Japanese fish with cheese!? You’ll face this and a few other major surprises on the menu at Ito, a Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant near the iconic Kyoto Tower. The chef trained in French cuisine, so you can expect some unconventional techniques and ingredients to add a burst of novelty to this traditional Japanese meal: like foie gras incorporated into dishes, or cream used to thicken and enrich sauces.
The light wood and white plaster interior reflects the modern sensibilities of the menu, while a range of premium sake is on hand to complement each of the dishes. Japanese food has always taken inspiration from foreign cuisines — from the originally Chinese tofu and soba to the European-influenced katsu and tempura — so Ito can count itself among a long tradition of Japanese restaurants which combines local tastes with international ideas in a delicious fashion.
Monday: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
112-1 Nakaicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8219, Japan