On Sunday, Mewby and I had booked a lunchtime table at Cafe & Osteria Siluet after seeing some tasty looking pictures online. However, on arrival we were dismayed by both the lack of choice on the menu, and the somewhat churlish manner of the waitress. Life being short, we quickly made our excuses and left. We were still in the mood for pasta though, and I was pretty sure I had seen a few nice looking Italian spots on Pontocho, so that’s where we headed and found Bistro Ranman. What a contrast! The freshest pasta you have ever tasted, a nice quiet comfortable atmosphere and lots of choice on the menu. They had a range of pasta types on offer, but on this occasion we both went for the fettuccine, Mewby with chicken and myself with the salmon. Here’s mine:
The salmon was complimented nicely by the soft taro potatoes (小芋) and the mangetout peas. And that fresh pasta really was superb! I washed it down with a nice Kyoto micro-brewed Kölsch beer.
The chicken fettuccine was very similar but came with shimeji mushrooms rather than taro potatoes. As you can see from the picture below Mewby was very happy with her meal.
Bistro Ranman seems to be very popular with young couples – at least at lunchtime. We both agreed we would like to come back and have dinner there sometime and try out some of the other pasta varieties. With great food, nice service and a lovely quiet atmosphere this restaurant definitely gets the DK seal of approval.
Open everyday for lunch (11：30～14：30) and dinner (17：00～23：00), Bistro Ranman is a short walk north of Shijo on the west side of Pontocho. Here is a map.
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