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Gion is perhaps my favourite place in Kyoto and I would only like to complain that there’s too much to see. there are not just a lot of places to visit but also a whole lot of places to eat at! other than my Jouvencelle, I visited the famous Kinana which were reviewed by many Korean bloggers. I have a friend whom had passed me their card and tell me that I must go there when I go back to Kyoto.
it’s some health ice cream I heard.
so how to get there?
first, get to Hanami-koji! literally mean place to see flowers. I guess it’s a metaphor for a place to see Geishas hahaha.
okay now when you walk in, you should walk for a while and turn right into the next small street. it’s on that row. just keep walking around until you find it.
I kind of got lost since I went there looking at a map. oh well.
here’s how the alley look like! Kinana look pretty normal and it doesn’t stand out (at all!) so you should learn how to read Japanese. I am not kidding hahaha. it’s written “(something)(something)???” simple yes? just remember the double hiragana at the end.
*something something because I can’t read Kanji T_T.
Kinana had an array of desserts but I went right after some filling lunch at Izuju so I opted for something lighter. it looked like Kinana was known for their parfaits as well but oh well, there’s always a next time (and the parfait costs double! pfft.)
so how did it taste? I’d say, it tastes HEAVENLY. definitely a one of a kind ice cream shop as they have flavours barely sold anywhere else. I couldn’t remember any of the names of the ice cream by now but I had black sesame (my favourite of Japanese ice cream!) with some honey flavoured one. it was so light and fragrant I could have 2 more portions all by myself. it’s that type of ice cream which is soooo good you’d HATE to share.
we also ordered a bowl of Honey shaved ice. the beautiful honey paste resting on top of the finely shaved ice sure look desirable but if I was given another chance, I’d order the green tea. I like honey. but I didn’t like this one as much. the red bean and plain ice cream was good though.
oh hello =D.
although Kinana only has 6 flavours to choose from, it’s already a lot. the 6 flavours are Matcha (green tea), Kurogoma (black sesame), Azuki red beans, plain, Kuromitsu (black honey, says google translate), Yomogi (mugwort). there is another set where you can choose 3 ice creams and if you’re going with a friend I’d recommend to ORDER ALL THE FLAVOURS!!! =3. those mochi was good but the ice cream was amazing.
you can also buy a tub of ice cream BUT you can only eat it inside. like, standing. because you’re not supposed to eat on the streets of Hanami-koji. and they’d not allow you to bring it out. so I guess that’s for when the place is really packed or you’re on a tighter budget =X.
remember those writings on the cloth because they are your only clue! there are no pictures or anything outside so..
here’s the website : http://www.kyo-kinana.com
pricing : expensive but affordable. around 700yen to over 1000yen per person. the tubs were 360yen. not cheap but if you’re in Japan already, don’t skimp!
there are a lot to eat in Osaka, and I wouldn’t lie about it. but other than the normal Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki which could easily be found worldwide, let me introduce you to Kushi-katsu, a stick of almost anything deep fried. and it is not easy to find anywhere outside of Japan.
Kushikatsu can be found in many places in Japan but the famous (with chain restaurants!) one is kushikatsu Daruma. it is easy to spot. just look for an angry looking cartoon character outside the store!
can you see it?
this one’s the Namba chain (there are a few chains there too!) see the angry man now? hehehe.
and the one at Dotonbori’s main street! look at how angry he looks! I have no idea why he’s angry though @@. frying those kushikatsu and managing such a huge business must’ve drove him nuts haha.
I’m not sure about the other restaurants. but because Namba is FILLED with tourists and locals, they opened a huge restaurant and had it delivered to their customers with these cute “trains” and everything in the shop was pretty darn hi-tech!
I know it does not look very appetizing here. but the Camembert cheese tastes the best! to me.
I liked their beef and chicken too! and the chicken internal organ stuff =X. it goes very well with salt and chilli flakes!
check out the modern-ness of this awesome restaurant! and we order everything through the screen too! this way they don’t need many employees on the floor! and they can deliver much more efficiently!
my stop was Shin-Osaka hehehehe.
and here’s the interior of the restaurant!
okay back to the Sinsekai outlet.
today’s special menu! (?)
look at the amount of people here. we had to queue for it.
very sweet cabbage, spices and the kushikatsu sauce!
NOTE : YOU CAN ONLY DIP YOUR KUSHIKATSU ONCE in the sauce. no re-dipping!
now now, don’t it look good? it might be pretty pricey but it really did fill me up! don’t look down on them! I am not the biggest fan of fried food but when it comes to JAPANESE fried food? I’m in. it would not be something I’d like to eat daily but it’s really delicious! I’d grade it an 8/10. the dipping sauce wasn’t really my type but it’s good overall and I understand why I’d have to queue for this every time. because it’s really worth to queue for! well if your queue is over 30minutes maybe not.
after reading about this amazing cafe on kyotofoodie where he said is his favourite cafe, I told myself that I HAVE to come here one day despite how expensive it looks. Jouvencelle, which I believe means young (girl) is a cafe located at Gion, it isn’t located at the brightest place but because it is next to Yakasa Jinja, it makes it a little bit more easier to find.
