Unfortunately, I needed to work until 4 pm. My mum and my sister explored Kyoto on their own. They went to Nijo-jo castel, the Imerial Palace and to Heian Shrine. Afterwards they came straight to the Ritz Carlton. We met each other on the Kamogawa river. The weather was quite good and therefore perfect for just chilling at the river.
Afterwards, I decided to show them my working place. At the beginning I wasn’t really sure if it’s appropriate to come inside the hotel without being a guest. But that wasn’t a problem at all. The staff at the Front desk knew that I am working here and allowed me to show my family the hotel.
It was a completely different feeling for me to enter The Ritz Carlton from the actual entrance instead from the employee entrance. I had a totally different perspective and impression from the atmosphere and the ambience. When working at La Locanda, I am usually the whole time in the restaurant. We don’t really get to see the rest of the hotel. Furthermore, we are often in stressful situations, which doesn’t let us feel the calm environment, that our guests experience.
We started at The Pierre Hérmé Pastry shop, where you can buy typical French pastries, such as Macarons, Croissants, little Cakes and so on. Afterwards we walked by The Lobby Lounge and straight into La Locanda. Our timing was pretty good. The lunch was already finished, and the dinner hasn’t started yet. Some of my colleagues were still working there. It was nice, that my family met them! The Bar was, in a guest perspective, really impressive as well!
We continued with The Reception and the Japanese Restaurant Mizuki. Because we had a wedding in the Banquet rooms this day, we didn’t go downstairs. But anyway, it was nice to show them where I am working all day long!
After our little visit we headed to Sanyo area. It was already dinner time. One restaurant here in Kyoto is really popular on YouTube, Facebook, just everywhere on Social Media. I really wanted to give it a try, but apparently the restaurant is fully booked for the next 3 months. Therefore, I didn’t even think about it. I even asked a Japanese friend to call for me and make a reservation, but she said there is no chance at all. The restaurant has approximately 14 seats or so. That’s nothing!
But because it was just 5pm and we were in that area, we just passed by as a walk-in and asked if there is a chance to come in. The lady was super cute and told us to come back at 6:15pm. We went to the River and relaxed there until it was time for us to go to the restaurant. I was so excited, happy and couldn’t believe that we got a seat. So lucky!! My mum and my sister didn’t even know where we are really going and what kind of food they are offering. The restaurant is called Kichi Kichi Omurice. As the name already says, it’s popular for Japanese Omurice. Omurice is basically and Omelette over Fried Rice. That sound’s really basic but looks and is delicious! I was so happy that they are offering a vegetarian version. The original Omurice consists of Fried Rice with chicken, The Omurice and a beef stew sauce. The version without the chicken, but vegetables instead was so good as well!
But it’s not the food which makes the place so great. It’s the owner of the shop. This man is insane! He makes the restaurant visit to an experience. And it is for sure that everyone leaves with a smile on their face. He makes the Omurice for everyone individually and explains the steps he follows. He has so much experience, knowledge, skills and is cooking your dish right in front of you, which makes it to a super personal experience. His positivity and his character are amazing. Usually Japanese people are quite serious and don’t show any emotions. He is funny, happy and a show man.At the end we made pictures and talked with him a long time. He loves Germany and came to the Christmas market in Berlin to sell Omurice. So nice! It was a lovely dinner!
Afterwards we made our way back to the hotel. It got really cold this evening. After I posted some Instagram stories about the Omurice place, how he is throwing the Omelette in the air and cutting it nicely over the rice, so many people wrote me a message. “How did you manage to get a seat?”, “This guy is a master!”, “OMG, I can’t believe you actually went to this place.” and so on! Even the next day in the hotel many people asked me about Kichi Kichi Omurice. Just everyone worldwide knows it!
This evening, I needed to finish and submit the last report for school as well. I am so happy that this work is finally done. Hopefully the result is going to be alright!