Our Kyoto-inspired specials have landed!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

Gyukatsu
This month we’re turning our attention to Kyoto, known as the cultural heart of Japan. Once the country’s imperial capital, Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s most iconic monuments and buildings – the Golden Kinkaku-ji and impressive Fushimi Inari Taisha, with its multitude of red ‘torii’ gates – to name just a few!

It’s also home to some very unique and interesting regional cuisine, which our kitchen team are delighted to be showcasing this month as part of our Passport to Japan specials menu.

🎏 Famed for its mackerel and “saba kaido” (mackerel road) – a network of tracks that transport cured mackerel to landlocked Kyoto from the shimmering waters of Wasaka Bay – dive into traditional Saba Zushi in Battersea and Clifton – a marinated, pressed mackerel roll served with shiso, spring onion and ginger. Or a rich Saba Soba in Cambridge, with pan-fried mackerel served on a bed of soba noodles with spring onion in a bonito broth.

🎏 Enjoy a classic Unadon in Cheltenham, featuring grilled kabayaki eel on a bed seasoned rice with unagi sauce, or a Kinshi-don in Clifton with the addition of shredded Japanese.

🎏 Try our take on a traditional Gyukatsu – crispy breaded beef sirloin, served with served with steamed rice, veg and sesame miso and tsuyu dipping sauces in Cheltenham, shimeji mushrooms and a mustard miso sauce in Battersea, or Clifton offers a more traditional Tonkatsu sauce.

🎏 With its close proximity to Uji, Japan’s main green tea and matcha producer, Kyoto is also famed for its traditional matcha tea ceremonies and matcha-inspired dishes. Dive into a delicious Matcha Basque Cheesecake in Cheltenham, with its signature burnt top and creamy interior, or a divinely layered Matcha Cake in Solihull, featuring 3 different layers of matcha, vanilla and white chocolate sponge.

Just a few dishes to kickstart your Kyoto adventure in KIBOU this month as part of our Passport to Japan campaign.

Plus, pick up a ‘Passport’ in the restaurant, and get it stamped each time you visit us for a chance to win a Japanese feast for you and 5 friends worth up to £300. Simply ask a member of the team to stamp a physical passport (you’ll find them on each table), or connect to our free WiFi when you’re in the restaurant to claim your digital passport stamp.

Please note, you must be in the restaurant to gain a passport stamp.

Find out more below, view the menu, plus book your table now!

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