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“Very good sushi in Kyoto”

Pontocho Kappa Zushi
Ranked #182 of 12,359 Restaurants in Kyoto
Cuisines: Sushi
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Pontocho
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was the best sushi we got in Kyoto. As usual, the best sushi is to be found in small restaurants and is highly sushi-man dependent. A kind of difficult to find, because the street is narrow and unnumbered, but this was part of the fun.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Although I would not describe this as the absolute best sushi we had on our trip to Japan, it was nevertheless extremely good and fairly priced, and certainly the best we had in Kyoto. The restaurant offers a huge selection of fish and all of it is extremely fresh and tasty. There is also a selection of cooked food including some absolutely superb tempura. The octopus was possibly the most tender I've ever eaten.

The service was very warm and accommodating and a reasonable level of English was spoken by everyone, including our sushi chef. Our bill for 2 people including several drinks, tempura and a lot of sushi came to around $140. Not cheap, but we've paid much more in North America for a sushi dinner that was not nearly as good as this one.

As others have noted, it's a bit difficult to find since it's not signed in English. However, as you walk north along Pontocho it's on the right-hand (river) side, slightly inset from the road. There is a bench in front and it's very well lit. If you have any doubts, just ask inside. If it's the wrong place, they will direct you - that's how we found it.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Our hotel recommended this place, and even though it was hard to find (no English sign on the outside), it was unbelievable. We sat at the sushi bar and watched the chef prepare everything in front of us to order. Everything was honestly A1. Such good food, and great service, and for what you're getting, I thought the prices were reasonable, especially for Kyoto. If you want a real sushi experience, I would highly recommend going here - already miss it.

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Thank JamesKay66
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We eat outside on the terrase up to the river. The six plates were all exelent. I would always remember the Ayu fish just grilled, the suchi, the very small and delicious Yuba and other food I can't remember the name.

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Thank 463fredc
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

A bit hard to find on Pontocho, but here's a hint - go North on Pontocho, left side...it's got wooden sliding doors and a small bench out front. If you get to the park, you've gone too far.

The sushi was fresh, the counter service wonderful, and there was an English menu. Order the tempura - delightful!

Good value, great food, great location!

Enjoy!

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Thank rita0919
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