Directions : basically, just get into Yasaka Jinja (or Yasaka Shrine) and head right and look for an exit on the right side. upon exit, walk straight and you’ll see Jouvencelle.
Jouvencelle is located on the second floor to this pottery/porcelain shop. see that green cloth? that’s the entrance to Jouvencelle.
I was pretty surprised by how small the cafe was. it was very clean-cut and hotel-like. and it became full in a bit! I went there on a weekday!
oh hello. =D. we ordered the famous Gion greentea fondue which is kind of the only one of its kind. there was a summer set which was served with jelly-looking mochi’s and chewy jelly noodles but it was more expensive T_T. we wanted quantity since we hadn’t ate anything and it was 3pm. so we ordered another bowl of green tea shaved ice to cool us down from the heat of the summer.
the Gion green tea fondue set and Matcha shaved ice.1,300yen (1,404yen with tax!). there was a hot guy beside me whom had this (but the summer edition) ALL BY HIMSELF. he came alone. Japanese people seemed like people whom are not afraid of loneliness/being seen dining alone. very different from people in Korea.
PS: there’s also another version sold on the Sakura season where the dip is Sakura fondue! dying to try it but Sakura season = exams for me T_T.
the green tea fondue was much more concentrated than expected and all the fondue dips were amazing. I especially liked the see-through mochi which I believe is warabi mochi while my friend preferred the dango dip. but one thing though, even eating this amongst 2 people, we find this a little sickening at the last few bites because of how concentrated the dip was. it was yummy nevertheless, it was just that we had to keep downing cups of water.
Uji Matcha shaved ice, 840yen.
the matcha shaved ice on the other hand, was the best shaved ice I’ve ever had. I said it, it’s literally the best. and my friend agrees. the green tea chocolate(? or just pure green tea and milk. I don’t know.) melts in your mouth like fine Belgian chocolate and the shaved ice was so yummy though the ice wasn’t super fine. there’s something about the combination which drove us crazy over it.
there was green pea paste in the middle of it too! pretty funky.
we didn’t want to leave the cafe. it was surprising how comfortable and delectable everything in that cafe was. the view of old Gion was great and the friendly staffs made everyone feel comfortable.
and if you are going to visit, remember to check out their gold toilet. almost everything in that toilet was gold. I shall call it the Kinkaku-ji toilet. you know why. =D.
came here with my Malaysian friend, Jia Yii whom had always haunted cheap food with me but we also share the same soft-spot for everything green tea. we splurged around a hundred ringgit just on green tea products that day ahhahaha.
itadakimasu! Imma devour you all!!!
my failed shot but do you see how thick those green tea fondue are?!
at the end of your meal dessert, they will bring you hot milk for you to mix with your left over fondue for you to create green-tea latte. I think we ate too much of the fondue leaving the milk to be pretty.. bland. or just milky. it was nice though!
all in all, I’d give it 5 stars for service, taste and appearance!
the cafe sells a variety of cakes and other desserts which looked really amazing so if you come in a group, then you can try more! well I can’t wait for my next visit so I can try different desserts! but I will order that shaved ice again if it’s available!
here’s the shop’s website : http://www.jouvencelle.jp
operating hours : 10am – 6pm
I came here TWICE and it was closed pfft. once because it was a public holiday and once because I came here at 630pm. so come here early! Japanese shops close early if they are sold out too. which sucks T_T. I took almost an hour to go to some famous soba shop. it was 30minutes before it was going to close but because they were sold out they closed 30minutes earlier. bummer. ALWAYS GO EARLY!
what’s coming to Osaka without visiting Dotonbori? since where I was living was pretty near, Dotonbori’s now my favourite spot despite the crazy amount of tourists and sky-high food prices. but I am sure those of you on budget are smart enough to dodge the tourist traps and hunt down for the cheaper ones.
the famous street of Dotonbori. with the huge crab. there’s two huge crabs by the way. this one’s just more central and and attractive. there’s also a humungous REAL crab inside which is the hugest king crab I’ve ever seen in my life. just pop inside and take a picture. I had a picture with it but my face was awful so..
and how can you miss the OKONOMIYAKI!!! I am a fan for Hiroshima’s Okonomiyaki but these are good as well. instead of having layers of vege and noodles this has.. everything mixed in it. errr.. and quite gingery. so for people who hates ginger I think you should skip this haha. I waited in line for an hour for this though. I don’t know which is good so I picked one with a long line of Japanese people hahaha.
I read some blogs stating that this costs 500yen but when I went it was raised to 700yen. T_T. bloody tourist traps. but it’s so yummy I can’t say no to it on a cold winter’s night.
the number 1 takoyaki store apparently. really, it’s really good. I tried it on my summer trip and I hated myself for not having it in the first place.
the busy busy street at night.
