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Omakase in Kyoto

puffin_26 Oct 5, 2009 07:34 AM

I will be in Kyoto later this month for five days and would really like to experience omakase while I am there. I have done a Chowhound search and it seems that all restaurants where omakase is offered and which are recommended here are in Tokyo - while we will be in Tokyo for five days, it is with friends who are somewhat price conscious and I don't want to put them in a difficult position and so thought that, if possible, I should experience this in Kyoto.

Neither I nor my travelling companion speak any Japanese, although we are trying to learn enough to at least manage Please and Thank You, which I think could be a problem for omakase?

Would be most grateful for any suggestions.


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    Uncle Yabai RE: puffin_26 Oct 5, 2009 04:38 PM

    Omakase what?

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      puffin_26 RE: Uncle Yabai Oct 6, 2009 03:48 AM

      Apologies - I had understood that omakase was mainly a sushi thing and that to say omakase sushi was redundant, but it was sushi that I had in mind.


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        Uncle Yabai RE: puffin_26 Oct 6, 2009 05:25 AM

        Got it. I know there are some fine sushi restaurants in Kyoto, but I have never been to any of them. But there is some discussion here in CH on that. ANY high end sushi restaurant will offer omakase, and many of them will offer nothing else...

    2. monkuaruka RE: puffin_26 Oct 11, 2009 05:19 AM

      I would consider "Matsumoto". http://erisekiya.cocolog-nifty.com/ky... (Japanese) shows a sample lunch, 10 pieces 5,000 JPY, 13 pieces 8,000 JPY. Young chef, interestingly uses both "edomae" and southern sourced fish. We had a great lunch there about two weeks ago (photo). You will need to have your concierge make a reservation and let them know of any preferences (e.g. if you dislike shellfish, uni, etc.).

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        monkuaruka RE: monkuaruka Oct 13, 2009 02:08 AM

        Looks like the reservation is now impossible. Matsumoto just got two stars in the Kansai Michelin guide...

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          puffin_26 RE: monkuaruka Oct 14, 2009 09:46 AM

          Monkuaruka - thank you so much for your reply. Will try to make a reservation at Matsumoto - perhaps try on the day (each day we are there....) for a last minute cancellation.

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