Saturday. Kyoto hotels are often fullest in Saturday nights--especially mine. So in a 7-day booking, i had to check out and find another place for one night. Big organizational challenge--leaving bags in storage and carrying daily purchases and night gown etc around town between checkout and check in times. Also Sunday is a big flea market so I need to triangulate between there and hotels. 

But, on the way to buy tie-dyed scarves I passed Kyoto Dean and Deluca in a converted bank. Usually loathe to eat American here, I was hungry so I sat down in that beautiful space and had lunch. Here it is.

Beautiful smoke bush arrangement on the shared table. 

Beautiful smoke bush arrangement on the shared table. 

View from my seat. 

View from my seat. 

Menu. 

Menu. 

The Amuse. Kabotcha soup. About two tablespoons of deliciousness. 

The Amuse. Kabotcha soup. About two tablespoons of deliciousness. 

Beet and quinoa salad and capellini with bottarga served on a slate disc. 

Beet and quinoa salad and capellini with bottarga served on a slate disc. 

Bagna cauda with vegetables: one of each, hot. 

Bagna cauda with vegetables: one of each, hot. 

Main course: two big slices of rare roast beef, eggplany, watercress and mystery sauce in pot. Plus... 

Main course: two big slices of rare roast beef, eggplany, watercress and mystery sauce in pot. Plus... 

Rice sprinkled with pecorino, soybeans and a few bits of bacon. 

Rice sprinkled with pecorino, soybeans and a few bits of bacon. 

Dessert. Lemon gelato and red shiso jelly on cheesecake. 

Dessert. Lemon gelato and red shiso jelly on cheesecake. 

Graham cookie. 

Graham cookie. 

Tastes as good as it looks! Little shiso sprouts on top of the jellied shiso. 

Tastes as good as it looks! Little shiso sprouts on top of the jellied shiso. 

I did not photograph the coffee. Total bill? $20. 

Kimono shopping after. No dinner.