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#91 Orik

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:22 PM

Lunch here, but you come early and stand in line or they may run out:

 

https://tabelog.com/...30601/13129390/


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns

#92 Chambolle

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:43 PM

Re ressie, thanks but my concierge is on it and said she won’t know til afternoon as resto isn’t open now


Pras ! Pras !!

The concierge ... The concierge from ...

KY got me in ! And It feels SO GOOD in here. I’m never leaving ! OMFG I think I might be in heaven ... seriously ! Rustic, a bit rough, ahhhh Pras, that’s just the way I like it ... great suggestion !

We’re good friends ... we can chat about resto ambience w/o the rest of them judging us, right ?

I got horse, bugs, crickets, duck, veggies up the wazoo (WITH wasabi to clear the passages) in front of me right at this very moment

And the craziest thing is that I was boared the second I arrived ... details and fotos in the future ... I still got insects to ingest and sake to suck down ... please excuse me ...

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 01:32 PM

Lunch here, but you come early and stand in line or they may run out:

https://tabelog.com/...30601/13129390/


These tablelog entries are non/trivial for a neophyte to navigate, truth be told

Remember my buddy Sho-Time ... I thought he blew me off and I was kinda pissed ... but silly me, nobody blows off Chambo with him requesting it ... what I didn’t realize is that Sho was going for J-i-T ressie rec delivery 🚚 ... so what exactly do I mean by that ??... je m’explique ...

I arrive KY ... I’m in taxi ... and it’s Sho-Time ! My taxi, his email, my Inbox, a marriage made in heaven, but it’s complicated stuff for a simple man like Chambo !

What to do ?

Ship it off to the KY concierge and demand satisfaction , of course.

The concierge, who gives me a bit of lip about reserving well in advance, which I don’t take like a withering flower and play the ball back deep into her court ... and I’m still waiting for her return, by the way .. but truth be told, I don’t really care cuz I’m here to learn and pray and my eyes 👀 are not looking towards the ✨

In any event here is Sho, restoring my faith in mankind ... all of which my concierge said are shut down for sweet little Chambo for the next two days ... if I didn’t have to go to temples tomorrow I’d use my proven power just to put things into perspective ... but I’m having trouble finishing this post cuz I’m dozing off right now as I was while arriving .,,

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Plz let me know when you come back to Tokyo. Enjoy your trip!!


2019年9月19日(木) 17:21 Sho-Time

Sorry for late reply Chambo. Actually we don't have some connection around Osaka n Kyoto.But I'll tell you amazing restaurant list.

Kyoto
https://tabelog.com/...60201/26012136/

https://tabelog.com/...60202/26023268/

https://tabelog.com/...60301/26002279/

https://tabelog.com/...60301/26022200/

https://tabelog.com/...60304/26023771/

Osaka

https://tabelog.com/...70102/27015488/


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#94 Orik

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 01:44 PM

Good list. I'm curious about Aca. Mizai I'm guessing is impossible. Hajime you probably don't need in your Eurocentric life (and seems to me like Osaka is better at less fancy dining anyway)


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 09:58 PM

Concierge service levels are OFF THE EFFING CHARTS in this country ! 

 

At least that’s been my lucky experience so far. I could recount SO many things. It’s just nonstop and it’s astounding to me. What I'm requesting is insane and they are just so on it ... I can't imagine what they actually think of Chambo ... and I wouldn't blame them for any of those thoughts. 

 

My reactions could be a bit related to the fact that I’m so seriously unprepared for this trip (and the language AND alphabet barrier) and hence I need their help but it’s just so much more than that. In general, I never use any concierge services in the US or Europe cuz I’m usually reasonably prepared or already knowledgeable enough and can so easily do whatever I need to do myself ... and I simply doubt that concierge is going to be on my wavelength re what I would like ... 



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 10:25 PM

Good list. I'm curious about Aca. Mizai I'm guessing is impossible.  Osaka is better at less fancy dining anyway)


In any event here is Sho, restoring my faith in mankind ... all of which my concierge said are shut down for sweet little Chambo for the next two days ...


As I said (or tried to say  :unsure: ) above, nothing on that list is available during my stay ... and the concierge added "Some of the restaurants start taking the reservation 1 year in advance ... If you are fine with other Michelin restaurants, please inform us ..."
 
So I took the bait with this response to hopefully show them that I know the program and to better target them ... but I'm guessing that they just have a few Mich-y places that are never full and are ALWAYS available, especially this time of year which is not high season ...
 

