Giro Giro Hitoshina

Top choice kaiseki in Downtown Kyoto

Giro Giro takes traditional kaiseki and strips any formality so you're left with great food but in a boisterous atmosphere and with thousands more yen in your pocket. In a quiet lane near Kiyamachi-dōri, things liven up inside with patrons sitting at the counter around the open kitchen chatting with chefs preparing inventive dishes.

The seasonal menu consists of eight courses. There are upstairs tables, too, but if you want a counter seat, book well in advance; for a Friday or Saturday night you'll need to allow a couple of months in advance. Cash only.