Kyoto, a foodie paradise!

Aleta Fimbres 28/07/2013

Cuisine is the language of a culture on a plate...

There’s one thing in Japan you can be certain won’t get lost in translation, and that is the deliciousness of the food!

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Admit it! Everyone loves to start off with dessert, especially ones that are delicious, unique and fun – thick whole buttered toast cubes, oozing with sweet honey and sinfully topped with ice cream, fruits and all things nice! HANITO has a delightfully crunchy crust on the outside but is deliciously soft inside.

It is popularly served as a dessert in Japan in some restaurants, cafes, eateries and fine dining establishments. Some say it may have gained popularity from a Shibuya karaoke joint as a late night dessert!

You may think the combination of bread and ice cream a bit odd, but most are usually converted after the first bite! The sweetness from the ice cream and drizzled honey, combined with the thick soft buttered bread, blend perfectly together to make this an extremely addictive treat. The tastes and textures provide something unique and unexpected.You will find yourself wondering why you’re eating toast for dessert, but you won’t be able to stop!

Not only does Hanito taste good, it may even be good for you! A breakfast of toast and honey is the ideal party hangover cure, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. Honey, or alternatively golden syrup, provides the body with the essential sodium, potassium and fructose it needs after a good night out, say experts. Maybe that’s why it may have gained popularity from a karaoke joint!

And the best part is… it tastes good!

Kyoto foodie paradiseIf you get the chance, head to Kyoto, one of the foodie capitals of Japan. In Kyoto they live by the creed of only serving great quality food, and the indispensably impeccable hospitality is highly regarded.

It is hard to find fault with the food or the service in the eateries of Kyoto, be it a ramen shop, kaiseki restaurant or a café. GrooveTravelers shares three delightful food stops to nourish yourself while exploring this charming and elegant city.

Ajiro Listed in the Michelin Guide with 1 star, Ajiro serves Shojin-ryori. Once seated, you will be served with sake and then followed by various small portions of dishes: We were led to seventh heaven by Ajiro’s exquisite peanut cream tofu, yuba parcel filled with morels, gingko, and lotus nuts, and ginger flavoured bamboo shoots. Ajiro is located next to the south gate of Myoshinji Zen Temple and reservation is required. We also recommend a visit to Ryonaji Temple’s zen garden after the divine meal. 28-3 TeranomaemAchi, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku Phone 81 075 4624673

Kyoto foodie paradiseEbisen is a family run restaurant tucked in a small lane in the Gionmachi quartier. Ebisen serves kiaseki ryori, a simple multi-course traditional meal using seasonal ingredients. The cosy ambience, amicable Mrs Shimojo (a polyglot!), and their use of heart shaped radish leaves & shiso blossoms as both garnishes and condiments warmed our hearts!

The restaurant has a good selection of sake too! After your meal, asked Mrs Shimojo for directions, by foot, to the Shirakawa area from their restaurant; a walk that will leave you totally mesmerised by this elegant city. Gionmachi Kitagawa 282-6 Phone 81 075 881 9692

Iyemon Salon, located at Karasuma Sanjo, is a modern take on the Japanese tea house. Iyemon Salon serves both traditional matcha, nouveau tea-inspired cocktails and soul-assuaging Gohan. We are charmed by Iyemon’s macha soda that comes adorned with a yellow iris blossom.

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