other blog eatspeakjl.blogspot.com to share with you a ryotei (traditional restaurant serving Kaiseki cuisine) I ate at around 7 or 8 years ago in Kyoto… I really can’t believe it was that long ago because I still remember the meal so fondly. I’m not sure if Hayashi , or more formally Oryori Hayashi had a Michelin star when I ate there but it certainly deserved one and I’m pleased to report it’s absolutely in the book thesedays and looks to be better than ever.
So here’s what I had to say way back then – with some visual accompaniment to give you an idea of the chef’s style. All I can say is GO. It was very good. Get someone to book on your behalf and if possible go with a Japanese friend or guide.
“A couple of weeks ago (as per above – 7 or 8 years ago now!) I enjoyed a wonderful Kaiseki lunch at Restaurant Hayashi with a friend who had been wanting to check it out. I had not heard of the place before so went without expectation.
The flavours were fresh, clean and spot on. It was the type of food that feels as good for you when it hits your belly as it tastes when it passes your lips. Some of the dishes were quite unique in their particular balance of flavours and in execution – and, I might note, in a very good way. I can’t wait to get back there for dinner and see what they conjure.
The lunch was around 5000 yen – so pretty reasonable considering the quality of the food and the work involved. The junior chef we looked to for more information on his master’s cuisine was not the most forthcoming, possibly feeling either a little shy or annoyed by two overly-zealous foreigners – even though my dining companion’s Japanese is excellent, so details are sketchy (and to add to the mystery I didn’t write anything down as I was a little too in the moment) but the menu went something like this….
We ended the meal with match and wagashi (a traditional Japanese sweet) but unfortunately I was not permitted to take photos when other guests entered the room…
The restaurant details are in the address above – but if you find it tricky to hunt down – here are some additional instructions:
Locate the Kawaramachi/Imadegawa intersection and from the south east corner head south a minute or so to the next street on your left. Turn left and follow the short street a few moments east and turn the corner with it as it heads south. On your right a few buildings down is the restaurant. The number is 075 213 4409 but to my knowledge no english is spoken.
After all this time – I really think it’s about time I returned – don’t you? When I do I’ll report back.. stay tuned.
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