Zezekan is a visually stunning restaurant and bar in a Taisho Era building full of elegant antiques. Even the bathroom area with original stone sink is gorgeous in its earthiness. With views onto the beautifully calming garden - it is a pretty inviting space. Based in traditional Kimono shophouse area the building used to house, funnily enough, a Kimono business. The bar was once apparently the old kura/storage area.
The food, supposedly Beijing style but rather a cross between fairly generic Chinese and Japanese, is not bad but a little expensive for Kyoto town. They are very accommodating to non red meat eaters - as long as you can eat seafood and don't mind a bit of chicken stock in your sauce you will be OK... each to their own.
Chawan mushi of crab with nanohana (canola greens) sauce
Seasonal bamboo shoot spring rolls
Beer/or fish in a rich, sticky slightly sweet//sour sauce
Fish with tempura vegetables
I do love a good annindoufu (almond tofu).
Tea was included.
*On Nishiki - west of Karasuma street.
Sadly I won't be rushing back but it is worth going for a drink just to see this fabulous space.