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“outstanding”
Review of Hafuu Honten

Hafuu Honten
Ranked #13 of 12,360 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $44
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Superb! Excellent service, fantastic mouth-watering food, comfortable environment, and an all around pleasure. Sat at the counter and watched the chefs at work. Young 20-30 somethings crowd. We ordered a fillet and a sirloin steak set course which came with a delicious salmon hors d'oeuvres, cold appetizer plate of raw seafoods, hot carrot soup or cold pumpkin soup, light dressing salad, rice or freshly baked french bread, amazing rare-cooked wagyu beef with salt and soy sauces, and dessert plates (creme brulee, peach sorbet, pineapples or chocolate cake, french vanilla ice cream and pineapples) and coffee or tea. Both Y6700 - great price everything considered. Got to chatting in English with one of the very friendly servers who studied in America, which rounded out the experience. definitely recommend this gem - make reservations so as to sit at the counter, otherwise you might be put in a back room.

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Thank eshell
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

This place does Kobe beef that is truly excellent. But without a ridiculous price tag. OK, it is not cheap here either with the set dinner at Y7500, but it is absolutely worth it. Truly the best steak I have ever eaten. And all in a relaxing environment in which you can watch the chefs at work. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank Matt B
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

My partner and I wanted to get away from sushi for a meal while in Kyoto. Kobe beef seemed like a good idea.
After reading reviews here, we went and had the set meal. Great value, great food, great service, and the steak was as good as everyone said.
We sat at the counter and watched them cook each course to order. Friendly staff.

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Thank Absolut_foody
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had a really good experience when we went here. It was recommended by a friend that we had seen earlier that day. She said something like 'if you like meat you have to try this restaurant.' She was right. The food was excellent. It was hard to find. The street wasn't clearly labeled in roman characters and we could have walked right by it. I tried to find it on google maps and something is off on street view. It is right around where it is pinpointed and we managed to find it eventually. We ordered two of the tasting menus at 7500JPY each. Expensive, but worth it. We walked away very full and everything was really good.

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Thank Mike Z
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Fabulous Japanese fusion restaurant specialising in 'real' Wagyu beef---you can't go any further for the best steaks you'll have in your life! For an unforgettable night out in Kyoto, head to Hafuu restaurant. The owner/chef will make sure the experience is absolutely perfect.

We had the set menu which came with immaculately prepared sliced octopus and fish for the entrees. A beautiful rich potato soup to round off the European flavours. Then, a simple salad and the star of the meal-- the melt-in-your-mouth wagyu steak, cooked on the grill right in front of us. The meal was finished off with picture perfect dessert trio platters with creme brulee and fabulous fruity sorbet. All for just 7500 yen pp!

It can be tricky to get there if you use google maps...we found an easy way to get there from Marutamachi train station-- take exit 7, turn left at the exit on the main road, turn left at the first traffic light and the Hafuu restaurant is 2 blocks down on the left. This will take you to the newer branch of the restaurant. It is closed Tuesday.

The main restaurant address is listed above and that is closed on Wednesdays. We walked past the main restaurant and as it was closed, we headed to the new branch.

We will be definitely coming back to this steak place the next time we are in Kyoto!

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2  Thank timdog_42
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