Another first. Another memorable EATSperience. Yes, this was one of those EATSperiences that left us speechless—a meal that we marveled at. This EATSperience was at a restaurant that is considered to be one of Makati’s hidden gems. That hidden gem is Kyo-to. Named after the former imperial capital and cultural heart of Japan. At Kyo-to, diners will EATSperience the highest expression of Japanese gastronomy called “Kaiseki”. For first-timers like us, Kyo-to’s presser defined it as, “An elegant multiple course meal, served with the best seasonal ingredients”. Yes, we are in for another treat, but this time, what made it more special was the authentic EATSperience Kyo-to brought to the table. Join us as we eat and appreciate the art of Kaiseki at Kyo-to in Legaspi Village, Makati, enjoy!
Kyo-to is nestled at the ground floor of the Coyiuto House in C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati. We walked right passed it at first because we thought it was a spa. But when we remembered a photo of it that we saw online, we had to take a second look. Its serene exterior was really calming. It seemed like it’s telling us to “come in, and find peace in the art of how we do our food.”
Same as its exterior, Kyo-to’s interiors is very simple and quiet. The Japanese art collection of the owners were on display to complement the calming space. Just a few steps from the entrance is Chef Ryohei’s workshop, the most important part of Kyo-to, where the magic happens. TIP: Call Kyo-to at least a few days before coming over so you reserve the best spot in the restaurant, right in front of the counter.
The man behind Kyo-to, Chef Ryohei Kawamoto. Chef Ryo was an apprentice to the renowned Kitcho and a former private chef to the Japanese ambassador. Night in and night out, Chef Ryohei prepares dishes according to the traditions of kaiseki at Kyo-to. If you want an authentic kaiseki EATSperience without flying off to Japan, Kyo-to is the place to be.
We’ve never seen a crab this beautiful until our kaiseki EATSperience. Neat, clean and aesthetically plated well. The cucumber vinegar jelly complemented the sweetness of the crab meat. Together with the hamachi konbu, all components tasted really fresh.
Every component was a melt-in-your-mouth kind of EATSperience. The quality of this dish was impeccable. Freshness at its finest!
Simple yet delectable! The dashi broth was really flavorful and the fish made it even tastier. Our baby enjoyed every slurp and she loved this!
The kastuo was cooked perfectly and we liked that it was just smeared with the perfectly flavored teriyaki sauce. Another dish that our baby enjoyed eating.
After having all the flavorful dishes, time for dessert. Different textures and levels of sweetness from the different components, that complemented each other. The bowl was left clean. It was that good!
It wasn’t just our baby who was happy with her first kaiseki EATSperience but of course, us as well! We were filled but we didn’t feel like we over ate because each dish just had the right serving size. It was an EATSperience to remember as we were able to learn too, while enjoying the amazing dishes Chef Ryohei have prepared. Next time you want to have an unforgettable meal, make sure to visit Kyo-to and just thank us later. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! ‘Till next time!
G/F Coyiuto House, 119 C. Palanca Jr. St., Legaspi Village, Makati
+632 805 7743
5:00pm t0 10:00pm (Tue-Sun) CLOSED on Mondays
Budget: Php 5,200 per person