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“Great Creative food, Great Atmosphere!”

Giro Giro Hitoshina
Ranked #92 of 12,287 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
NYC
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Creative food, Great Atmosphere!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We are real foodies so excellent is reserved for something sublime. The food is very creative and tasteful, beautiful presentation, and fun setting where you meet people from all over the world or Kyoto! The menu is fixed and changes every month or we would have gone back a second time.
We will visit them in Paris soon!!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
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“kaiseki at kagurazaka”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

True to its unorthodox fashion, this one is hidden in of the narrow, back alleys in Kagurazaka, an old district that is congregated with many Michelin-starred Italian, French restaurants alongside traditional Japanese wagashi house and food stores. And just like Gion Kyoto, Kagurazaka is also another fascinating neighbourhood that houses geishas.

Dinner here is fixed at 4500 yen per person, albeit slightly more expensive than the 3,680-yen course at Kyoto. But trust me, the place won't leave you feeling shortchanged. Being seated in front of the boisterous kitchen counter in level one gives one a chance to interact with the kitchen crew, who may not sport flamboyant hairstyles (oh yeah, one had his front hair tied up in a cute pig tail) but are definitely not stern-faced chefs that stare vigilantly at their ingredients.

前菜盛り合わせ Appetizer Platter
Things get busier and more exciting as we moved on to the appetizer plate that is exquisitely arranged to reflect the mood of the new year. Probably inspired by the luxurious new year osechi, one finds tazukuri 田作り (dried sardines cooked in soy sauce) which can be easily mistaken as ikan bilis, satsuma-age (deep fried chewy fish cake) topped with cubes of kazu-no-ko (herring roe), spinach with mustard rolled in pickled lotus and vanilla-flavoured kuromame (black beans)! Yes, the vanilla taste is very distinct. ......
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No seasoning is added, for the julienned shreds of pickled wasabi in shoyu achieved their dual effectiveness of flavoring the rice and curing any unpleasant fishiness. This was a welcome change to the mundane plain white rice serve with miso soup served towards the end of any kaiseki.The dessert was evidently not the kind of perfect sweets churned out by the hands of skilled pastry chef, for the matcha macaron were not deftly shaped in the right texture while the choux puff pastry (filled with chestnut custard and red bean paste) was soggy and stale from stoning in their fridge for too long.

While this place may be less swanky or flashy than its other sister outlets, the food was satisfying to generate memories that linger in our minds as we trudged our way home through the winter cold. Housed in a white traditional mansion, the place does not make you feel uptight or worried about breaking any food rules, unlike those strict sushi temples or upscale kaiseki restaurants. Visit user's blog under profile for full post and pics

Visited February 2014
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Coleford, United Kingdom
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275 reviews
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“Excellent Christmas Day Dinner”
Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We chose here based solely on TripAdvisor reviews, and what an exceptional choice it was.
There is no menu or choices available and it is fixed price, and substantially cheaper than some bigger places for the same type of food.
Multi course and each course had multiple items. From miso soup to dried scallops and pumpkin cake to ash smoked fish intestine each mouthful was a delight.
For two of us, with a beer and 2 pots of sake (the recommended one) our bill was under £65 GBP.

Tip - you must book, and request a seat downstairs at the kitchen level. We sat and ate while laughing and joking with the chefs who also explained every item in every dish to us, and as it is so tiny everyone ends up in some level of conversation with everyone else. The experience will not be the same sitting upstairs.

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Melbourne
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Over processed food”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

I share the sentiments of @isli88 and several others. I too cannot understand what the hype is all about.
The food whilst presented beautifully was so over processed, the integregity of the ingredient was lost, the taste non existent.
I know it's a modern take on the Kaiseki but I have tasted better interpretations elsewhere.
I can't honestly say there was one particular item/dish that was a standout or memorable. In fact I felt it was a waste of time as there were so many other restaurants on offer in Kyoto.

  • Visited December 2013
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Renton, Washington
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277 reviews
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“Not sure why there's so much hype surrounding this restaurant”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

First, the restaurant is extremely difficult to find. To make it easy for yourself, use the following coordinates on Google Maps. The TripAdvisor map is slightly off:

34.998091, 135.767740

It's on a small alley. Note, do not attempt to enter from the canal side because you cannot enter from that side. Just note it's on an extremely narrow and dark alley.

The restaurant itself consists of two levels. You will probably want to sit downstairs, as we spent our time upstairs and were fairly bored and disappointed with the service. Perhaps sitting downstairs and interacting with the chefs (or at least enjoy seeing the chefs cook) would have made things more interesting. Our waitress was inattentive, perhaps due to the fact that she serviced the entire 2nd floor. It seemed really unfair for her to be the only one serving the upper floor.

The food itself did not even come close to living up to the hype. There is no choice in what you order. All patrons are served the same items. The restaurant is supposed to server "modern" kaiseki cuisine, i.e. kaiseki with a modern twist and variations. I don't recall every single dish that was served, but I do recall the meal consisted of a few sushi/sashimi courses which were fairly forgettable. Actually, one sushi/sashimi dish consisted of seemingly cheap fish which had a pretty strong fishy smell. Perhaps the most memorable dish consisted of a small grill where one would cook some oysters on (banana?) leaves. There was also a soup as well as a dessert (a small cookie with some filling and some yogurt?). All in all, the meal was fairly forgettable, especially compared to the meal we had earlier at Kyoto Kitcho/Hotel Granvia. The ingredients in our meal at Guilo Guilo were definitely of inferior quality and price, and perhaps that's how Guilo Guilo is able to offer kaiseki at a relatively low price.

The total cost of our meal was around 10000 yen, which is fairly reasonable. However, it did leave me wondering why the restaurant has been hyped so much, from the New York Times, etc.? The food is just decidedly average with a lot of misses in many dishes.

BTW, if you do want to go here, please make a reservation. We tried coming one night without a reservation and they turned us away because there weren't any tables available.

  • Visited November 2013
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