April 16, 2005
by Aiko Yoshiba; Ique Kawasaki; Yuka Keitoku
Hanamachi & Kaburenjo
History & Symbol
More About the Kamo River
Two Riverside Favorites
★THE RIVER ORIENTAL
When you enter this luxurious restaurant, you can feel an exotic mood as if you were somewhere like Bali, because of its decor and music. Formerly known as Funatsuru, The River Oriental has a long history: it was established as a Japanese-style restaurant about 130 years ago. Though it changed five years ago, it has kept much of the original interior and atmosphere. Here you can enjoy delicious Eurasian fusion food based on French and Italian styles with Kyoto vegetables.English menu. Open 17:00-23:00, last order 22:00. Extra 800 yen per person yuka balcony charge. Address: Matsubara agaru Kiyamachi dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8015. Tel: 075-351-8541.
Have you ever eaten mochi, the Japanese rice cake? Whether your answer is yes or no, we recommend that you go to Kitamura. This specialty restaurant serves a wide variety of fine mochi cuisine, from unpretentious dishes to posh ones, and you enjoy interesting and tasty ones that even most Japanese have never eaten. There are about 40 kinds of dishes that are each original, such as rice cake with a cod roe sauce and egg yolk, which, by the way, is the most popular menu item.Owner Kitamura Yasunao and his chefs aim to express the heart of Kyoto through their dishes; they use artistic techniques in creating their rice cakes. You will enjoy dishes served with warm hospitality in a traditional Japanese air. Kitamura’s use of freshly-pounded rice cake shows their dedication to serving the finest dishes. You will spend a comfortable time here, feeling the true spirit of Kyoto.Open for lunch 12:30-14:00 (May & Sept. only), dinner 17:00-23:00 year-round. Located south of Shijo; Tel: 075-351-7871.