D&Department Kyoto, one of their 12 shops around Japan (plus another one in Seoul), is located on the ground of Bukkoji-temple, just a few blocks away from the central area of the city. Within the complex was the shop and exhibition gallery under one roof, plus a small restaurant in a separate building next door. It’s almost 1pm when we walked over from our house, so we went straight into their restaurant, called dd shokudo, first and waited for our table for lunch.
Our food arrived shortly served in nice ceramics serveware on a hinoki platter (well, all of which conveniently available for sale in the shop next door) The dishes were simple but well-prepared, using local and seasonal produce. The bowl of white miso soup with gluten balls, green onions and yuzu zest was fragrant and comforting, loaded with umami and sweetness. The main course of Hiryozu (飛竜頭) is a tofu fritter served with seasonal vegetables in a dashi broth. On the side was another soy-based course, which looked like a meatloaf and served cold, with spongy texture and a piece of gingko inside. They were all delicious – even including the bowl of rice served with seasonal pickles. The set even came with a small bowl of icecream plus tea or coffee, and I think represented tremendous value and a great place for home-style meals with true Kyoto taste.
397 Shinkaicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
(Feb-ulous Kyoto Part 5 - check out the whole series here!)