Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast at Brasserie and Dining Review

Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast at Brasserie and Dining Review

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto is where breakfast is served daily. There's a diverse breakfast buffet, as well as a la carte options. When reserving as a TravelSort Client, you enjoy a full buffet breakfast for two daily (alternatively you can order an a la carte breakfast in the restaurant or via room service), as well as other Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits.

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto Location and Hours

Brasserie is located on the hotel's first floor. From the entrance on the 3rd floor, descend the stairs just off to the right. Breakfast is served 7am-10:30am, lunch is served 11:30am-2:30pm, and dinner is served 5:30pm-10pm. While most of the seating is inside, including some at comfortable circular banquettes, there's also some outdoor seating as well that is popular in the warmer months.

Banquette Seating, Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto Review

 

The Scene

During our breakfast, there were a number of couples dining, as well as a few families and small groups of businessmen. It was bustling with activity, but hostesses and servers remained pleasant and efficient.

 

Brasserie at Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Menu and Food

Since buffet breakfast was included with our Preferred Partner rate, we all chose the buffet. Note that kids under 12 pay 50% of the cost of the adult buffet rate, and you can use your hotel credit towards the cost.

Brasserie Breakfast Menu, Four Seasons Kyoto

 

There was a good selection of fresh fruit and juices, which is usually our first stop for a breakfast buffet. Fruits included not only pineapple, melon, oranges, and bananas, but also mango, strawberries, and blueberries, which I appreciated.

Juices, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

Fresh Fruit, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Review

 

Homemade yogurts were also delicious, especially the yogurt with persimmon compote topping.

Yogurt and Bircher Muesli, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

 

My favorite savory dish was this cold poached salmon, with a miso-like topping that lent richness and umami.

Poached Salmon, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet:

 

There was also Chinese rice congee with condiments, and fried noodles:

Congee and Condiments, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

Noodles, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet Review

 

There were also cheeses and cold cuts:

Cheeses, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast Cold Cuts, Four Seasons Kyoto

 

And of course salad, just as at Amanemu. I can't say I'm that enamored of having salad for breakfast, but then again Japanese women's life expectancy is about 87 years old, compared to 82 for U.S. women, so perhaps a breakfast salad or Japanese breakfast would be a good healthy habit to adopt.

Salad, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

 

And pastries included several housebaked breads, muffins, danishes and other pastries:

Muffins and Pastries, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Buffet

 

My favorite were the almond croissants, the best I tasted in Japan on this trip, and perfect with a cappuccino:

Almond Croissant, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Review

Cappuccino, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Review

 

As part of the breakfast buffet, you're able to select an egg dish from the menu. My son chose the Baked Scrambled Eggs, which came topped with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil, and was delicious.

Baked Scrambled Eggs, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Review

 

My husband and I both chose the Truffle Onsen Egg, which I enjoyed but he didn't care for. The egg is lightly poached, adorned with black truffle shavings, and served atop creamy spinach.

Truffle Onsen Egg, Four Seasons Kyoto Breakfast Review

 

Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service 

Since we had additional hotel credit from the special Four Seasons Preferred Partner offer we'd reserved, we ordered a room service lunch before we departed. Of the items we ordered, the best was my husband's Club Sandwich:

Club Sandwich, Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service Review

 

Next was my son's burger, also very good, although not the best we've had.

Burger, Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service Review

 

The salad was fresh and tasty, with mini tomatoes:

Salad, Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service Review

 

My Soft-Shell Crab Wrap was disappointing for the price, with little crab in it. I wouldn't order it again.

Soft-shell Crab Wrap, Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service Review

 

The cheesecake with fruit was good if not memorable.

Cheesecake with Fruit, Four Seasons Kyoto Room Service Review

 

The Verdict

We enjoyed Brasserie most for its breakfast buffet, particularly the excellent Japanese style poached salmon, baked scrambled eggs, yogurt with persimmon, fresh fruit, almond croissant, and cappuccino. It's a very high quality buffet, and I liked that the hot egg dishes went beyond the usual choices and were more creative.

Room service was punctual and attractively presented, and the Club Sandwich was very good, but overall didn't stand out, at least the dishes we ordered. 

If you've had breakfast or other meals at the Four Seasons Kyoto, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: We paid for our own stay at Four Seasons Kyoto, with complimentary breakfast and other Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits.

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