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Kyoto Kaiseki Mastery: Hyotei (Honten) [Review] w/ Pics!

Thank you steamer .Someone asked if I missed out any photos, no , that was all.

Dec 07, 2009
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Worst Kaiseki "Hyotei" in Kyoto , Japan ,3 stars michelin

Yes, uncle yabai, that is " all " the food . We picked y 37,000 because it is middle upper range.Did not expect it to be so bad . Thanks lost squirrel on the flickr link. This is the first time I ever complained about a restaurant because I don't want anyone to have such an awful experience in Japanese dining . I have stayed at Gora Kadan, Asaba, Horai and the service , presentation , selection of seasonal food is worth the price .

Dec 07, 2009
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Kyoto Kaiseki Mastery: Hyotei (Honten) [Review] w/ Pics!

Just came back from Kyoto . Worst Kaiseki I ever had was at "Hyotei". For Y37,000++ per person I want to tell everyone I know to avoid this place. Please see my post Worst Kaseiki 'Hyotei" 3 star michelin or Flickr.com under "shrimpwonton" judge for yourself.

Dec 06, 2009
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Worst Kaiseki "Hyotei" in Kyoto , Japan ,3 stars michelin

Just back from Kyoto and Tokyo. Went to "Hyotei" in Kyoto and though quite expensive at Y37,000 ++ per head our group was expecting an exceptional kaiseki experience especially in Kyoto.We had stayed at many 5 stars Ryokan in Japan and travels to Japan 3-4 times a year for the food. Kitcho Arashimaya , Tsuruya , Mizai and Kikunoi Honten and Hyotei are all 3 stars kaiseki. Unfortunately, we picked Hyotei.The staff who speaks English was very rude when she called our hotel and was able to be connected to our room . She wants to re-confirm our reservation but extremely arrogant and unpolite.We arrived on time, party of eight people and was seated in a tatami room . Normally at 3 star Japanese kaiseki meal there would be a hand - written menu . Nothing in our case .Our meal was fish , fish and more fish, ah , one soft-boiled egg .We ordered sake but other than bringing in the food no other service like pouring the wine or explaining what we are eating was given.In terms of the food , terrible. Service: not much. At least there should be presentation : other than shiso leaf and a few maples thrown in on the plate ,I can do better . I think photos speaks for everything : flickr.com under "shrimpwonton".

Dec 06, 2009
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Michelin Osaka/Kyoto

Any favourites for Kyoto restaurants please ? Need to go in November . Only booked Yoshikawa tempura and Arashimaya kitcho , Mishima -tei for sukiyaki.

Sep 19, 2009
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Kyoto "A" list

I am afraid by the time the M guide is out it would be difficult to get reservations. Thanks for the link .

Sep 18, 2009
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Sushi kanesaka lunch set

Uncle Yabai,
Do you have any recommendations for Kyoto. Will be there for a week . I had dinner at Kanesaka for around Y30,000 yen per person . Aged toro is very good .Portions are small though.

Sep 18, 2009
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Kyoto "A" list

So many kakaiseki, sushi, unagi, ramen , tempura ...Planning to go in November .What's your A list please ? Thanks!

Sep 15, 2009
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One day in Tokyo near Mandarin Oriental

Zakuro has very good shabu shabu . Also ,tomato salad,sesame tofu and turtle soup.They have several branches but I prefer the one opp Mandarin.

Aug 11, 2009
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Da Domenica - Way, Way Overated!!

I've been to Chez Panisse , one of my favourite. Service sucks at DD , owner instructed the staff that you need to pour your own distill water . They have enough regular rich clients they can afford to be " very rude " to the rest . Umberto and Roland are both at Aspasia . Their pizza and pasta can be just as good.

Tokyo eating trip

I think if you call ahead at Kanesaka he can prepare omakase with "aged "toro .Just like aged beef .That is what we had .

Dec 02, 2008
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Tokyo eating trip

Dons de la Nature : we were greedy and had extra extra thick cut . Felt sick the rest of the evening. Best onion soup though.
Shima : We go there everytime but I found other than the steak the fried rice with mustard green is really good.
Kanaesaka : Call ahead few days and ask K San to prepare " .special menu"

Oct 04, 2008
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