Here are the restaurants that I would recommend in Japan.
Ukyo, Kyoto (near the monkey park and bamboo forest)
The food at this restaurant was excellent if you like beef. You order a lunch box of a different grade of beef. Since I am a filet mignon fan, I ordered the leanest box, and here is what I got.
Sakyo, Kyoto (near the temples)
This restaurant had these incredible pancakes called Okonomiyaki. Each one had a choice of protein. The pancake was made of vegetables and the protein made it taste absolutely delicious.
We had shrimp in it. In addition to that, we also had a soba noodle dish with vegetables. What made this a memorable meal was that we were given utensils to flip the pancake and soba noodle dish.
Here is the outside of the restaurant:
Gion Area of Kyoto
Giro Giro Hitoshina
We had two omakase dinners while in Kyoto. The one I loved was Giro Giro Hitoshina. It was a nine-course meal. The cost was about $100 per person. Here’s what we had:
Course 2 was more of a pallet cleanser…
Course 4 – rice course
Course 6 – Sushi Course
Course 7 – Miso Soup
Here’s the chef:
Make sure to couple your meal with a nice bottle of saki. It just brings out the flavors of the meat and fish! Tanoshimi!