Friday, January 15, 2010

Kyoto by night...

After 8 hours or so of sightseeing every day we wanted nothing more than to just blob out in our hotel room but to see another side of Kyoto you have to venture out at night. Our hotel was in the perfect location to check out the covered arcades that during the day look like grubby hobo stores but come to life in spectacular fashion at night. We also made sure to stroll up and down the streets known as the Geisha district in hopes of spotting one on her way to or from appointments... it was very exciting to see 3 all within a matter of minutes!

And of course no trip to Kyoto would be complete without sampling some of the amazing food it has on offer. The nearby food market is somewhere we would highly recommend to anyone going to Kyoto! It sure was an experience walking up and down the crowded aisles looking at all the strange food on offer. Our purchases were embarrassingly non-adventurous... freshly made mini donuts and a punnet of strawberries!

We unfortunately lucked out one night when our cravings for western food took over all matters of judgement and we ended up going to the British pub called the Pig and Whistle. Let’s just say it’s important to remember you’re still in Japan when ordering the likes of nachos, fish and chips or the chicken burger! We weren’t down in the mouth about it for too long though as the next night when we were on the search for some local Kyoto cuisine we stumbled across an inviting looking Thai restaurant. With the logic, we live in Japan so can get Japanese food anytime; we went in with high hopes of a tasty Thai meal reminiscent of the goodness we can get at home. And boy were we not disappointed! The authentic Thai chefs might have had something to do with it but the Pad Thai was incredible! Not to mention the fresh spring rolls and chicken, cashew nut stir-fry! Yummy!

The only other thing worthy of a mention is the restaurant famous for its desserts... while we didn’t eat there we did stop by to check out its impressive array of plastic menu items in the window... our favourite being the dessert that was priced at ¥18,000!

Yip these are all plastic! The big whopper at the top is the expensive one!