Nishi-Kiyamachi-dori Matsubara Sagaru, Nanbacho 420-7. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
: Open Sundays
We're not sure whether to call it casual modern kaiseki or creative Kyoto cuisine, but the food here is exquisite in both flavor and presentation. The nine-course menu follows a traditional kaiseki sequence of preparation styles, and as each dish arrives the waiter provides detailed explanations of the many seasonal ingredients incorporated therein, right down to the origins of the miso paste and seasonings. The prix-fixe menu (the only choice at dinnertime) is an incredible bargain at just Y4000.