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Where to go for a special birthday dinner in Takayama or Kyoto?

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We're actually in Takayama for my boyfriend's birthday, but I'm also open to having another birthday dinner in Kyoto for him as there might be more options for a fancy meal. I'm considering Kikunoi in Kyoto, and have no ideas down for Takayama yet.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

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  1. We enjoyed a lovely yakiniku meal of Hida beef at Maruaki restaurant in Takayama. The restaurant also do shabu shabu I think. It was not an especially high end place, but was recommended to us by our ryokan owner - I had originally asked her to book a different place we saw mentioned somewhere online, but location was not ideal. She said she and her family had recently had a good meal at this place for a big family celebration. It was nearby and also less expensive.
    Here's my post on it - http://www.kaveyeats.com/2012/12/hida...