An Unforgettable Dinner at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto
Setting Out the Hors d'Oeuvres Chef Koji Ueshima at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Setting Out the Hors d'Oeuvres
Chef Koji Ueshima at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto

Earlier this summer I got the chance to visit — and eat a fabulous dinner at — AIC Akitsushima Kyoto (AIC秋津洲京都), and though I didn't get a chance to take any proper pictures, I did snap some as I went. It's a shame, because the entire small property was absolutely stunning, both in design and in execution.

Entrance Lobby -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Entrance Lobby

To be frank, I'm not entirely clear about what this place is, but I do know that part of it is a restaurant open to the public (restaurant web site). It's related to a college in Auckland, so in addition to the 8% tax that's added to your bill, an additional 10% is added as a scholarship fee that presumably goes directly to the college.

Other than the small area that's open to the public, I got the impression that the rest of it was used as a club, for members. I joined the evening as a guest of my masseur friend Kentaro Kataoka. The president of the organization that owns this place is also a massage client, so he hosted us for the evening.

Unassuming Entrance -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Unassuming Entrance
Lobby-side Bar with an original Chagall hanging nearby -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lobby-side Bar
with an original Chagall hanging nearby
Pre-Dinner Mingling -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Pre-Dinner Mingling
AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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The site is quite small, but the place is designed very well, so it feels much bigger. I got a quick tour.

Little Patio -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Little Patio
Relaxation Room with both a nice fireplace, and a garden view -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Relaxation Room
with both a nice fireplace, and a garden view
Mini Teppanyaki Counter for intimate dinners ( but wow, the art on the wall gives me the creeps ) -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Mini Teppanyaki Counter
for intimate dinners
( but wow, the art on the wall gives me the creeps )
Entrance to the restaurant -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Entrance
to the restaurant
Small Restaurant -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Small Restaurant
Kitchen -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Kitchen
Passageway -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Passageway
Up to the Second Level -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Up to the Second Level
Lovely Bedroom I'm not exactly sure why -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lovely Bedroom
I'm not exactly sure why
Bath overlooking the garden -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Bath
overlooking the garden
Dining Room were our group would eat -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Dining Room
where our group would eat
Lots of Cutlery I'm not sure what to do with four forks, four knives, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Lots of Cutlery
I'm not sure what to do with four forks, four knives, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks
Cheers! -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Cheers!

The dinner was fantastic...

Sashimi on Radish -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Sashimi on Radish
Pasta with Caviar -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Pasta with Caviar
Group Shot -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Group Shot
Fish with Peppers -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Fish with Peppers
Beef -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Beef
The Most Amazing Cheese Plate Ever -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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The Most Amazing Cheese Plate Ever

I'm not the biggest fan of cheese, but this plate of small bits of cheese was by far the highlight of an evening of highlights. Each one was amazing, and I took the smallest possible little nibbles, to prolong the experience. Each little nibble came with an explosion of taste that I can hardly describe.

I dragged out the plate as long as I could, then spent the next while suppressing the urge to steal from others who had been slowed down by conversation.

Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Dessert
More Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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More Dessert
Coffee -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Coffee
Yet More Dessert -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Yet More Dessert
Hot Tea -- AIC秋津洲京都 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl
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Hot Tea

What a memorable evening. I definitely hope to get back sometime with my camera, for dinner, or for both.


All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

That sofa!

— comment by DD on August 21st, 2017 at 12:50am JST (3 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Any idea of exactly what kinds of cheese you had?

Yes, delicious. (I don’t know anything beyond that, unfortunately) —Jeffrey

— comment by Marcina on August 21st, 2017 at 5:52am JST (3 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

I hate it when you post photos of food like this and I forget to put on a bib before looking at them.
Everything looked delicious, especially the beef, but having raised you. I wondered if the small portions shown were enough to satisfy you?

It was surprisingly filling, and just in case, there was unlimited wine to fill any gaps that might have been left in the tummy. —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on August 21st, 2017 at 8:25am JST (3 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

That could be a place to have a party when I leave the hospital!! 🙂
Great food shots too of course…

— comment by Damien on August 21st, 2017 at 9:30am JST (3 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Oh yum!

— comment by Rick H. on August 22nd, 2017 at 3:24am JST (3 months, 3 days ago) comment permalink

I’m Swiss and I think I can identify one of the bits of cheese you ate. The cheese in the middle might have been “Tête de Moine” a Swiss cheese specialty:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%AAte_de_Moine
Personally, I like it very much (when it is freshly scraped).

— comment by Lorenz on August 25th, 2017 at 10:06pm JST (2 months, 30 days ago) comment permalink
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