Food & Drink

A fantastic journey through the land of small plates

Lilliputian dishes won't stop you from indulging your Brobdingnagian appetite at Swift's Attic: a decidedly downtown small-plate haven taking over Kyoto's above Elephant Room, replete with fixtures made from things you might actually find in a room where young siblings discover the pleasures and horrors of humanity people store stuff, like irregular lengths of copper, old metal sheaves, and a bird cage that serves as a chandelier.Envisioned by alums from a slew of top eateries (Uchi, Jeffrey's, Mulberry, Haddingtons), creative comfort food starts with snacks (blistered shishito peppers, house-spiced beer nuts), lighter fare like Hawaiian red-salted raw Maine diver scallop tiradito (w/ cucumber sorbet, aji amarillo), and deep-fried goodness such as squid fries served with roasted garlic aioli, herb salad, and charred lemon, because when life gives you lemons... set them on fire.Heartier fare includes foie gras & Niman pork belly mini-banh mis, braised baby octopi (Spanish chorizo, corona beans, yellow pepper preserves), crispy twice-cooked duck wings, tater tot poutine (with ham hock, local Dos Lunas queso fresco, "Big Daddy" gravy), and red-curried venison kabobs from Broken Arrow Ranch that'll have you dropping a nuclear bomb later in the evening.You can hog the booze all to yourself, be it a selection from an affordable list curated by the East End Wines guy, a rare draft (Dogfish's 10.5% Burton Baton), or a cocktail like the Peligroso tequila/ St. Germain/ habanero sweet & sour Sir Gallahad, who, just like Gulliver and you, had a very hard time finding his way home.