Savory Japan is updated for January with a review of Giro Giro Hitoshina, a matchbox-sized restaurant in Kyoto that does an inspiring version of modern kaiseki. If you’ve never had hamo (pike conger) covered in a crunchy shell of kaki no tane (rice crackers in the shape of persimmon seeds) you’re in for a nice surprise.
Giro Giro is also extremely reasonable. You’ll be amazed at the price, even with today’s unfavorable dollar/yen exchange rate. What’s more, you get to watch some of the coolest chefs in the business create some of the most inventive — yet completely accessible — food around.