July 5, 2018
Last week we took you around Tokyo and showed you some ice cream. Today, we’re stepping it up a lot and heading in to Kyoto for a meal of a lifetime, at Gion Roiro.
Allow us to disclose right from the start that this video was paid for, but our opinions weren’t. We told them that we’d eat there and shoot our reactions. If we liked it, we’d edit the video, but if we didn’t like it we wouldn’t produce a video. And, hell, we LOVED this meal. Just everything about it. So we did our best to put together a nice looking video, which we hope you found interesting. This place we recommend: head over to Gion Roiro if you want to have a really top notch dining experience.
We covered a lot of it in our video, but one thing we didn’t get to talk much about that really took us aback was the wine pairing. We’ve been to many places with wine pairings, and most of the time we like the wine, but here we actually found ourselves engaging with the wine a lot more, if that makes sense. We thought a lot more about how the plate compliments the flavour of the wine, and often enhances it. We’d first take a sip of the wine and have our reactions, and then we’d have a bit or two of the plate, and when we went back to the wine we found that the wine changed flavours, and kind of harmonized with what we were eating. Does that make sense? I don’t have the right terminology of a wine connoisseur, but the best I can compare it to is like drinking soda with fast food. You’ll have a bite of a burger, then a sip of your Pepsi, but the two of them don’t really relate to each other. It’s like the Pepsi cleans out the taste of the burger from your mouth. And with some wine pairings we’ve been to, the wine and the plate would seem like separate experiences. But here, it seemed like the wine was like an extra sauce added to the meal, almost like adding more seasoning to it. I hope one day I can describe things a bit better, but for now, that’s the best I can do.
We learned something else about ourselves that we didn’t know, and I’m going to feel totally fine with tooting my own horn here: we have damn fine chopstick skills. CRAZY GOOD. How do I know this? Because of Shiro, that’s why. Shiro was on the shoot with us. He works at Breaker. In between plates, we’d share what we ate with Dan and Shiro. Not all of it, mind you. We’re not saints. But some of it. We told Shiro to come over and try the pistachio foie gras plate, which was a combination I never had before but was blown away by. Shiro ate it and liked it, but afterwards he told us that he was embarrassed to eat it there, because it was such a fancy place, and his chopstick skills aren’t the best. Whhhhuuuuuuut? I didn’t know there was anything to be embarrassed by for chopsticks. Well, Shiro told us that ours are great, and – you know what – I won’t be coy about it. I’m proud of how I hold my chopsticks. I remember when I was younger, my parents instilled good table manners on me, the right way to use a fork and knife, proper table etiquette without being too anal, and it impressed other families when I ate with them. So, to hear that this transferred to my chopsticks skills, I’m super chuffed. See Mom and Dad! I hope I made you proud! Side note: if you’re worried about us disturbing other customers, don’t be: it was just us here for the shoot, and we had free reign to film what we wanted. Don’t worry. We weren’t being obnoxious foreigners :D
On a somewhat related note, I know this video on YouTube might have seemed weird. We’re beta testing the YouTube Premieres feature. If you can’t tell by now, we beta test a lot of YouTube stuff. Did you know we beta tested captions on our videos as well? Anyhow, this is a new feature that lets us schedule a video and have a LiveChat (minus the video) before the video goes up. We agreed to do it because I think it’s right up our alley. We always chat extensively with you when the video goes live, so having a chat feature seems like a good fit. I like it! And it lets people use our special emojis as well. Seems like a good fit for us.
So that’s it for this week’s video. If you’re in Kyoto, give Gion Roiro a chance. It’ll be an absolutely stunning food experience that you’ll remember and talk about for years to come :D