I decided to take Mayu out for her birthday…like 2 months late. I’m not a total jerk, there were just things that kept getting in the way of our plans. Mainly me only being in Japan for about 2 weeks out of the last 2 months. But anyway. I decided to take her out to one of the highest rated, most popular Italian places here in Kyoto, Lista Giorgio Pinchiorri. Being in the Pontocho area of Kyoto, it has an awesome view of the Kamo river…..as well as the pricetag that goes along with that. We started with a nice glass of white wine, the brand of which I sadly do not recall. But went well with the small snack you see there next to my glass, while we went over the menu.
After we ordered, while we waited, were were given this small plate of goodies. On the left is a cherry tomato wrapped in a white pasta in some sorta delish sauce. The cube in the middle is a chocolate coated bit of foie gras that despite my somewhat iffy thoughts on the stuff, turned out to be amazing. And on the right was a pea souffle that I wish I had gotten more of:
We decided to stay away from the courses, and just split some dishes to get a better taste of what they had to offer. We started with an appetizer, warm asparagus & clam salad with a topping of melted parmesan cheese. The clam I thought would put me off, but the taste was quite subtle and the cheese was awesome.
Next up came the pasta, this fine dish was a pasta alla Chitarra with veal shank in a ragu sauce. The pasta was cooked so perfectly, and the veal too was super tender and made for some of the best pasta I think I’ve ever had.
The fish plate popped out next. This was a good cut of white fish with a basil puree and black olive sauce along with rockfish clams and mussels. Not a huge fan of clams and such, but the sauce for this was delish, and I ended up using as a dip for the bread at the table.
Then was onto the main dish. Black wagyu fillet with mini eruca and macadamia nut salad. I have no qualms in saying that this was the best cut of meat I have ever had. So tender, it virtually melted like butter. Although the pictures shows otherwise, there was actually a good portion there, and I made sure to take my time. I’d almost go back just to order this dish alone. I may have issues going to $20 all your can eat bbq after this….
Fishing up the meal, was this variety of strawberry dolce. The jello looking deal of the left and the sorbet on the right were fantastic. And that says happy birthday in Italian btw.
And as if we weren’t already overly full, they also brought out this assortment of candies and sweets. That handmade caramel thing in paper was possible my favorite. The orange slice dipped in dark chocolate maybe? Not sure, but all of them where good.
And you have to end with a nice tiny glass of espresso:
And a shot of the bday girl and myself.