Update: Sadly, I visited this restaurant today and found that it had disappeared and been replaced by a dreadful souvenir shop. Thankfully the fine historic building still stands but this particular branch of Second House with its delicious pasta and fine Italian beer is no more. (May 13th 2011).
Last night I took refuge from the rain at the Second House restaurant on Shichijo. It’s a handy spot for a plate of pasta if you happen to be in the Kyoto station area. My work is just a stone’s throw from there so it’s handy for me too. There are several Second House restaurants dotted throughout Kyoto, but this one just happens to be housed in a neo-classical Taisho era building with massively imposing doric columns. Once you get inside though, the interior is in contrast very relaxed and informal.
The Second House group of restaurants are best known for their spaghetti and cake. On this occasion though I didn’t have either, settling for the penne with gorgonzola and walnuts and the basil & tomato bruschetta instead. The food here is simple and if you’re in the mood for pasta it hits the spot. Here are some pictures of my meal and of the interior. Note the beer: Moretti. It just happens to be my favorite.
Related: Zac Baran