My GF, her friend and I went to the pontocho location (beside the river), expecting the most amazing beef/steak meal from all the hype on TA. We walk inside, easy to find from all the TA reviews. We opt'd to sit outside because it was a nice day, and I gotta say, the scenery was gorgeous =). You sit on the ground on little mats (japanese style) with a marble table and grill in the middle, the menu options included 3 diff set menus, so we chose to try one each (since there was 3 of us) 5,000, 6,000 & 7,000 Yen. we started with a app bento box each, which had assorted starters - all were pretty good. Then they gave us approx 5 cuts of meat for us to cook ourselves. (servers had limited english - so we couldnt find out the type or cut of meat, which was unfortunate). But all gotta say is, with all the hype about this place, and the rank of #4 of TA..... this place DEFINITELY lived up to and surpassed my expectations. The meat just melted in your mouth, perfectly seasoned, and explosion of flavour. I love bbq at home in Canada, but the beef here is just ... WOW.....
Couple tips -
1. do NOT overcook the meat,
2. the little white block? its fat to grease the grill, use it and save it... they only give you one the whole meal....
3. be sure to make reservations (day of is ok)
4. GO HERE. period.
oh and bill came out to about 24,000 yen ($240 CND) with plenty of bieru and sake. Def gotta try it atleast once.
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