Thursday, 9 July 2015

Ganko Kyoto Sanjo Honten (三条本店)

Ganko Kyoto Sanjo Honten (三条本店) Japanese Restaurant | by Meheartseoul
Chottomatte... I heard my tummy grumbling to protest for fair treatment because our eyes were so much pampered with scenic spots.

Reading from our face expressions, the guide announced that we're going to indulge ourselves with Japanese food after group photos.

 We need to walk to the designated restaurant, 
as the coach had to park around Reisen-dori Street.

Despite of my grumbling tummy, I didn't complain because 
walking along this calm river with nice surroundings 
was totally therapeutic.
Chilly wind and cherry blossom hindered my walk,
so I'd to stop and say cheese to camera~! ^^

Add: 〒604-8004 京都府京都市中京区三条通河原町東入ル中島町101
Phone: 075-255-0955

This restaurant was booked by our group tour. Some of them dine at the ground floor and our team at the second floor. 

On second floor, because of Tatami floor, we need to take off our shoes and put them in the shoe locker and lock it. Quite troublesome to find the empty lockers as about hundred of us went in around the same time. 

You know that our eyes were scanning for the food and ready to attack it. But we'd to look for few rows of lockers. Some just put their shoes and didn't even lock and take the keys with them. This made me had to opened few lockers thought that they're empty as the keys were hanging there.
Grilled fish fillets, Chicken tempura with salad, soft silky tofu, 
Cod Kaminabe (Cod Fish Paper Steamboat), Onigari and Nori (Seaweed strips).

Some of them was so amazed with Kaminabe, as it's their first time seeing this paper steamboat. Kami (紙) actually means paper, while Nabe (鍋) means pot. We encountered this few years ago either at Kuishin Bo or Momiji. We often go for Japanese buffet restaurants because kids like to eat sushi and sashimi.

This Kamisuki Nabe charmed us, kids were stunned like watching small magic performance while dining. They're so interested why the paper can withstand fire and water not leak. 

Of course this is not normal paper. This is traditional heavy duty washi paper has extremely dense texture, that able to hold liquids for over thirty minutes, and it can withstand temperature lower than 160 degree Celsius. So, it's ideal to put on top of wire mesh basket using to serve soups and broths over a konro grill. 

Similar to Japanese Washi or Chinese Shuan paper, Korean has Hanji paper which boasts its durability of  thousand years. The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty were recorded on Hanji paper. It's also used to make clothing, window paper, books, painting canvases, lanterns, artworks  and handicrafts.

Fake food (サンプル = sampuru = sample) displayed 
in front of the restaurant.

Let's not see these tempting food miniature, we had ordinary meal here. Quite disappointed for not having my favorite sashimi on our first day meals.

 Kamo River (鴨川 = wild duck) is the main river and
one of the treasures of Kyoto. 

It's a pleasant evening walk although there were so many people. According to the guide, this area is popular walking spots for locals residents and tourists.

When the day turns into night, you can see these illuminated 
and set aglow lights from bridges and buildings. 

 Walking and enjoying sakura blossoms.
Ehmm, actually kinda envy seeing those people dining 
and chit chatting in front of the stream with perfect views.