You’ll find Kikunoi at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountain Range where it was established in 1912. The name Kikunoi (literally “chrysanthemum well.”) comes from a nearby well, now lost, which legend has it that it looked a bit like a chrysanthemum flower in full bloom.
This restaurant of fine Japanese ryotei cuisine brings the best of all seasons not just to their food, but to their interior design, providing customers with a very traditional and comfortable atmosphere which reminds one a bit of old Samurai movies. The prices here are also more affordable than some of their Michelin ryotei counterparts like Hyo-tei.
Kikunoi's most famous dish is their appetizer, which consists of sea bream, grilled squid, fava beans, mountain yam, poached octopus, and abalone. Along with your choice of appetizer, you can have the spiny lobster sashimi, or the grilled smoked ocean trout imported from Tasmania. Kikunoi is well worth a try!
- Shigure Meshi Bento Box: 11:30am – 12:30pm; Kaiseki Cuisine: 12:00pm – 1:00pm 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Closed a few days during the New Year period
- (+81) 75-561-0015
- 459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama District, Kyoto 605-0825
- 5 min walk from Subway Chiyoda Line, Akasaka Station