I bought takoyaki on my first trip from another famous store famous for it’s.. variety of flavours which was good as well.
still looks yummy alright but they could give a little more of those bonito flakes.
an Okonomiyaki store with queue so long it said we need to wait for 3 hours so I quit waiting =S.
famous Osakan icon. my Japanese friend just said “don’t ask who he is, just go take a picture with him”
we then head over for some delicious KUSHIKATSU! where you should only dip it into the sauce ONCE. because it’s going to be disgusting for the next guest if you keep dipping your disgusting saliva innit.
my favourite was the camembert cheese! so yummy U_U. love beef and chicken as well ahhhhhhhhhhh.
not to mention those chicken intestines. I went to their huge store so it came AUTOMATICALLY. which was super fascinating for a country pumpkin like myself hahahaha.
here’s a video on how fascinating it was! you have your own little station and all. I will blog on this restaurant someday later!
I forgot to take a picture of the entrance to the restaurant the last trip but don’t worry because I got you covered this trip! the shop’s name is “kushikatsu daruma” if my weak Japanese doesn’t do me wrong. very famous chain store and you can see it all around Osaka.
so for my summer Osaka trip, I took more pictures in Dotonbori and guess what? none of these pictures are edited! =D. other for the watermark of course. and that’s the beautiful stream by Dotonbori.
facing the stream’s this running Glico man. famous famous glico man.
walk up and there’s Ebisu Bashi-suji. a true shopping haven. the perfume sold at Kokumin’s really cheap too! like 2-3 times cheaper than our duty free in Langkawi. not that it’s famous for perfume.
Dotonbori during the day. less crowded because it’s wayyyy too hot.
this ramen shop with a dragon above. I’m a fan of bubzbeauty though I didn’t watch every single one of her video. she makes me feel better about myself and put a smile on my face =3. and ever since I watched her Osaka trip video I’ve been calling this place the bubz ramen shop because she came here before. I recognized how you can sit outside and all. hahaha.
it was too expensive for a poor student like me to afford the deadly puffer fish/Fugu. so what I did was I picked the cheapest take-out box they sold (it was around 800yen) and ate it at home. =D. it tasted pretty funky and it’s definitely the type of sashimi I’d go for if I have more money T______T. I hope my mom win the lottery or something. hahaha.
We have been to so many nice places, but this , i must share , and you must try!;)
Talking about porky, nothing else then El Cerdo! El Cerso is a western mixed Spanish food which specialized in PORKS ! (^oo^)
Along the happening Changkat street, there we found this cozy place an ideal place for a good dine and also for bonding session.
Lot of birthday babies enjoying their birthday dinner here . Our birthday boy, was so excited and he just can't wait for the porky meal!
They have signature dishes for appetizer and maincourse.
The Roasted Suckling Pig (RM188++ per half piglet) is a popular order here.
Cooked with red wine, smoked bacon and served with fettuccini pasta. Thumbs up!
you’ve got to admit that the cafe is a popular one when locals tell you they are and when the whole cafe is packed with local Japanese people waiting in line to get seated.
this cafe is located on the left row of shops beside the Shijo Dori road towards Yasaka Jinja Shrine.
look at how crowded the shop was!
after waiting for a bit, we got seated and they gave everyone a cup of tea and some traditional candy(?).
here’s the menu which I barely knew what they were except for “warabi mochi” which was my favourite and “oshiruko” which is red bean soup (it tastes great!). but nevertheless, their prices ranges from 450yen to 900yen.
but since i decided to follow the trend and go with what (almost) everyone was ordering, I went with these noodle-like jelly thingy which costs the MOST. T______T. it was nice though. but a little too sweet. I regret for not sharing one but instead ordering two. but on the bright side, these cold jelly noodles had two dipping sauce. something like the bean curd in Malaysia actually. they had a clear sweet dipping sauce or a black sweet dipping sauce. I preferred the clear one. but the black one had more flavour to it.
I also ordered a cup of matcha because I thought I was the biggest matcha fan.
but it seemed like the REAL matcha’s very very bitter and I forced myself to finish this 600yen cup of bitter art just because it was matcha. I then found out that I was only interested in everything matcha FLAVOURED but not the real thing. how ironic pfft.
what I regretted the most was not taking pictures of the place inside. but I think I went pretty late/it was gloomy and less pretty. 0n a clear and bright day the garden would look super beautiful!
all in all, authentic Japanese desserts.. it’s best to stick with warabi mochi and things that you’re already familiar with but it’s nice to try new things too. if you come here on some other seasons, they serve other types of unique looking mochi-like things in bamboo which was uber pretty (friend showed me a picture T_T). not a cafe to miss out on if you’re not very tight on budget!
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July 20th, 2014 >> Posts
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