Heavenly Hayashi

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 […]

Reine Des Pres

Reine Des Pres

Reine Des Pres,  a pocket sized French Restaurant in Kyoto, is particularly popular with ladies who lunch and couples who give each other perfect red roses on Valentine’s Day. It’s situated a little north of the main city hub in a street that runs south from Marutamachi dori. Just east of Kawaramachi dori. The venue […]

Naoshima

Naoshima

It had reached the point of embarrassment. The business of ‘not yet’ having visited the ‘art island’ of Naoshima. Many of my clients had made the trip and raved, or were seeking my advice on a regular basis… ‘what’s it like?’ ‘when’s the best time to go?’ ‘where should we stay?’ ‘what’s the food like?’  I could only […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Fall in love with beautiful Kyoto on this relaxing and inspiring  12 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck.   ZENBU ZEN 2018 Our first tour for 2018, the ever popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour, focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural […]

Breakfast in Kyoto…tbc…

Locals generally eat breakfast at home in Kyoto -town so unless you are staying in a hotel, ryokan or an apartment a sit down breakfast, like you might be used to in your own country,  can be difficult to find. There are a few boulangerie and fast food joints open early and everything from pastries and […]

Cafe Bibliotec Hello

From the moment I found this  cafe I wondered why I’d waited so long to visit… truth is it seemed so well established on the Kyoto cafe circuit that I figured I’d look elsewhere. In most countries this wouldn’t be my first reaction to a much lauded spot but occasionally the “institution” like cafes  and casual […]

Tonyu Ramen

Hunger  + Frosty Kyoto day = a deep bowl of brothy noodles In this case – soy milk ramen.  And this ain’t your average soy milk – this is freshly ‘squeezed’ soy milk made by grinding pre-soaked (in pristine Kyoto mountain water) dried local (high quality and full flavoured) soy beans and filtering the creamy […]

Anzukko Gyoza

Usually when I’m in Kyoto long term I stay in an apartment but this particular trip was a shorty so it was all about hotel life (5 of ’em to be precise!).  Being slap bang in the centre of town this time it was easy to duck out for a quick bite to eat after […]