Thank you for looking into those restaurants

And yes, i am well aware of the need to book well in advance, and even immediately after a restaurant opens up their reservation book for a future month etc ... but at the same time, it is also the case that there are last minute cancellations that happen for various reasons ... just thought it might be g worth a try

I would be happy to research two potential Michelin restaurants that had availability on my dates and that you thought were worthwhile and aimed at serious locals or knowledgeable food people as opposed to tourists eating their one special meal of the year / trip

Similarly i would decide tomorrow morning if I thought one made sense for me


The above went out past 8pm ... just prior to my heading off to dinner

Their response came back at about 1am ... they responded at PAST MIDNIGHT !!! ... craziness ... and offered up the following
 

We are pleased to recommend you some restaurants as follows:

 
Restaurant:                         Muromachi Wakuden
Website:                             http://www.wakuden.j...i/en/muromachi/
Hours:                                5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (last order)
Menu:                                 JPY 15,000/20,000/25,000 per person (incl. tax and service charge)
Location:                            Downtown area, about 15 minutes away by taxi from Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The menu at JPY25,000, you need to order the menu a few days in advance.
 
Restaurant:                        Hana Kitcho
Website:                             https://kyoto-kitcho...estaurant/hana/
Hours:                                5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (last order)
Menu:                                 JPY 12,000/18,000/25,000 per person (excl. tax and service charge)
Location:                            Gion area, about 10 minutes away by taxi from Hyatt Regency Kyoto
 
If we could be any further assistasnce, please contact concierge.

  
Do I want to go to either of these ?

I'll also note that I have a ressie right now at Gion Yata, per the concierge's earlier recommendation. Chef last night seemed to approve of the choice, but who knows ...

Alright ... gotta put together my sightseeing plan in this amazing city ...



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 11:46 PM

Not to kitcho

 

I haven´t been to wakuden but tabelog says you should go to their other location https://tabelog.com/...60301/26000535/

 

Also ask concierge about yoshihisa https://tabelog.com/...60301/26031203/

 

Also, probably impossible, Kiyama https://tabelog.com/...60202/26029017/

 

This place just opened and is getting good reviews (related to Aca?) https://tabelog.com/...60301/26032601/

 

Kachi is a well reviewed high-end izakaya https://tabelog.com/...w_part=all&PG=2

 

And one Israeli sake bar I've always wondered about (Yoramu) https://tabelog.com/...60202/26001144/

 

This is as much as I can find while sandwiching.


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Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:06 AM

That's more than plenty, thanks !

 

IYHO do you think I actually want to go to Gion Yata ... that's the place where I have a ressie tomorrow. It was also available for tonight ... and these availabilities for Fri and Sat kinda have me worried ...

 

 

I'm totally lined up for coffee in Kyoto and I'm very confident of these.

 

Per KOFFEE MAMEYA in Tokyo ... info is coming from my new best friend and neighbor named Taka who works there ...

 

STYLE COFFEE. per KOFFEE MAMEYA, be sure to say hello to "Jesus" (cuz his actual name is Cross) and you'll be good to go

 

 

 

WEEKENDERS COFFEE

 

And the Kimchee Princess, who likes style and design said I have to at least peek at the Kyoto Blue Bottle location. Not sure why, but I can't disappoint a princess ... I have rules, ya know



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:09 AM

Yes to weekenders. Don't know Style, but why not. 

 

Blue Bottle obviously feh on coffee but maybe the location is beautiful. 

 

Also see:

 

https://goodcoffee.me/area/kyoto/


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Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:13 AM

From a quick look, Yata seems not too well regarded and is part of a group that also owns Brooklyn Parlor in Hakata and a couple of other random places, so maybe try harder.


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Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:21 AM

Super, thanks ... going to see the concierge now and then I gotta get out of here ... way to much to see ... have no idea which way I'm headed ... into the future ... or into the past ... but I'm going somewhere and everywhere fast and all at the same time ... slept way better, by the way ... asleep before that concierge email came in ie 12.30am-ish +/- (so I was up for 24hrs straight) and then awake, bright eyes and bushy tailed today a bit after 5 ... you know the saying .. the early bird gets ... well actually had them insects last night, didn't I ? ... time travel, you see 



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:00 AM

Inoda Coffee is just plain old coffee, but there are several branches in convenient locations, and Inoda is very Kyoto. It's been around since the'40s, I think. The main shop is particularly nice, but I usually go to the Sanjo one. They used to allow smoking, though, and I don't imagine that has changed. It is, for me, one if the unfortunate aspects of dining in Japan.

https://www.inoda-co.../shop/#mainShop for locations.

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 12:56 AM

Concierge service levels are OFF THE EFFING CHARTS in this country ! 

