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Karuizawa recommendations

Asomaniac Dec 29, 2010 04:55 AM

We are in Karuizawa until 3 January. Any recommendations for any type of good quality restaurant (any cuisine, any price) would be most gratefully appreciated. Staying at Hoshinoya which has incredible kaiseki, inoshishi nabe and shabu-shabu but anything other than that would be great. Karuizawa has never struck me as a culinary Mecca but then again I never bothered doing much research.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

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    Uncle Yabai RE: Asomaniac Dec 29, 2010 02:28 PM

    You should check out the Wakadori. That place is a gas, the guy who runs it is the Nagayama-san of yakitori-don. On a less folkloric note, check out the Suju Masayuki restaurant.

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      Asomaniac RE: Uncle Yabai Dec 31, 2010 07:44 AM

      Wow, THAT guy? Must try it. Thanks for the recommendations. Any luck with Saito?

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        Uncle Yabai RE: Asomaniac Jan 1, 2011 05:29 AM

        Not yet, awaiting the concierge dialing for dollars at 12:01 AM on January 5th.

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      chowmouse RE: Asomaniac Jan 3, 2011 11:43 PM

      You're not there anymore, but just wanted to chime in to say Karuizawa has some amazing European-style bakeries and cafes. Don't remember any names but they're all in that old Karuizawa section of town.

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        Asomaniac RE: chowmouse Jan 10, 2011 05:16 PM

        No matter as I'll be back at least once a year - Hoshinoya is one of the most relaxing places I know - so thanks for the recommendation.

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          FourSeasons RE: Asomaniac Jan 10, 2011 07:48 PM

          How is the food at Hoshinoya?

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            Asomaniac RE: FourSeasons Jan 10, 2011 09:30 PM

            It is excellent, very very good kaiseki. I thoroughly recommend it. They do particuarly amazing tofu (it's their specialty - when I went in the Smmer, they had soramame tofu, this time it was leek tofu - absolutely delicious), and there are some interesting twists, like an incredible venison broth for example.

            Having said that, the meal was not nearly as mindblowing this time as it was when I went in June. Still very good, but less memorable.

            They have a very good sake list, with some extremely rare sakes, well worth visiting just for that.

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