Kaiseki Dinner

Day 14 · Ryokan Shiraume, Kyoto Scroll down

After the amazing bath experience, we felt refreshed and new, so we got into our yukatas and headed to the dining room for our twelve course dinner, never knowing what wonders were expecting us.

Branded napkin that was give to us as a gift.

Branded napkin that was give to us as a gift.

Hot tea.

Hot tea.

Sitting area behind us.

Sitting area behind us.

Tiny snake with bell used to call the staff if need be.

Tiny snake with bell used to call the staff if need be.

By the time we sat down, we got to meet Tomoko-san, the ryokan’s owner who was both serving dinner, and explaining what everything was and how you should eat it. Everything, from starters to dessert, was absolutely sublime, and to top it off, Japan-style, it started raining, so we were having a scrumptious dinner while listening to the sound of rain and watching it fall on the Shirakawa stream. And that’s how you redefine “having dinner”.

See the dining room on Google Maps.

Two types of fish noodles topped with roe.

Two types of fish noodles topped with roe.

The view from the inside, to the Shirakawa stream.

The view from the inside, to the Shirakawa stream.

Eel sushi roll with ginger root.

From front to back: eel sushi roll with ginger root, fried corn cake, sushi rolls and a sweet river shrimp inside a quash.

Fried corn cake.

Fried corn cake.

Clear soup with octopus dumpling and green bean, topped with ginger.

Clear soup with octopus dumpling and green bean, topped with ginger.

Sushi tasting: two types of tuna, salmon, squid and halibut.

Sushi tasting inside bamboo: two types of tuna, salmon, squid and halibut.

Soy sauce with tiny flower petals.

Soy sauce with tiny flower petals.

Eggplant shell with shrimp, edamame and the eggplant itself in a sweet sauce.

Eggplant shell with shrimp, edamame beans and the eggplant itself in a sweet sauce.

Monk fish with lotus flower root.

Monk fish with lotus flower root.

Wagyu beef with cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, white radish and zucchini topped with baby asparagus.

Wagyu beef with cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, white radish and zucchini topped with baby asparagus.

Eel and cucumber with jelly mushroom.

Cold eel and cucumber mix with jelly mushroom.

Pickles, something you can find in almost every meal in Japan.

Pickled vegetables, something you can find in almost every meal in Japan.

Sesame icecream topped with peached topped with white wine jelly and berries.

Sesame ice cream topped with crunchy fried caramel rice, and peach topped with white wine jelly and berries.

Shiraume branded toothpicks.

Shiraume branded toothpicks.

When we got to our room, it looked like we had an entire new room. The futons had been laid out for us, there was hot tea and sweets on the table that had been pushed to the end of room, near the window, the lights were dim and everything was perfect for a good night of sleep, that was accompanied by the sound of rain outside.

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A perfect and peaceful night of sleep after the most exquisite meal.

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