One of the problems I have in Japan is that some of the better restaurants do not allow ONE PERSON to dine. I tried to reserve Kitcho Arashiyama, for example, but was rebuffed. After a series of declines, my concierge, Chieko, finally suggested the best Italian-Japanese fusion establishment in Kyoto for lunch, Il Ghiottone. To quote:
Chef Yasuhiro Sasajima virtually invented the category Japanese-Italian. It’s not just that he incorporates traditional Kyoto vegetables in his antipasti, pasta and More than that, he imbues his with that ineffable kaiseki aesthetic. It’s won him plaudits and Michelin stars.
The meal started with a sea urchin dish:
The final entre was an excellent grilled duck from Burgaud:
I'm eating too much, but that protuberance is more the contour of the shirts and shadowing:
The dessert was a melange of berries, cream, cheeses and ice cream: