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Trattoria Sette/
Keihan Shichijo:
With a view over-
looking the National
Museum Kyoto, it is
no surprise to see a
group of art aficio-
nados in their 60s
having coffee and
cake at trattoria
sette. In another
corner are pairs of
"ladies who lunch"
enjoying the garden
view. Our late lunch
begins with the
feathery light ci-
batta. With some
fragrant olive oil
and sea salt this
wonderful bread is
manna from heaven.
The thin-crusted
Margherita pizza has
a good balance be-
tween the tomato
base and the mozza-
rella topping.

Even though the
accompanying salad
is as substantial as
the pizza, the
dressing is quite
syrupy. A small
serving of homemade
ricotta with cherry
tomatoes and rucola
is the appetizer for
the fish set and
works well as a
whole. Pan-fried sea
bass with vongole
clams, roasted cher-
ry tomatoes, capers
and olives is also
small. However,
cooked aqua pazza
style (the water
used to cook the
fish is packed full
of flavour from the
seafood, vegetables
and herbs that were
cooked in it), the
saltiness of the
capers and olives
contrasts perfectly
with the sweetness
of the fish. Fol-
lowed by tea or
coffee, sharing the
two sets is a way
around the imbalance
in portion sizes
between them. The
parmesan, rucola and
panacetta salad from
the a la carte menu
is a good choice for
something extra.

As we contemplate
sweets the music
segues from Coldplay
into Radiohead, and
a Japanese couple
with a serious came-
ra in tow order a
few beers and take
in the view. Like
the wall of support-
ing pillars from old
Japanese houses that
form the back wall
of trattoria sette,
the patissier at the
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
is indispensable.
The passionfruit
panacotta cannot be
surpassed as a per-
fect equation of
tangy and sweet.

At the Pastry Bou-
tique you can con-
tinue the dessert
odyssey with a piece
of bitter rhubarb
tart or rich chest-
nut pie to take
home. A bargain at
380yen each, they
make lovely after-
noon tea treats
especially when made
up in their stylish
orange boxes. You
can also buy the
cibatta here. trat-
toria sette has
filled the void of
casual restaurant-
cafe cum bars in one
of Kyoto's most
historic districts.
After being overawed
by the 1001 statues
of the goddess of
mercy at Sanjusan-
gendo temple this is
a good place to
gently bring your-
self back down to

Lunch at trattoria
sette is around 6,
000 for two plus a
10% service charge.
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Nearest restau-

Nearest cafes/

mawari 644-2, Hyatt
Regency Kyoto.
Open 11am-10pm
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