After visiting Eikando in Kyoto, the storm cloud was gathering again. Instead of eating in the restaurant they saw earlier, they stopped at the first restaurant that they saw some action, ie people waiting to be seated. And they weren't disappointed!! The tempura burdock was so delicious that they ordered an extra portion. The udon had plenty of texture and the soup for both was yummy. Just what you need in a cold rainy night. It turned out that Yamamoto Menzou 山元麺蔵 is the highest rated noodle shop in Kyoto accroding to tabelog.com, the Japan equivalent of openrice.com.
|Tempura burdock in Kyoto|
|Curry udon in Kyoto|
|Cold soba near Kiyomizudera Temple|
Fugetsu 風月 is perhaps the most famous of the Japanese okonomiyaki chain. While searching for the next dinner destination, they saw this shop, Boteyu ぼてぢゅう, inside a Hankyu shopping mall. Probably as good if not better than Fugetsu's okonomiyaki!!
|Osaka style spring onion okonomiyaki (Beef stew and konnyaku)|
at Boteyu near Umeda station
ぼてぢゅう 梅田 大阪
|Omochi and Cheese Okonomiyaki|
at Botejyu near Umeda station
ぼてぢゅう 梅田 大阪
When they finally found the restaurant again, they thought it wasn't opened for business. The lights were all off. As soon as they walked through the door, the lights went on and a middle age Japanese lady came out and made greetings. Dad thought business must be bad, no customers!! Soon a young girl and an old man came in. The four of them were the only customers in a restaurant with a max capacity of perhaps eight served by the same lady who came out with the greetings. Upon all four of them leaving another four people in business attire came in to the restaurant. It was then dad remembered that they made reservations for lunch eight years ago and they were lucky to be served!!
|Yuba dinner near Nijojo Castle|
|Golden fried yuba|
|Yuba cooked in soya milk|
|Udon in a dried bean curd pouch in Nara|
|Tofu lunch in Sagano Arashiyama|
湯豆腐定食 嵯峨野 （さがの）嵐山
Then an orgy of beef!!
|Premium beef cuts|
Select beef cuts
|Charcoal fire BBQ beef in Honjin, Osaka|
炭火焼き肉 本陣 大阪
|Grade 2 Shabu Shabu beef in Shabutei, Osaka|
|Grade 1 Shabu Shabu beef in Shabutei, Osaka|
|Grade 3 Shabu Shabu beef in Shabutei, Osaka|