Born in Hokkaido, elevated in The united states, and skilled at some of France’s most lauded establishments like Le Clown Bar and Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, Reiko Yokota draws upon her worldly upbringing as the Pastry Chef of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.

“Traveling and all of these ordeals gave me a special standpoint when it will come to desserts,” states Yokota, who’s rapidly established herself as a culinary star to observe with her mental and suave method in the kitchen area. She proceeds, “I adore the transformation approach of my function. I can form components into no matter what I want, it’s practically like a video game for me.”

Even though Yokota’s task is sweet-centric, she regularly thinks about how to reimagine traditionally savory dishes and flavors. This frame of mind is specially apparent in the hotel’s pretty preferred afternoon tea. On the present tumble menu, for instance, creamy mushroom soup becomes lighter and sippable as a mushroom cappuccino, even though a tea sandwich normally takes on neighborhood influences with grilled eggplant and smoky eel. “Because Japan has 4 correct seasons, all of our elements have a distinct, but fragile taste,” describes Yokota. “This is what I want people today to working experience and style, whilst remaining real to character and preserving the vibrancy of the original product or service.”

Outside the house of do the job, Kyoto is just as passionate about discovering Kyoto’s at any time-evolving dining scene. Right here, she shares her beloved dining places in town—all of which are modest and independently-owned.


“Jacob, the chef, labored at Copenhagen’s Noma, and provides a simliar cooking design and style to LURRA° with an modern chef’s tasting menu. He uses a wooden-burning oven, and no gas. The foodstuff is extremely innovative and reflective of the seasons. Jacob himself goes out to the fields and forages numerous substances. The restaurant has one particular Michelin star, and gives two seatings for dinner.”


“This Japanese restaurant specializing in Kaiseki cuisine also has 1 Michelin star. It’s a very little place, and not pretty well recognised. The way they put together fish is unbelievably good—it nearly preferences magical. The natural beauty of eating here is not just about the seasonal substances, but the real plates themselves. Numerous of them have historic value, so you can see the elegance of Japanese tradition though you consume.”


“With only about 10 counter seats, the fashion of To. is very best described as Italian with Japanese and Moroccan influences. Because it features tapas-model small plates, you can try out a large amount of distinctive factors. Every thing preferences so fresh and remarkable. There’s a sake counter as well.”

Sushi Ovino

“This is one more very smaller cafe exactly where reservations are essential. What is one of a kind about this put is that the chef has a extremely sturdy sense of odor. He understands that excellent flavor, primarily when it arrives to some thing as sensitive as sushi, has to be nicely-balanced between aroma, texture, and taste.”


“While this location pairs Japanese tea with unique seasonal sweets, it’s not completely regular. The operator performs the precise tea ceremony, and has modernized it with a thoughtful style and exceptional elements. The working experience is so appealing, as you sit in a quite silent area for about two several hours.”

Ramen no Bombo

In Kyoto, Tori Paitan is the well-liked stye of ramen. The broth is usually designed from chicken bones and ft, and is slow-cooked for so long the shade gets milky-white. The flavor is incredibly intense, however fragile. It is not way too powerful or salty.”