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“Perfectly Executed Overpriced Basics”
Review of The Grill

The Grill
Ranked #245 of 12,236 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Perfectly Executed Overpriced Basics”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Grill, the lobby level restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a solid restaurant with extremely attentive service.
Yes, it is expensive, at around $200 USD for two people with steaks, but that is what is to be expected at a steak restaurant at a high end hotel. The only let down was in the complexity of the food, it was simple steak for the price of CUT.
The Caesar Salad here is great! The best I've had in all of Asia, in fact it is the best I've had anywhere outside of Europe or the US. Not too much dressing, perfect croutons and clean and green lettuce.
The steak, I had the Australian Tenderloin, was very good. Cooked perfectly in a wood oven by the Irish chef working the oven that night, the steak was as good as it gets for a basically cooked steak. Nothing fancy about it. The french red wine sauce was also very good, but plain. I'd have loved to have the option of a Japanese inspired sauce or a peppered crust on my steak, especially at the price charged.
We were served by a great waiter from Nepal and a Japanese lady. Both were great, though the Japanese lady seemed to not understand the concept of spice and had to check with the chicken to find out that "cayenne pepper" meant something was spicy, and that it was also an integral ingredient in the chicken dish and thus could not be substituted for. Aside from the that though the service was very attentive and polished and exactly what you expect from a hotel restaurant of this caliber.
Looking at this while ignoring price I'd definitely return here but on a value basis I can't see myself returning here on my next trip.

  • Visited April 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Perfect steak!”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Mium mium and mium...somebody knows how to cook a steak. We were a bit surprise that the price of the main plate did not include any side dish...it should include at least one. The staff is somewhat lost , not knowing what to do or who to attend next....as in both Hyatt Regency Kyoto restaurant we have tried so far ...worst being at The Grill for breakfast...but the food at the Grill for dinner was excellent. Decor is charming specially if your table is close to the window, view on the incourt foliage. Price is typical for hotel restaurant: 13000 yen before wine , service charge and taxes.

  • Visited April 2014
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