English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 289 reviews)
“The best of the best”
An explosion of flavor. A team with good care. Colourful dishes. A surprising menu. Wine just excellent. Tea and sake a great taste. Quite expensive. Prepare your budget. The first price around 14.000 yen is absolutely generous. Will come back. Will never forget such a delicious experience.
Visited September 2019
“underwhelming and expensive”
Beautiful stunning setting, actually the best! Service immaculate. We had a beautiful room at the front of the property. 6 o’clock table was perfect for dinner as the room had large windows overlooking garden where the light changed with the sunset. High points of the meal would be a elegant auber...gine soup which was not only amazing it was presented beautifully. Also beautiful was a fig with white miso dish as well as an incredible selection of appetisers. Disappointed with eel/hamo appearing on the 11 course menu 3 times (was expecting a more luxurious fish considering the price of the meal, or at least a bit more diversity in what was served). Dessert was shaved ice...which lacked any other flavour than super sweet green tea - actually inedible for me and my partner as it was so sweet! A disappointing note to leave the dinner on. Also very expensive for a dessert of ice...
Visited August 2019
“Lovely cuisine, beautiful presentation”
11 course dinner served in our own dining room for 2 people. Each course presented in traditional plates/bowls and most were new to us. We loved everything except the sweetfish, which wasn't sweet but not very palatable. Good for a romantic evening out.
Visited June 2019
“Worst 3 Michelin star restaurant I know”
We love Japanese food and Kaseiki cuisine. We spent two weeks in Japan eating in several ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels) and high-end Michelin starred restaurants. We are privileged enough to have been in multiple Michelin starred restaurants across Europe and Asia. We had booked what seemed... to be the best menu available, composed of 11 Kaseiki dishes. We were instructed to arrive at 11:50 for lunch at 12:00. We arrived at 11:52, were led to a private room, typical of a traditional ryokan. It took nearly 30 minutes for the waitress to bring an English menu and to start serving our first dish. The third dish was red sea bream sashimi which still contained many tendons (white strings). They were impossible to cut with our teeth and we couldn't swallow them given their size. When we enquired how we were supposed to eat the sashimi, we were given a series of excuses including what sounded like racist comments (e.g. we can't recognize a fresh fish properly cut as we're not Japanese.) The waitress finally looked at it and admitted that she would have removed the leftover tendon had she prepared the dish herself. We never received a simple apology nor offered an alternative to make up for it. A few details like custom sauces were excellent. The bonito tataki was good too. The homemade wasabi ice cream was refreshing. Overall, compared to other traditional restaurants we experienced in various ryokans, the meal was average, and not even at the level of the 1-star restaurants we went to in the past. We appreciated the advice we received about Japanese etiquette. However, we found the service pretty casual for a starred restaurant; the waitress was very chatty about her life abroad, how Japanese cuisine was so much better than any other and commented on pretty much anything and everything. We were told that the chef was almost never at the restaurant as he was busy travelling the world, giving TV interviews and preparing menus for President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. We wondered how it was even possible for him to actually create a different menu every month given his schedule. The sous-chef finally agreed to have a quick chat with us when we asked if it was possible, which was much appreciated. Lastly, we were both sick the entire afternoon; either the fish or the sea fruit was clearly not fresh at all. We don't understand how this restaurant was ever given any star at all.
Visited April 2019
“Beautiful Kaiseki meal, but we were probably the wrong audience...”
This meal was incredibly beautiful, and it was a very new and different experience for us. My husband and I wanted to try a traditional Kaiseki meal while we were in Kyoto, and after much research we arranged our reservations here through our hotel. The staff was incredibly attentive, although our s...erver's English was quite limited (to be fair, our Japanese is incredibly limited), and I think that we missed out on a portion of the meal related to discussing the ingredients used in the various dishes, their preparation, and the significance of the presentation. As for the food itself, we had the classic complaint of Westerners when it comes to Kaiseki -- the flavors are meant to be very subtle, and the fat, salt, and acid components traditionally emphasized in Western fine dining are really down-played. I knew we might feel that way, and indeed we did. Nonetheless, we loved the persimmon and the rice topped with salmon roe, and enjoyed trying yuzu and some other new flavors. I was NOT a fan of a shark fin and turtle broth soup that we were served, as I have some environmental concerns, and I wish we had known in advance that this course would be served so we could have asked to skip it. All of the dining rooms at the restaurant are private, so it was just the two of us -- but we did have some fun people watching: a geisha was entertaining in one of the rooms and we loved watching the fleet of taxis bearing well-heeled patrons to the restaurant for this special occasion (we watched them arrive from our window). In all, we really enjoyed our evening, but probably more for the occasion and experience than for the food. If you want to try a traditional and elegant Kaiseki meal, this is a great one, but do your research and know what to expect before you arrive.
Visited November 2018