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Oct 5, 2009 07:34 AM

Omakase in Kyoto

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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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      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.


      1. re: puffin_26

        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. I would consider "Matsumoto". (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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      1. re: monkuaruka

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

        1. re: monkuaruka

          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.