 
They are now way beyond OFF THE EFFING CHARTS ... I have personal, super knowledgeable butlers who keep on supplying any and all info and they are having fun doing so (cuz I keep it fun) ... it's truly crazy and you simply wouldn't believe my email thread with them ... I'd post it but it's just too long to post
 
I now understand why Pras was saying to stay further north in Kyoto and I do agree ... never doubted it ... just didn't really understand and didn't have time to find a different hotel ... but as you can sense, I am VERY VERY VERY happy where I am and it's not just the concierge ... Hyatt Regency is an excellent choice for a first time visitor ... even if you are taking some extra / longer taxi

Did a flyby of the Inoda Coffee above ... nice big room ... but you need to be unrushed to sit there and enjoy it and that wasn't my situation .... did go to WEEKENDERS COFFEE TOMINOKOJI ... those guys (and gals) are good good at this tiny joint. Nishiki Market for a street food lunch prior and buying a gazillion things I truly don't need, FOMO in action
 
Many many other flybys that I'll report details at a future date ... Deux Cochons ... then post 2 Pigs I was on route to check out Sake Bar Yoramu but got a real-time, just-in-time concierge update that they were closed for vacay until Sept 21 and they suggested a sake plan B at Sake Hall Masuya which I did ... which is much more for the masses, I'm guessing, but since I'm a sake amateur I had a grand time there, great service, good simple bites and continued to BEFORE9 arriving at 8.58 (it's open late, by the way) and saying "I'm in ! two minutes to spare ! right !" and a whole bunch of Swedes / Danes are liking the line ... who turn out to be known brewers and we had an awesome time with them, the BEFORE9 owner (who also owns ANOTHER8 in Tokyo) and his gal 
 
For tonight, Yata was cancelled and replaced by Muromachi Kaji as per your tablelog entry ... so I'm sure hoping that entry is indeed the correct one (and I'm pretty sure it is ... but who knows if there's another resto named Kachi out there) and your Kachi is a typo or another spelling for Kaji ... strange but the listed website on tablelog is different than that of Goog Maps but address and phone match ... and I'm too overloaded to wade thru stuff non-AtoZ alphabetics

 

It is proving to be non-trivial for me to find places w/o asking for help when I'm within 10 meters of them because I have the English name of the establishment (and it may be located in a basement or on the 7th or 13th floor etc etc) and some of these places only have Japanese characters for their signage ... and further I don't fully understand these addresses ... but I'm getting there ...
 

Kachi is a well reviewed high-end izakaya https://tabelog.com/...w_part=all&PG=2

 
 
And if I want a post-prandial, then supposedly the best cocktail place in the Kyoto, per some Asian InstaGrammette who gets around, is the nearby Bar Rocking chair ... but I'm not the biggest cocktail person, truth be told ... but the excellent BEFORE9 ain't too far away or maybe Sake Bar Yoramu after I re-ask my personal butlers if they're closed until or thru Sept 21 ... I'm guessing the latter cuz they are normally closed Sun Mon Tue and I doubt that they would reopen just for Sat ... but that's what butlers are for and I promised them that I would be the worst nightmare of a client before we are done ... and they laughed and laughed and told me that I wasn't even close and I couldn't imagine ... but I'm working hard on it ... gotta run



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Posted 21 September 2019 - 05:26 AM

... but I would highly recommend trying to get reservations for Katsura Rikyu and Kokedera (official name is Saihoji). They are two of my favorite places in Kyoto

Tofukuji in Arashiyama is another favorite, especially in the fall.

If I have time for one of your two top faves, which one, Pras ? Not sure I’ll have time and it’s dependent upon what else is on the program tomorrow ... but I’ll factor in your feedback ...

Note that if you’re going to suggest anything else in Arashiyama it must solidly outrank STYLE COFFEE and a cocktail at the Ritz ... should I be visiting the Heian Shrine ? Don’t think I’d have time today though ...

Tofukuji is not located in Arashiyama AFAI can tell. Is Tofukuji indeed your fave or might it be something else in Arashiyama ? I ask because I’ll be in Arashiyama within the hour to see Tenryuji Temple ... the clock is ticking ... but are you sleeping 💤 💤 , Pras ?

I’m contemplating a 15 stone rock garden now ... plenty of nicely raked white gravel, too

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 11:28 AM

Oops. It's Jojakkoji in Arashiyama. No idea why I thought Tofukuji.

Between Katsura Rikyu and Saihoji, I would go to Katsura Rikyu. I've been there many, many times, but not since they started doing English tours. I mention that because when it started becoming more popular with foreign tourists, the atmosphere of the tours changed somewhat and became (imo) less pleasant. There were more rules (like "don't stand on the plants," which wasn't a necessary rule when mostly Japanese visited), but those rules were routinely ignored by foreign tourists which created unpleasantness. I do think the thought and detail that went into creating Katsura Rikyu would make an English-language tour very desirable. There were a lot of details I missed because my Japanese wasn't up to snuff, and my Japanese companions were too focused on the info to translate (back then, foreigners could bring a Japanese companion as a translator, and since it was very difficult for Japanese to get reservations but tourists could easily get them, I would bring along a Japanese friend, regardless of ability to translate).

At this point, however, you might not be able to go to either Saihoji or KR since advance reservations are necessary. Looks like Saihoji is definitely out, but maybe your concierge can try to get you in? http://saihoji-koked...eservation.html

KR has some availability!
https://sankan.kunai.../4201?ym=201909 ( or if that link doesn't work, start here https://sankan.kunai...ster/month/4201 )