English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 12 reviews)
“Most Exquisite Kaiseki Course we had ever came across!!”
We had Hyatt Regency Kyoto booked for us in advance for a lunch kaiseki course at Okazaki Tsuruya, in terms of pricing, not sure if it is still a Michelin Stars restaurant, but if compared with other michelin stars kaiseki style elite restaurants such as Wa Yamamura or Kikunoi, I would say this one ...could be slightly above average in terms of pricing with three different kaiseki lunch courses to choose from(JPY 15,000, JPY 30,000 or the JPY 60,000 per set per person), in case if you would like to try their night courses, you still need to book in advance through hotels they have strong relationship with (such as Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Ritz Carlton Kyoto) despite the night course would cost twice as much as its lunch menu. We picked the 30,000 set course per person with one vegetarian course (special request in advance) and one standard course. On the merits, you have your own room, exclusive Japanese garden view, and unmatchable food presentations. I would give it a 5 out of 5 providing if you know to appreciate the food, the Zen philosophy as well as the surrounding interior & exterior layout...
Visited January 2015
“Very Pricy & Over Rated for 3 Michelin Stars!”
It was a 9 course Keiseki dinner . The best thing in the whole dinning experience was food presentation . The bill was around $450 per person which is very high & nothing was extraordinary to justify this value! They mentioned that queen Elizabeth , princesses Diana, US president Ford ... & other ce...lebrities visited this restaurant. Perhaps we had to cover up for their bill:)! Service was very mechanical & no real welcoming feeling was there .
Visited April 2013
“disappointing and over-priced 3-star Michelin restaurant in Kyoto”
The food and service was average. Nothing inspired. Even Japan Airlines' First Class kaiseki meal from Tokyo to New York is better. Definitely not worth the JPY 30,000 starting menu price. Nothing memorable except the bill at the end of the meal. A rip-off restaurant from beginning to end. ... Not deserving of a 3-star Michelin rating!