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“Go here!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kotaro

Kotaro
Ranked #31 of 863 Restaurants in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Danville, California
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Go here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

This pace is great! We came here 5 years ago with our son. Two years ago our son returned with his girl friend. Today we went to Takayama (which is a must visit little town at the beginning of the Japanese alps easily accessible from Nagoya by limited express train free with JR rail pass). Part of the reason is that we wanted to go back to eat at this restaurant. We knocked on the door and the owner (husband) opened the door and explained they were closed as it was Monday. We explained that we came 5 years ago and our son and girl friend came 2 years ago. Although he was closed, he welcomed us in and served us some of the delicious sushi that he prepared for a family birthday party later that day. It was delicious. Although we could not order a meal here on this trip, we'll look forward to coming here next time. The owner was extremely gracious and we can say from our previous experience that the food was outstanding. He has been in the same location for 30 years. It's on the Main Street that runs from the middle of the train station a few blocks down toward the Ebisu preservation district on the left side of the street on a corner.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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47 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“If you want pork, this is the place to go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I go to Takayama once a year and make it a point to visit this place at least once. It is a small place with a seating for around 15 people only. This place is run by a couple, the husband cooks and wife is the one who serves. The specialty is pork cutlet in different style. They do have a dish or so with chicken and beef, but they are famous for their pork. They pork set is a complete meal consisting of rice, miso soup, main dish and salad. The menu does have a variety but they are great at what they serve. They do serve bottled beer and sake, which goes well with pork cutlet. And they do have an English menu.
I took my friends who prefer not to eat pork as they don't like the taste. I told them just to try this place out and now they want to go there all the time. They asked for their business card so that they can find the place without my help.
Only one thing to keep in mind is that Takayama is like a countryside and all the shops close early. Please try to enter before 9pm or it might shut down.

  • Visited November 2012
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