With no website and an introduction-only policy, it is hard to get a reservation at Kyo Aji, but those who manage it will discover one of Japan’s best dining experiences. Until 2019, when he died aged 81, well-loved chef Kenichiro Nishi was still behind the counter serving his Kyoto kaiseki-style dishes, such as stewed taro root, snow crab, grilled blowfish milt and traditional sweet kuzukiri dessert. ‘Kyo Aji’ means ‘taste of Kyoto’, where Nishi’s father was thought to be one of the best cooks. Nishi-san famously rejected Michelin in its attempt to bestow him with three stars.
- Tasting menu from $370
- Lunch and dinner: Mon – Sun
- +81 3 3591 3344
3 Chome-3-5 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0004