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Le Plat Plus/
Arashiyama: French
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If Arashiyama is on
your list of places
to visit this
spring, have lunch
at Le Plat Plus. A
ten-minute walk east
of Arashiyama Sta-
tion, this west-
Kyoto institution is
often overlooked.
Even so, at Wednes-
day lunchtime every
table is full, and
other, hopeful din-
ers are waiting.

Sun streams through
the windows and the
reflection off the
red awning tints the
walls a rosy pink.
Menus from renowned
French restaurants
adorn the walls, as
do antique clocks
that all display
different times. The
abandon is welcome,
as lunch at Le Plat
Plus is a leisurely
affair. The mixed
appetizer plate
includes: escargot
in garlic parsley
sauce, sauteed scal-
lops, grilled pork
fillet, and a single
mussel in the shell
with fresh onion and
tomato salsa; a
testament to the
versatility of Ouchi
Nobihiro's kitchen.
Langoustine and
scallops with aioli
and salad are a
deluxe picnic, espe-
cially with the
oven-fresh pain de
campagne.

For mains, the pan-
fried Japanese sea
bass with anchovy
sauce and grilled
tomato is substan-
tial; the sweet
tomatoes contrast
with the crisp baked
parsley. Piquant,
whole-grain Dijon
mustard can't redeem
the ordinary roast
beef in tomato
sauce, but the pota-
to wedges are
golden-brown, with a
crunch unrivalled in
the back streets of
Heian-kyo. The B set
for Y1900 would
suffice but as the C
set includes des-
sert, we indulge.
The tart blueberry
sauce offsets the
richness of the
cheesecake and the
creme caramel suf-
fers in comparison.
Vivid matcha ice
cream melts into the
Mille Feuille, which
fulfils the obliga-
tory strawberry
quotient of spring.

A 50cl decanter of
house Pinot Noir is
ample for a three-
course lunch (in-
cluding tea or cof-
fee) of just over
two-and-a-half
hours. Small talk
isn't on the menu at
Le Plat Plus as only
two staff work the
two floors with over
35 covers. The sec-
ond floor is non-
smoking and there is
a lone smoking table
on the first floor
whose days look
numbered. A typical
lunch runs Y7400 for
two, including
drinks. Evening
prix-fixe menus
start at Y2800, and
wines are priced
from Y3100 per bot-
tle. Reservations
are essential.
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Saga Shingucho 72-
1. [on Marutamachi-
dori, a 10-minute
walk from JR Saga
Station or Keifuku
Arashiyama Station]
 Open 11:30am-2,
5:30-8:30pm (LO).
Closed Tues. and 3rd
Mon.
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