English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 47 reviews)
“Japanese hospitality at its best”
We wanted a quiet place to meet and talk over a meal without being disturbed. This place turned out to be just perfect. Stepped off a busy street into a different world of elegance and discretion. Ushered into a private room, where the three of us sat on the mats at a low table. We had one of the ...set menus. Small quantities of delicious food arriving atdicreetly timed intervals, adding up to a pretty big meal. Wonderful presentation and flavour. The best part, though, was that they let us sit there and chat for a couple of hours after we had finished the meal. No pressure, no hints we should leave. A lovely place.
Visited November 2018
“Made a tofu believer out of me! EAT HERE!”
When I tell Canadians that the tofu in Japan was excellent, they kind of roll their eyes. We don't get the world's best tofu in Canada so my expectations about what it is were frankly pretty low. Friends told us about this restaurant and took us there while we are in town. I am SO GLAD we went. DO ...NOT MISS THE CHANCE to have a sit down tofu centred meal in Kyoto! It was like I'd never even eaten tofu before. The tofu was delicious! Which sounds strange to say. I hadn't thought of tofu as having much flavour before - it was all about the texture. They played with the texture masterfully as well, also. One tofu dish was prepared right at the table with the tofu being stirred in a chaffing dish until it was a soft cake like consistency. The tofu was served in soup, grilled, deep fried, as a skin - so many ways. The group of four ordered the seasonal menu. Each of us got individual dishes, other than the large chaffing dish of tofu. Our friends were vegetarian so their dishes centred on tofu and mushrooms. We eat everything, so our had tofu, mushrooms as well as wild boar, barruda, shrimp, lotus root, etc. Every dish was delicious! The courses were brought out one at a time. Some were ready to eat. Others came in small clay pots over flame and we had to wait while they finished cooking. At some point, I lost track of how many courses there were and just enjoyed whatever was brought. One of the best sit down multi-course meals in a restaurant I have ever had. It was our fancy meal for the trip. At about $65 a person (without drinks), I thought it was excellent value (and I'm a value traveler who is usually about finding the inexpensive local fare).
Visited December 2018
“Don't miss it!”
I was on a tour of the food markets in Kyoto and our guide took the 4 of us to this restaurant. I would have never found it on my own. It was great--a real Japanese experience. They have an English menu. You choose from several set dinners/lunches--about 5-8 small courses, all excellent. You get ...your own small room--seats on floors, but your feet have a well to be in, so you don't have a problem with your legs.
Visited March 2018
Semi-tofu kaiseki, as I ordered wagyu beef too and has sashimi and oysters. Nonetheless tofu still the main thing here. I was particularly impressed by the tofu dim sim, because it tasted like meat dim sim. Some dishes I didn’t really enjoy. Especially the tofu that tasted like cheese fondu. The res...taurant itself is quiet, with individual dining areas. Excellent atmosphere to enjoy fine dining. Costed me 6500yen per person.
Visited December 2017
“THE BEST FOOD I HAD IN JAPAN! An Authentic Experience w/ Refined Food & Service at an Amazing Value!”
All I can say is WOW! This restaurant was amazing! This was the truly authentic Japanese restaurant we were hoping for! The food was Michelin Star grade! I ordered the 11 course prefixed dinner and every single course was absolutely delicious! The value is outstanding! My 11 course dinner was only $...30. I'm still dreaming about how amazing the food was here and I'm sad that I will never get the same experience in the US. Our experience was as follow: We made a reservation so they were for prepared for our arrival. We were kindly greeted at the door where we take shoes off. We were guided to our private tatami room. The waitress poured and provided FREE pot of hot Japanese tea which we loved! There is a telephone provided in the room so you can call for immediate assistance to request anything. After providing an english menu the waitress took our order. The food arrived and it was beautifully plated -each course was prepared in the most refined possible way. The is was the best restaurant experience we had during our entire 2 week stay in Japan. Simply amazing and not be missed if you are seeking a truly authentic Japanese experience with outstanding food! This restaurant was recommended to us by a local which were so happy to have met. p.s. The next evening we decided to try Samurai restaurant after reading all the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Boy were we soooooo disappointed. After having the amazing experience at Ume no Hana the Samurai restaurant felt like a tourist trap for foreigners. Most of the guests are were western and the waiter spoke perfect english so we didn't feel like we were in japan. The servers were nice but the food was double the price and mediocre compared to Ume no Hana. Samurai restaurant wasn't terrible it was just saddening bc we felt like we had been duped and wished we had passed on this over-rated restaurant -especially since the day before we had the refined service and refined experience at Ume no Hana.
Visited April 2017