Quick Review: Kissho Karyo Gion, Japan
Kissho Karyo Gion was so popular on a weekday afternoon that we had to wait an hour before a table was available in the 24 seater cafe. Thankfully the place employed a ticket system and we were able to roam around for the hour instead of waiting in a queue.
Kissho Karyo is a sleek and modern dessert specialist with a pricey shop downstairs and a small cafe upstairs. This is no hole in the wall but a carefully designed store and cafe; with a well preserved traditional exterior, sleek automatic doors, carefully curated wares and a window looking into the staff meticulously smoothing the top of their famous parfaits with a spatula. Savoury options are available but the desserts are Kissho Karyo’s calling card.
When we returned in an hour we showed our ticket and was directed upstairs to a small wooden table, the cafe at a whole could only realistically cater to groups of two to four people.
We ordered their famous warabi-mochi for 1,100.00 JPY / 7.00 GBP and a strawberry parfait for 1,292.00 JPY / 8.22 GBP
The perfectly dusted biscuit top broke satisfyingly under my spoon and was a crumbly delight. It dipped perfectly into the cream beneath.The mixture of the cream, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream and strawberry jam was exquisite and light on the tongue and palate; I felt as if I could eat another one.
I easily had the best dessert of the trip at Kissho Karyo Gion, it is certainly worth the wait and the above average Japanese pricing.