By chance, we came across this restaurant on our first day and it got us through all our long hikes on subsequent days. After hours of hiking, when we were still several miles from the trailhead, and our legs were getting weary, we just started thinking of dinner at Chaya (even though we kept telling ourselves we would try a new restaurant each day) and we would end up back at its door for its gyudon (beef over rice).
We ordered three dishes each day, although gyudon was always one of the dishes. We tried their ramen and different udon, but the gyudon was the most memorable. I have not had gyudon like that since studying in Japan.
This is a hole-in-the-wall type restaurant, so it is small an seating is limited. Another dissatisfied reviewer mentioned having to wait outside in the rain. That is a good warning because there is no room to wait inside, unless you are standing in the aisle. We tried to arrive by 6pm each day to avoid lines and saw how quickly this place can fill up.
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