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“Best Beef we have ever eaten, seriously”
Review of Hafuu Honten

Hafuu Honten
Ranked #11 of 12,186 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $45
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Beef we have ever eaten, seriously”
Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We went there today to try the famous Japanese Kobe beef. We read before about the Wagyu beef and knew already some facts about the different Japanese areas the beef comes from and that the beef is named after the region. We took the Nikusenka Course (set menu) and it was absolutely the best beef we had ever eaten. Both the filet as well as the sirloin steak were extremely delicious. The menu set is a perfect choice as well. Definitely worth the visit!

Thank TravelFuchs84
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Singapore, Singapore
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Awesome beef & service”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

There are two restaurants by the same name located nearby to one another. We were informed that they serve the same food and owned by the same people. Since the original Hafuu was fully booked, we decided to accept the counter seating offers by Hafuu Annex.

Counter seating isn't the best choice, especially being a family with 3 sons but the friendly service more than made up for it. We ordered the Hafuu set at 9750 yen and 2 wagyu sirloin steak sets at 7000 yen a piece. We also ordered the garlic rice and the alacarte deep fried prawn. The sets came with appetiser, desert, bread or rice. So the 3 sets with some side orders filled our 5 tummies perfectly (2 adult, 2 children and 1 young teen).

Although sitting at the counter would not be my first choice, it gave us the opportunity to see the chefs at work and how they cooked the beef. The beef was mouthwateringly good and my 3 boys gobbled them up like sweets. Everything else was good too but we only remember the beef! Accordingly to my 13-year old son, this was his best meal in Japan!

The place is not easy to find, especially if you plan to take the subway. However, coming by cab should be pretty easy. As we were very full after the dinner, we decided to walk to the nearby Metro Karasuma line, which was about 10 minutes away.

The service was really good and despite their limited English, everyone smiled and wer very accommodating, even when my boys were a little noisy or when they dropped their cutlery, spilled their drinks etc.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Kyoto and in search for a beef place to go to.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Karen S
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De Pinte, Belgium
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2014

What can I say. Best steak menu ever from start to finish.
The pictures give an idea. The tastes better.
Not to be missed !

  • Visited July 2013
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Mind blowing steak”
Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Expensive but worth it for the best steak we have ever eaten. Every course was delicious but the Wagyu was incredible. Staff were really friendly too and nice atmosphere.

Thank Zambia_Stone
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Meal in Japan”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

This place is simply amazing. It was by far one of the best steaks I've had in my lifetime, it melts in your mouth like butter! Everything else on the menu was great as well! There are a number of tasting menus to try from and I recommend that if you visit with a friend, each of you get the wagyu a different way so you can try them both! The restaurant is very small, so have your hotel book in advance.

  • Visited May 2014
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