English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 25 reviews)
“Hidden gem in Kyoto”
My family of 7 stumbled upon this restaurant as we were walking in the Gion district. We were lucky to get in for dinner on a weeknight without a reservation. We sat at the counter and ordered the 8-course kaiseki dinner (approx $85/person). This was our favorite place in Kyoto. Each dish was beauti...fully presented and delicious. We had a kaiseki dinner a few days later at the Ritz-Carlton, but we all preferred Mokubei, including my teenagers. The staff was extremely welcoming and would explain each dish to us. They used a picture book to show us what kind of fish we were eating. Although this restaurant has a Michelin star, it is not well-advertised on the outside. I would highly recommend Mokubei if you want to try a kaiseki dinner.
Visited June 2019
“ Unique dining experience”
I sat with a few other guests at the counter sitting as I was alone. They have private dining but that requires two guests. First course was Japanese noodles with caviar which was cold and tasted excellent. With second dish of duck, vegetable and sushi. A poem came with the second dish. Third course... was Japanese soup. It had baby lotus leaves that were very small and delicious along with abalone fish, tofu, okra that looked like a pice of art! Next was combination of various fish which included pike, flounder and “Japanese fish”, the name of which was not written in English! Next was red snapper with sweet pepper which was again a treat. Every item has been a. Visual treat and treat to the pallet. Next came combination of poetry, river eel, eggplant, yellow beans sprinkled with Sesame and Japanese lack pepper. This dish was served cold. Even something as simple as seasoned seeds came alive with the meal. Eggplant and eel melted in the mouth. Next was combination of potato stem “we don’t use potato for this”!, pickled cucumber, cooked scallop, shrimp with pepper oil and home made mayonnaise. After that came pike fish which was skillfully cut, along with sea weed and picked vegetables. Again a very unique experience. This restaurant is rung by the same family for last 90 years. Chest is the fourth generation of the family. Next came pudding with passion fruit, yellow sauce, melon, pineapple and cherry. Last dish sweet bean jelly wrapped in cherry blossom leaf and green tea. This was a memorable meal that would be hard to forget.
Visited July 2019
We had what seemed like the ultimate kaiseki experience- -upstairs in a private room with our own server. The food was exquisitely prepared and presented. Just a first-rate experience for us all. You do have to reserve well in advance and pay upfront, so you can’t make changes in your plans if yo...u want to go there.
Visited June 2019
“The best kaiseki”
Mokubei is a little hidden gem. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with the friendliness of the staff and overall welcoming nature the venue. The food was incredible and we sat the bar seats to watch the kitchen in action. The head chef/owner is 4th generation and Mokubei has 1 Michelin St...ar. Easily one of our best meals in Japan. Can’t recommend it enough! You won’t be disappointed!!
Visited April 2019
I’m purposely not going to post any pictures here because they really just don’t do this place justice. The chef, a fourth generation chef, uses the freshest ingredients in the most unique way which present very well and taste magnificent. We sat next to a Japanese couple who have been going to th...e restaurant every two months for the last 8 years. If we lived in Kyoto we would do the same. Highly highly recommend this place.
Visited January 2019