Drawing on a fusion of four traditional Japanese cuisines spanning from the 9th to 15th century, Kaiseki is the zenith of Japanese haute cuisine. Kyoto is it’s epicenter.
Kaiseki is a sublime experience in well-rounded hedonistic enjoyment. The inspiration for modernist tasting menus like the one at Ottawa’s Atelier, Kaiseki is an art form based on seasonal food arranged to resemble natural tableaus served in tranquil surroundings… An experience to be enjoyed by all your senses.
Having your first Kaiseki in Kyoto is like experiencing a first love, but only the good bits. You keep wanting more.
The best way to experience Kaiseki for the first time is to stroll along the atmospheric narrow alleys of Ponto-cho. Ponto-cho has been an entertainment district for 100s of years and offers a glimpse of a world that has largely disappeared.
Like a symphony there is a traditional order to the sequencing of food adjusting to the seasons in harmony.
For those who can’t make it to Kyoto, in Canada there are a few traditional Kaiseki restaurants including: