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“Excellent”

Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho
Ranked #844 of 12,507 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price range: $46 - $52
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Pontocho
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We read all the reviews about this restaurant so asked our hotel to make us a booking. We turned up, seated promptly and handed an english menu. We really enjoyed the set menu, where we got to chose 4 different cuts of chicken, 2 seafood, pork and beef. Lots of vegetables served as well. We sat at the bar area, and started chatting to two regulars. They bought us a round of the cold saki kept in bamboo....then we had another round, then another. Really liked the restaurant, the staff were friendly and wanted to practice their english.... A great night, we would definitely go again.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We found this restaurant to live up to its reviews! it is small place (seating less than 30) packed with ambiance. The staff was helpful, could speak english well and very accomodating. The patrons were a lively mix of locals and tourists. There were many turned away at the door while we were there. The set menu was delicious, plenty and gave us a "flavor" of the restaurant. Menu had other options too. Cover charge was 300 yen but i found this place had very, very good value for the meal and experience. The table grill does produce a lot of smoke...but i would definitely return again!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This restaurant is a great choice in Kyoto. There are lots of good things to say.
First, although it is a tad hard to find - best to have the address written in Japanese for the taxi driver - and even then you might need to ask, the little street is awash with cherry blossoms in season and runs beside a very cute stream in the night district of Kyoto.
Second, again although the clientelle is mainly tourist - or because of it - the food is to taste and of a very good standard. The guy who owns / runs the place lived for some years in the US so there are no translation issues.
Third, the style of the place is to sit along the counter adjacent to the cooking area so it's a very sociable joint.
Fourth, there is a small bar on the second floor of a building across the stream and down a bit which is fantastic for afters. The decor is very Parisienne and the view is charming.
All in all, so good we went twice.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Excellent service. Must be a meat lover. Fun group grilled meat meal, grilled at the table. Full of foreigners, not locals.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

A little alleyway that runs alongside the river and there are many restaurants along it. With most of them you will need to take pot luck as they do not have English written menus or pictures but sometimes this can be a very interesting and a funny surprise! Be aware that the restaurants all seem to put a cover charge on the bill this seems to be becoming the norm from the last time I was there two and a half years ago.

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