I liked the vegetarian & vegan options. The instructors spoke English well in a country (Japan) where most people do not (even within the hospitality sector). Our class was the first day of the new Spring menu, so I completely understand that they needed to work out the kinks regarding dishes/menu.
reviewed by Scott B | Apr 2019
This class with Cooking Sun was just awesome! We went during the Rugby World Cup, so it was a pretty diverse group (not sure if it's always that way). My girlfriend and I were with 2 couples from England and a couple from Italy.. so it was a fun experience for all of us. The 2 ladies that ran the class were great. They speak English well and are really informative with everything you're doing. We made dashi and 7 courses for the Summer Izakaya menu- they give you a packet with the recipes for everything and you can take it with you. This class was BEYOND worth it. Every other class I saw elsewhere seemed too expensive for too simple of a cooking lesson. We cooked 3 courses to start and ate those as a sort of appetizer. We then cooked the other 3 and enjoyed them with sake (additional 500 yen per person) as a whole class. Dessert at the end! I would recommend this to anybody going to Kyoto!
I think that putting 3 people together is too many for one cooker. One person gets excluded from the preparation. Rather split 2/1
Really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Great hosts and the food turned out really well
We really loved the experience. It was well explained, fun, relaxing, extremely well organized and really tasty!
The food was authentic and delicious and will be easy to cook back in my home country. Highly recommend.
Wilde variety of recipes, very helpful teachers
Such a great class. Good tuition, good choice of dishes and lots of fun :)
We enjoyed the class very much, it was a really good choice! Our teacher was super nice, friendly, she told us a lot of additional facts about the Japanese cuisine. The meals were varied and delicious.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the traditional izakaya cooking class. The instructions were easy to follow and our instructors were extremely helpful and informative. They provided additional background on a few of the local ingredients used in the dishes and educated the class on the traditions of Japanese cooking. We appreciated that the class was split into two ‘cooking then eating’ sessions, which provided a nice opportunity to enjoy some of the dishes as we prepared them, as opposed to waiting until the end to eat everything. The sake provided at the end (for a small additional charge) was a great added bonus while enjoying the dishes we had prepared. Highly recommend this class if you’re looking for an opportunity to cook traditional Japanese cuisine!
Much better than expected. Small class with knowledgeable staff and a great variety of dishes.
Very informative, hands on and entertaining
Delightful teachers and thorough explanations on the essence of ‘Japanese Pub food.’
Well organised..amaxing teachers..
This class was everything I was personally hoping for. The instructor was very well versed in english, the location was a profesional one, meaning that this was nobody home but a kitchen studio with all the facilities that you would want and the menu was at the same time simple to repeat it at home but delicious and VERY japanese. It was an excellent experience.
We had lots of fun. Easy recipes that we can re-create at home. Everything was delicious. Suitable for all ages. Would highly recommend.
Definitely the highlight of our vacation! It was a great way to immerse ourselves with Japanese dining culture. My whole family enjoyed the experience. We learned cooking authentic Japanese foods that were usually served in restaurants. It was a hands on experience in a very traditional setting. The class was conducted in English and it was definitely a plus! We got to share some laughs, had some sake tasting and authentic Japanese green tea. And plus, we all got to wear their traditional Samue.
Teacher was very kind, and she provided a lot of great information not just about the food, but about the region itself. Food was great.
We had such a good time at this class learning lots of new techniques and discovering new flavours.
Really enjoyed learning about the flavours of Japan. Can’t wait to make my own twist of dishes in Australia
Good balance of cooking methods and allowed us time to interact with staff and students. Thanks for doing the dishes!
Was a great class and learnt heaps. Would have liked a beer or wine to have with our meal.
Class of 4 of us had a great experience cooking And enjoying our results.
We simply enjoyed the class! Clear directions and wonderful instructors. Bonus, food wonderful and we’ll be able to make at home. Highly recommend.
Lovely teachers, excellent food, lovely experience
A wonderful afternoon experiencing authentic Japanese home style cooking. Explanations about the ingredients were good. Also a very nice atmosphere and great people.
Interesting and useful experience
The cuisine is simple but delicious. Definitely can do it again at home! Nice one
We were a group of 9 people and 3 hosts. They were very friendly and warm and the cooking was a lot of fun. All the many questions we had about ingredients etc. were patiently answered. Everything was well organised, the food was lovely and even my food allergies were accomodated for. I only wish there had been more interaction among the participants, which was not difficult because of the way we were placed. Besides that: Awesome!
We loved our class and the helpful and kind instructors!
Set in a traditional Japanese kitchen we learned how to cook a variety of delicious Japanese dishes that we will definitely be cooking again for friends and family when we get home. Great experience, highly recommended!
We made Dashi, Tomato salad, plum rice, chicken gyosas, tofu salad, chicken karage, and tea jelly! Everything was delicious and fairly easy to make. The teachers were friendly and knowledgeable, and answered our many questions :) I would definitely recommend this class to anyone visiting Kyoto.
The whole experience was a cultural highlight! The cooking class takes place in a traditional Japanese house, which contributes to the authentic atmosphere. The class was very hands-on, the teachers were great and we enjoyed a very delicious meal! I can highly recommend this class! Will definitely do it again when I'm back and also try it out in other places I will travel to.