Housed at Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Kyoto, Kyo-Suiran is a Japanese fine-dining restaurant. The eatery keeps Japan’s age-old traditions intact, is widely showcased across the interiors.

The eatery specialises in washoku (traditional Japanese fare) prepared in French style. Here, I opted for the ‘Kinshu’ menu. My menu included abalone (snail), which I was tasting for the first time, and I must say, it was an interesting pick. It had the right mix of flavours complemented by creamy mascarpone and garnished with aromatic chrysanthemum. Adding to this, was the ‘Sashimi of the day’ with vibrant sauce varietes.

I also tried tender Kobe beef that came with sea urchin and chestnut. This was, without doubt, the highlight of my meal. The restaurant also served salmon roe. Despite being a complex dish, it was very easy on my palate. For dessert, I chose the soy milk pudding. It was light and airy.

Verdict: A must visit for those wanting to experience washoku-style of cooking in Kyoto.

Hours: 1730–2100

Price: Upwards of ¥21,000/ ₹ 13,832

Contact: Kyo-Suiran, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, 12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Ravi Lalwani