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Kyoto - Yamashita (#1 on tabelog for seafood)

The Cookbook Addict Aug 2, 2012 05:14 PM

Yamashita is rated #1 on tabelog for seafood and the pics look amazing. Anyone been or know about it? I can't find anything about it in English....

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    edozanmai RE: The Cookbook Addict Aug 2, 2012 10:05 PM

    Yamashita is great. And not too expensive. You may need to wait a while for a reservation, and they are closed Mondays.

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      The Cookbook Addict RE: edozanmai Aug 3, 2012 05:47 AM

      Thanks so much edozamai. We are seafood fiends but alas do not speak Japanese. Is everything a la carte there?

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        The Cookbook Addict RE: edozanmai Aug 3, 2012 05:54 AM

        Also - sorry to be a pest, but there is another grilled seafood place that looks awesome but I can't even figure out the name for. (Google translate calls it "And your AGI"). The phone number is 075-344-8065 and the address is: Kyoto Kyoto Shimogyo on Article 55, 592-3 Le Fukakusa town hospital through Higashibora. Tried googling the phone number but can't find anything in English. Anyone have any idea what this place is? Thanks so much!

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          Silverjay RE: The Cookbook Addict Aug 3, 2012 06:18 AM

          No idea how that shop name or address have been rendered into English, but their Tabelog site is http://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A26020... and the shop is called Agiyao. Neither of these places are exclusively grilled seafood. They are general seafood cuisine restaurants. Yamashita has three price tiered course options. Agiyao is a la carte. You can probably ask them to do a course for you though as the menu is hand written daily and not translated. I would call ahead and book if you're planning to dine at one/both.

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            The Cookbook Addict RE: Silverjay Aug 3, 2012 06:42 AM

            Thanks, Silverjay! Google translate is very funny sometimes....I am definitely going to try to book one of these.

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              edozanmai RE: Silverjay Aug 3, 2012 08:40 AM

              When I have been to Yamashita, if it is indeed the same one you are thinking of, there is nothing in the way of a course menu: everything is as you order. And from what I could determine, there was not much, if any, English spoken or understood.
              Yamashita offers mostly seafood, cooked an not, in a kappo style setting; ie, you sit at the counter and order and eat. I think the banter between the diners and the staff behind the counter really add a lot to the meal, and to the restaurant's rating.

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                Silverjay RE: edozanmai Aug 3, 2012 08:47 AM

                Says there are three courses to choose from for lunch and for dinner- http://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A26020... . Most of the kuchikomi reviews recount the courses. Some people do order a la carte as well.

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                  The Cookbook Addict RE: Silverjay Aug 3, 2012 10:41 AM

                  Thanks again. We're going to be staying at a small hotel that has a really terrific staff (Hotel Mume) and I've emailed to ask them to see if they can book us a resy and pre-arrange what we're going to have. They've done the same for us at a few other places where no English is spoken. We're ok with pointing, nodding and eating whatever is served. :-)

                  There's a kushiage place in Kyoto that also looks great on tabelog (I'm thinking we'll need a break from all of the kaiseki and seafood at some point). The phone number is 075-222-0054. They're rated #1 for kushiage but I can't make heads or tails of the name. Would be super grateful if anyone had any ideas...

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                    Silverjay RE: The Cookbook Addict Aug 3, 2012 01:25 PM

                    Kushi Tanaka....Yes, that's a good idea for making restaurant arrangements. Don't forget to get sake recs as well!

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                    The Cookbook Addict RE: Silverjay Aug 4, 2012 01:09 AM

                    In case anyone else is interested in Yamashita -- My hotel called and confirmed that, as Silverjay wrote, they do have 3 set courses (9,000, 11,000 or 13,000 yen plus 5% service) or a la carte. They do not speak English but they have an English menu and have had some guests from overseas. If we end up going, I'll definitely report.

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                    The Cookbook Addict RE: edozanmai Aug 4, 2012 07:06 AM

                    Edozanmai, thanks for weighing in. We might give it a shot even if it will be a little awkward...Any favorite dishes you can recommend? From the pics it looks like a lot of people get grilled oysters, crab (not sure if they'll have any crab in early September?), some kind of soup with dumplings in it that google translate calls "duck buns", grilled eel and tempura. Also seem to be some kind of seafood-flavored rice dishes, not sure if these are seasonal specials. Would be super-grateful to hear about any favorites that stuck in your mind...

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              The Cookbook Addict RE: The Cookbook Addict Aug 31, 2012 09:23 AM

              Can anyone tell me what the address for Yamashita is in English? I can't get it to save to my google maps...

              Thanks so much!

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                graceface RE: The Cookbook Addict Aug 31, 2012 10:26 AM

                Try this link – I did a search for "Yamashita" and got this:

                The address is
                Kyoto city, Nakagyou ward, Kiyamachi-dori Nijo-sagaru
                i.e., on Kiyamachi-dori, south of Nijo-dori

                Hope that helps!

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                The Cookbook Addict RE: The Cookbook Addict Sep 7, 2012 12:58 AM

                I'll post a more extensive trip report when I get back, but I just wanted to post a quick note on this thread that we went to Yamashita last night and it was awesome. Really casual, boisterous atmosphere where everyone is joking around and drinking and eating tons of fresh seafood. We got an 11,000 yen set menu and also ordered grilled hamo a la carte. The chefs were very friendly.

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