In our two week stay in Japan, I only had sushi once. How wrong is that? Fortunately, our hotel (Kyoto Brighton, excellent hotel) suggested Kappa, and it was a perfect choice.
First of all, my wife and I have gluten allergies, which is one of the reasons we feared to eat sushi at all. Soy sauce has gluten in it. Be afraid! However, when we handed our gluten-free card in Japanese over the chef, he read it thoroughly and helped us make safe choices. We had our own gluten free soy sauce with us.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the restaurant is hard to find because it lacks an English sign. It looks like some tripadvisor reviewers have posted photos of the front sign, that might be helpful. I found those photos just now with a google images search.
In Kappa, there is very little English spoken. There is an English menu, so, what else do you really need?
Now, as for the important part: the food. I've been eating and enjoying sushi in the US for most of my life, mostly in Colorado. The sushi in Kappa is better than anything I've ever had at home. The presentation of the food is attractive and fun, the atmosphere is cosy, simple, and clean, and the service is friendly and good. I ordered a small sashimi sampler and a few rolls. The taste and textures were simply perfect.
The price was very reasonable, almost cheap. My father ordered a much larger some-of-everything sampler, which was a little expensive. But they kept bringing him more and more food - for the amount of food they gave him, the price was just right. His food looked delicious, and he later agreed with me that it was some of the best sushi he'd had. Be warned, the large sampler is a mountain of food!
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