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Kikunoi’s cuisine is known as “Kyo-kaiseki” and draws on the rich traditions of Kyoto style multiple-course dining.
Kyo-kaiseki represents one of the pinnacles in Japanese cuisine, a highly stylized manifestation of the principles of in-season produce and enjoyment of seasonal variation. However, Kikunoi does not seek simply to uphold tradition – we are aware of the need to constantly incorporate new ideas. We understand tradition as something that needs to be dismantled in order to be rebuilt.
We believe that cuisine is something to be savored not only in the mouth, but also in the heart. Kikunoi practices the principle that patrons of a ryotei (fine Japanese restaurant) should be able to savor the space itself – everything from the restaurant’s surrounds to the interior design and tableware, and the service offered by the staff.
Owner and chef Yoshihiro Murata states that “a ryotei is like an amusement park for adults”: in other words, “it offers guests something out of the ordinary.” Murata welcomes guests to Kikunoi on a daily basis in the hope that they experience the changing seasons through his cuisine and also enjoy taking some time out of their everyday lives.