Kawadoko at Kifune Hyōe Restaurant:
Kawadoko on fathers day! My daughter, invited me to have lunch in Kibune along the famous River with the same name. The Kibune area in Kyoto is famous for its kawadoko style kaiseki dining. From May till the end of September, a platform called Kawadoko, is set up across the River. Kibune is located between two mountains and therefore a little cooler during the hot summer months. The cool breeze from the river is a welcome respite from down town.
Hana-no-zen Lunch at Kifune Hyōe:
Kifune Hyōe is located towards the end of the restaurant line-up in Kibune. Ladies in traditional kimono welcomed us and led us to our seats next to flowing water. We had reserved our seats and it didn’t take long to have our first course to arrive. We had ordered the Hana-no-zen (花の膳) kaiseki set. Kaiseki is the art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food, and this was exception.
What is Kaiseki dining?:See all pictures here:
In kaiseki only fresh seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavor. Local ingredients are often included as well. Finished dishes are carefully presented on plates that are chosen to enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme of the meal. Dishes are beautifully arranged and garnished, often with real leaves and flowers, as well as edible garnishes designed to resemble natural plants and animals. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
After our meal at the kawadoko restaurant we went for a stroll along the river to the Kibune Shrine (貴船神社). The steps leading up to the shrine is a favourite photo-up for its many visitors.
I can heartily recommend dining on the kawadoko restaurants here in Kibune. If you search in Google maps you can sample the menus and prices. Its well worth the expense, with such time a little cheaper. At night thou, Japanese lanterns are lit, I don’t have to explain what that looks like.
The Hyōe Restaurant has both English and Japanese on their website.