Kyoto – Kichisen – Kaiseki meal

Kichisen was an amazing meal, perhaps best of my life. I’m still debating if it’s displaced French Laundry but it is definitely the best Asian meal I’ve had. The staff were very nice, although a bit too over the top with formalities, and spoke a decent amount of English. I was sitting in the counter room that was just four seats with a Japanese family. The son looked about 13, quite a lucky guy to be having meals like this. Great way to end the trip to Japan.

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Welcome drink – it was viscous as honey and almost as sweet

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Presentation would be a theme of the meal along with the amazing tastes

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Three pieces of fried clam and deep fried yuzu

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Sake just chillin’

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Four servings – family of Japanese next to me at the counter

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Very precise where they placed dishes

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Soy beans with tiny shrimp

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Chives on top of egg white custard and a small piece of uni

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Just to show how small the shrimp were

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Soup course

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In a very cool kettle

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Mochi ball and some pork inside

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Sashimi course – by far the best of the trip

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Shrimp – chef was funny and later picked up the leaf with his chopsticks and told me to eat it

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Squid

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Tiny eels with some rice noodles

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Flatfish – maybe flounder?

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Toro – wow…

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Clam

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More amazing presentation

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Rice wrapped in what I think was a thin fungus

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Art or food?

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Sea cucumber with an egg

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Veggies, potato (red thing), and roe with chicken egg (yellow rectangle)

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Crab, mixed with a dipping sauce that was very gingery. This almost made me cry it was so good.

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Turnip and fish with many other things including wasabi at the top. Mix up then eat

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Grilled course

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Kingfish on top of pineapple on top of a hot stone, the sizzling sound added to the dish.

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Rice course

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Rice soup with uni and seaweed

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Presentation continues with dessert

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Orange jelly that I tasted first then was told to add Cointreau and squeeze some juice out of the lid that still had meat in it.

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Mochi ball covered in peanut powder around a sweet bean paste along with a jelly cube

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Chef Yoshimi Tanigawa

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