Discover the art of Japanese 'Izakaya' cooking in the heart of Kyoto. Cook, learn, and savour authentic dishes with our expert English-speaking instructor. Join us for a culinary adventure that's more than a meal - it's a taste of tradition and home.
Join us for a delightful afternoon where the tastes and textures of Japan come alive in our exclusive Izakaya Cooking Class. Embrace the spirit of Japanese dining culture as you master the art of crafting authentic and popular dishes enjoyed both in local homes and bustling restaurants. Imagine yourself in the kitchen, the savory aromas wafting around you, as you prepare 2-3 tantalizing dishes. Then, gather around our cozy dining table to indulge in flavorful creations with fellow food enthusiasts. Just like the welcoming ambiance of Izakaya restaurants (Japanese-style pubs), you'll relish both the cooking and the communal joy of eating.
But wait, your culinary adventure isn't over just yet! Head back to the kitchen to explore 2-3 more delectable dishes, ranging from the crunchy texture of a Lotus root salad with miso and sesame sauce to the comforting warmth of braised beef and potato. Savor a dashi-based soup with mushroom and egg, or delight in the freshness of pickled cucumber. Finally, end your unforgettable meal with a refreshing Matcha (Green tea) sorbet. Don't worry if you have special dietary needs; we'll happily adapt our menu to include equally tempting vegetarian options. Your taste buds will travel through Japan's rich culinary heritage, making this cooking class in Kyoto an experience you won't want to miss.
Greeted with Tradition: Upon arrival, our friendly staff will welcome you with a warm cup of green tea, introducing you to the soothing world of Japanese hospitality.
Preparation and Introduction: Our team will explain the day's itinerary as you don the traditional samue, working clothes worn by Buddhist monks, which will serve as your apron for the day.
A Journey into Flavor: Dive into a captivating lesson about the building blocks of Japanese cuisine, including dashi broth and other seasonings such as soy sauce, mirin, sake, and miso. Understand the harmony and balance that define the Japanese palate.
Hands-on Experience: Roll up your sleeves and cook 2-3 authentic Japanese dishes that are household favorites. Learn the secrets, techniques, and love that goes into preparing these culinary delights.
A Feast with Friends: At the end of the first half, sit down with other participants and relish the delectable flavors you've just crafted. Share stories, laughter, and maybe even a recipe or two.
A New Culinary Adventure: After a satisfying first round, it's time to head back to the kitchen and delve into 1-2 more unique dishes. Explore new tastes, textures, and artistic presentations.
A Farewell to Flavor: The second half culminates in another shared meal, filled with the joy of new discoveries and culinary achievements.
Class Conclusion: As the class ends, bask in the glow of newfound cooking skills, friendships, and unforgettable memories made in the cozy atmosphere of our kitchen, mirroring the warm and welcoming spirit of an Izakaya restaurant.
1. What dishes will we learn to cook during the class?
Participants will have the chance to learn a variety of authentic Japanese dishes commonly enjoyed at home and in Izakaya restaurants. The menu may include items such as Lotus root salad, Gyoza (dimsum), braised beef and potato, and dashi-based soup. Please note that the menu is subject to change.
2. Can vegetarians participate in this cooking class?
Yes, vegetarian options are available, and we are happy to replace meat and fish with vegetables and other vegetarian-friendly ingredients. Please inform us of your dietary preferences when booking.
3. What should I wear to the class, and what is provided?
Participants will be provided with an apron to wear over their clothes. It is recommended to wear comfortable and casual clothing suitable for cooking.
4. Will the instructor speak English?
Yes, the cooking class will be guided by an English-speaking instructor, ensuring that participants from various language backgrounds can fully enjoy the experience.
5. What is the duration of the class?
The class typically lasts for a few hours and includes two cooking sessions where participants prepare, cook, and enjoy multiple dishes. The class also includes an introduction to Japanese seasonings and a warm welcome with green tea.
6. Do I need prior cooking experience to join the class?
No, the class is suitable for both beginners and those with more advanced culinary skills. Our expert instructor will guide you through each step, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Embrace Japanese Dining Culture: The cooking class offers a hands-on experience where participants can immerse themselves in the spirit of Japanese dining culture and master the art of crafting authentic dishes.
Authentic and Popular Dishes: Participants learn to prepare 2-3 tantalizing dishes commonly enjoyed in both local homes and bustling Izakaya restaurants.
Communal Dining: The class emphasizes the communal joy of eating, mirroring the welcoming ambiance of Izakaya restaurants, where participants gather around a cozy dining table to savor their creations.
Multiple Cooking Sessions: The class is divided into two parts, with participants preparing 2-3 dishes in each session, allowing them to explore a variety of tastes and textures.
Exploration of Japanese Seasonings: Participants gain insight into essential elements of Japanese cuisine, including dashi broth and seasonings such as soy sauce, mirin, sake, and miso.
English-Speaking Instructor: An English-speaking instructor guides participants throughout the class, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for participants of various language backgrounds.
Vegetarian Options: Vegetarian participants can enjoy the class as well, with the menu being adaptable to accommodate dietary preferences.
Provided Apron: Participants are provided with traditional samue, serving as an apron for the day, enhancing the authentic feel of a culinary expert.
Duration and Structure: The class typically lasts for a few hours and includes two cooking sessions, an introduction to Japanese seasonings, and a warm welcome with green tea.
Suitable for All Skill Levels: The class is suitable for both beginners and those with more advanced culinary skills, with the instructor guiding participants through each step.
Transportation Not Included: Participants are responsible for arranging their transportation to and from the class location, as hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included.
A cancellation penalty of 20% applies if you cancel within 15 days of the start time.
A cancellation penalty of 50% applies if you cancel within 5 days of the start time.
The booking is non-refundable if you cancel within 2 days of the start time.
Participants will have the chance to learn a variety of authentic Japanese dishes commonly enjoyed at home and in Izakaya restaurants.