Baltika Beer #3
at the “Kiev” restaurant, Kyoto Japan
I'd never had Russian cuisine and so didn't really know what to expect, but it was fantastic. It was a good place to make a first impression of Russian food because the highest quality was evident in every aspect of the meal... from the obviously superb raw ingredients down to the presentation. In this I was reminded of Kyoto favorite Chez Luc (where as it happens I had lunch today).
At Kiev I had the spring seasonal course dinner “Besner”... course after course of absolutely delightful foods of, again, the highest quality. I couldn't get enough.
I only had my iPhone camera with me, and I don't want to put yucky photos of amazingly-good food, but here's one that's sort of fun, some kind of popover bread as a lid for a pot of exceedingly succulent beef stew...
iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/15 sec, f/2.4, ISO 640 — map & image data — nearby photos
my mother-in-law registers surprise at the size
The meal ends with a cup of hot tea, made interesting by a huge pot of jam that you're supposed to mix in (instead of honey or sugar, I suppose).
Kyoto's “Kiev” restaurant: highly recommended.