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“Quintessential Kyoto coolness”
Review of AWOMB

AWOMB
Ranked #528 of 12,141 Restaurants in Kyoto
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: City Center
Nelson, New Zealand
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Quintessential Kyoto coolness”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Groovy architecture, designer survivalist supplies, exquisite food, and very cool clothes. Access is actually pretty straight forward, it's very close to Kyoto University's design school, so there naturally a couple of bus routes that serve it. If you've got the silver pavilion on your itinerary consider including a womb for lunch. Hiroshi is a really nice guy, attentive host and keen to talk about both his food and his clothing designs.

  • Visited June 2013
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kuala lumpur
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233 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Less is More Part 67 - Beyond Beautiful; Is it Possible?”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Well, chef-owner, artist, designer, uber-cool Hiroshi Ujita's A_WOMB gets pretty close. Journeying there is like a pilgrimage to a Zen retreat tucked in north-eastern foothills of Kyoto (30 minutes from downtown). Even with the assistance of a taxi driver, locating it was not easy with only the smallest of signs discretely signaling its presence. Our presumptuous lack of a reservation didn't help but were still warmly received and told we had to wait. Undeterred we dug in for what was expected to be no less than an hour - undoubtedly worth it! We spent the time 'meditating' on the carefully selected merchandise displayed in the studio.
There are probably not enough superlatives to describe the cuisine here. Literally single-handedly crafted by the chef and his trustworthy assistant (who doubled up as waiter and busboy), this is the epitome of 'slow food'. Make sure you have enough time to partake. We took two orders of the "limited" set (all that was left of the 2000JPY lunches) an order each of the tempura and curry sets (less than 1000JPY).
Remarkably inexpensive for the extreme quality & meticulous treatment. We were flabbergasted with the attention to details, details, details. The compositions were virtual pieces of art. The ingredients though simple - tuna, salmon, eggplant, chicken, summer vegetables, miso, peppers, fragrant herbs were completely transformed in such masterful hands. Even the modest desserts become sweet masterpieces.
At the end Hiroshi was absolutely gracious when he apologized for 'keeping us waiting'. Having called a taxi to return us to the city, he bowed & bade us goodbye from the sidewalk until we disappeared from view. What an experience!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ECKLKualaLumpur
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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171 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great Kaiseki with a modern twist”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Well off the beaten track this minimalist designed restaurant (cum clothing and bags desinging studio) serves imaginative kaiseki multi course meals. The dishes were very well prepared and there presentation was nothing less than artistic. Great fish dishes, sushi, sashimi and even something that could pass for a Japanese take on dessert. The owner is passionate about his job and we just loved eating there. Definately worth the journey and the money

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank eddy-010
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carlsbad
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant off the beaten track”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We did the 7000Y fixed price menu and it was delicious! It's well worth the taxi ride out there! The place is minimalist decor and fantastic space/store. Each course was perfect. The chef was great to talk to and offered fantastic recommendations! The chef and his wife speaks English really well! They also have a baby daughter that was the same age as our son and she let us borrow the stroller to put him in while we ate. As a parting gift from them, they gave him a spork set! Such gracious hosts! Also, on our way back, they knew we were trying to go to one of the temples and he found the hours and called the taxi company to tell the driver to tell us! Way above and beyond in terms of service! I would go back there again if I was ever in kyoto!

  • Visited December 2012
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Okinawa
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Modern, minimalist, awesome”
Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

A Womb is in the owners design studio and store, which is eclectic, but neat. The ¥7000 fixed price menu was well worth it, with delicious twists on traditional Japanese fare. The Unagi and Uni were my favorites. The chef, his lovely wife and their cute baby daughter are very gracious and interesting hosts too.

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