A modern Spanish restaurant that brings out the simplicity of the ingredient.
acá 1° is a small restaurant located near Karasuma Oike in Kyoto which became the first Spanish cuisine restaurant in the Kyoto/Osaka area to receive a Michelin star, and it received one-star 3 years after opening.
Owner chef Tetsuo Azuma leaped into the cooking world at age 25, and extensively studied Spanish home-cooking for 9 years at Kyoto's Spanish cuisine restaurant La Masa. The turning point was when he visited Basque Country's one-star restaurant Mirador de Ulia for training. There he came across new and innovative modern Spanish cuisine, making his future direction clear. By perfecting his selection of ingredients and using seasonal Japanese ingredients, chef Azuma has created his ideal modern Spanish cuisine.
For specific ingredients, seafood is bought in from Nishiki's central market, and vegetables are purchased from GG Farm in Okayama, which is chef Azuma's hometown. Dinner only comes in the form of an omakase course, with 10 dishes using plenty of seafood. The best of these is the paella, made with seasonal ingredients. Not only is paella representative of Spanish cuisine, but at acá 1°, it is full of the season's best ingredients, like hairy crab, Japanese blue crab, blackthroat seaperch, cutlassfish, and conger eel. Meanwhile, the meat dishes are cooked by char-grilled. There are many dishes which simply bring out the best of the ingredients, and though they look simple, they have delicate flavors. You can feel the respect towards the ingredients, which is common in Japanese cuisine.
In addition, sitting at the counter-seat and watching chef Azuma preparing the food feels like being at a live performance. acá 1° will definitely be another reason for you to visit Kyoto.
5-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station Exit 5
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