Saturday, November 22, 2008

foodie friday in kyoto

Friday started off as a dreary day--drizzly and windy. I was to meet Tamakikat at noon, but there was an accident on the Hankyu train line to Kyoto, I would be late. I emailed her and found that she was running late also.

We both arrived a little after noon and headed into Mariage Frères. The restaurant was empty so we got to choose where we wanted to sit.

It was our first time eating there and if you have never been to Mariage Frères, they have 100's of teas (if not more) to choose from. Tamakikat ordered the Marco Polo, which is their number 1 seller. I like Marco Polo also, but wanted to try something different, I chose Chandenagor. Chandenagor is a spicy tea, like a chai. I first heard about this tea on Oswego Tea's site (no longer online) and have been wanting to have a chance to try it.

I'm glad I did, it was perfect for a cold blustery day with a splash of milk and good company to chat over it with.

Tamakikat and I both chose the assorted sandwiches plus dessert. This came with proscuitto, cucumber with a soft white cheese, smoked salmon and chicken mousse seasoned with Lapsang Souchang tea sandwiches, a little salad, the tea of your choice and choice of dessert from the showcase. 2625 yen (about US$26.25) Very reasonable considering the price of the tea itself.

Tamakikat said her favorite sandwich was the smoked salmon while mine was the chicken mousse seasoned with the tea. The tea flavor wasn't pronounced but it was still tasty. Dessert was very good also and the portions were very generous. After eeny-meeny-miney-mo-ing, Tamakikat chose the chiboust and I chose the cheesecake which was flavored with Marco Polo tea.

After a couple of hours with the restaurant to ourselves, customers started to come in and we were really full.

We paid our bill (the register was in a little ticket booth like thingy in the middle of the store!!) then headed to walk along the Kamogawa. The day turned from blustery and dreary to beautiful while we were lunching.

After a stroll up and down the Kamogawa, we headed towards Shijo and ran into this poorly parked Ferrari, which everyone including us were photographing...then we said our goodbyes.

It was a great day, lots of chatting, lots of noshing and lots of good tea. (Thanks Tamakikat!)

Mariage Frères Kyoto
BAL 1st floor
Nakagyo-ku, Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo-sagaru 2-chome, Yamazaki-cho 251)
Phone: 075.255.5591
Open: 11:00-20:00 (Closed when BAL is)


Rachael Hutchings said...

Sigh. I live in the wrong city! I need all of the fun foodie bloggers to live where I do so that I can meet up for adventures.

Phoebe said...

DELICIOUS!! Marco Polo flavoured cheesecake! haha that must have been such a good lunch! Glad that you can show us such interesting foods all the time.

Mike said...

Hello from New York! I have not had tea in a long time. Winter is here now so I will probably start having it again.

If you like to be listed on any of my blogs, just leave me a comment on the blog and let me know. Have a nice week!

Anonymous said...

Hi kat, What a wonderful day it sounded like..that tea and yummies looked delish

Its such a nice touch to flavor the dishes with the various teas..mmmm

that toll both cashier sounds tres cute too !
thank you for sharing such relaxing day

K and S said...

I wish I had known you while you were in Japan, Fuji Mama :)

Thanks Phoebe :)

I hope you have some tea this season Mike :)

Glad you had a nice time too Shar :)

Take care everyone.

Anonymous said...

That looked like a really good tea set, lots of sandwiches and a nice big dessert!

And beautiful photo of that walkway along Kamogawa!

K and S said...

Thanks Lori, it was great and the company fantastic :)

Take care.

Tamakikat said...


THANK you for a great day.

It gave me a lot of 'food for thought' in all senses of the phrase.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon:)


Deb in Hawaii said...

100s of teas--it would take me forever to decide. Sounds like a great meal!

K and S said...

Actually I think their site says 500 teas...I guess it would be a good idea to study their menu before going :)

I'm glad you had a nice time Tamakikat, it was nice to chat and have a leisurely lunch. Hope things get better for you all around.

Take care you two.