Kyoto is a tourist destination filled with historical sites. While it is known for its sophisticated culture, the city has another feature to offer its visitors. In fact, Kyoto is blessed with a bountiful harvest from the mountains as it is surrounded by them on three sides. At Gibier MIYAMA in Gion, the cultural center of Kyoto, these blessings of nature are incorporated into dishes featuring game meat to celebrate the bounty of the land of Kyoto.
Gibier MIYAMA is helmed by Chef Futa Kanda, who was raised in Miyama-cho, Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture, which preserves the natural environment typical to Japanese mountain villages, and learned culinary skills in Gion, Kyoto City. In 2018, he opened Ristorante miyama162 in Kitayama, then relocated it to Gion and renamed it Gibier MIYAMA in 2020.
Familiar with the taste of deer and wild boar meat since he was a little child, he selects and purchases high-quality ingredients from local suppliers. The game meat is sourced from trustworthy Hunter Homare Fujiwara. In addition to wild boar and bear meat, freshwater fish (e.g., roach), Kyoto vegetables, and edible wild plants (e.g., butterbur flower buds and Shogoin radish) also appear on the menu. Generally, the meat is grilled over charcoal. Guests can explore different flavors as they can choose what and how much to eat from an à la carte menu of some 30 items. Moreover, the menu varies every day depending on the ingredients available, so diners can always find something new whenever they return.
Chef Kanda’s efforts to cooperate with producers and flexibly change the menu depending on the ingredients available on that day are in line with the recent initiatives to reduce food loss and promote sustainability. In fact, he won the Sustainable Gold Award at the Food Sustainable Awards spun off from the RED U-35 in 2021.
The drink menu offers 250 labels of wines and drinks, as well as pairing options. The soft drink menu includes Japanese apricot juice, perilla juice, and yuzu juice, among others.
The interior is modern and cozy with plenty of wood. With a counter seating up to 10 guests, Gibier MIYAMA is not only the ideal place for game meat lovers but also a great place for gourmet gatherings, date nights, and friend get-togethers.
Please enjoy the one-of-a-kind flavors from Kyoto mountains while in the center of Kyoto.
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A 5-minutes on foot from exit 7 of Gion-shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line