Dinner at 比良山荘

Dinner at 比良山荘

at Hirasansou (比良山荘) on 22 May 2017
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Saying our goodbyes until next time. Hirasansou is one of those restaurants that we will continue to revisit every year. We also took home some delicious honey candy. ??
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Persimmon ice cream with mountain strawberry
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Omi rice ?
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Needless to say, we got refills on all of our bowls at least three times ?
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Adding miso to the soup base
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Mountain chestnut mochi
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Inoshishi (wild boar)
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Kuma shoulder meat with kinome
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Vegetables to supplement ?
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5-6 different types of wild mushrooms from the mountains ?
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Fatty foodness
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Hotpot time!!!
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The beautiful spread of kuma... ? Although the thick layer of fat is intimidating, it is so immensely flavorful that it melts you to heaven... ?
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Hotpot is almost ready ?
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Pregnant ayu marinated in miso and deer meat
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Carp from the mountain pond and grilled unagi
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Iwatake mushroom, persimmon, mizu mountain vegetables, baby potato, gingko nuts, sweet potato, 6-8 month fermented pregnant ayu, matsutake mushroom, river shrimp, moroko fish, daikon marinated in sake lees
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Hirasansou is located far away from the city, so there's only peaceful nature surrounding you. ??
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View from inside our dining room ?
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Roadtrips in Kyoto are well worth it especially if it's for an incredible restaurant! As we drove along the winding paths out of Kyoto city, we passed through mountains, rivers, and forests. Our first stop is Hirasansou (比良山荘), a famous ryokan restaurant located in the Kuzukawa Valley countryside of Shiga. It's our second time here as we absolutely loved our experience back in September 2015. The simple and rustic inn spans three generations, run currently by Ito Takeji - grandson of the original owner - and his wife Yukiko. The meal is composed of ingredients foraged and caught in the surrounding areas. During the winter season, they have the absolute best black bear and wild boar hotpot. This was yet another life-changing meal!
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