Nov. 22, 2018 UPDATE

Hyoto Kyoto

- 瓢斗 京都店 -
At Hyoto Kyoto you can enjoy the best beef with the best service
In Shijo Karasuma, surrounded by office buildings, you can find the restaurant Hyoto Kyoto. This shabu shabu restaurant is famous in Kyoto, and it is easily recognized from its modern exterior and the blue noren curtains that hang at its entrance. Hyoto puts a lot of effort into their service, which they do in the spirit of “omotenashi,” utmost hospitality from the heart. They use only the best quality meat, omi beef wagyu and “biyuuton” pork, in their delicious dishes, and the elegant modern interior, plus the hospitality of the staff, all make you feel welcome and appreciated when you visit this restaurant, even feel happy and satisfied. This restaurant is the shabu shabu restaurant we like the best in Kyoto! I hope you will also pay this restaurant a visit if you want good shabu shabu and perfect service.
Shabu shabu course with omi beef wagyu sirloin cuts
Shabu shabu course with omi beef wagyu sirloin cuts / ¥13,000 (+tax)
In this course you have seven different dishes, and not all of them shabu shabu, but they are served as a course dinner like in kaiseki. The course starts with the vivid hassun platter, and then continues with sashimi and sushi and other delicious things. The beef is omi beef, one of the three most famous wagyu brands in Japan. The best time to eat the beef is when it is still a bit red. I heartily recommend this shabu shabu course; once you eat this delicious shabu shabu you won’t forget it.
A5 level omi beef wagyu shabu shabu course
A5 level omi beef wagyu shabu shabu course / ¥8,000 (+tax)
This shabu shabu course with A5 level omi beef wagyu is more than enough for most people. Compared to the sirloin cuts the beef is not as fatty, so it feels like you could eat really a lot of it. This course has sashimi, shabu shabu, and other dishes, and altogether there are six dishes, so the amount should be perfect especially for women.
Young bamboo sake made by an artisan (two go)
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Young bamboo sake made by an artisan (two go) / ¥2,000 (+tax)
On this bamboo bottle, you can see the logo of Hyoto, so when you go have shabu shabu remember to also have some sake. This sake is handmade by sake artisans, and the bottle is made of bamboo from Kyoto, and the sake cup made of bamboo also has a nice smell of bamboo. It is a good idea to have an elegant cup of bamboo sake with your shabu shabu.
How to Order

They have an English menu with even an explanation of how to eat shabu shabu. 

This beautiful hassun platter can only be seen if you order the 13,000 yen course. The cherry tree branch by the cute earthenware ducks and the petals are all real. This exceptional show of Japanese beauty is worth a look, but the taste is also worth it. 

Lastly, you get fresh udon made in Kyoto. The waitress will help you put the udon noodles into the pot where you just cooked your wagyu beef and Kyo-yasai vegetables. 

Pork shabu shabu is also popular, and with it, you get green onion and yuzu pepper, but the yuzu pepper goes also well with the udon noodles. I hope those who like spicy food will try it!

- Order Tips -

・All of the beef courses can be changed to omi beef wagyu sirloin cut course for plus 3,500 yen. 

・You can order more meat and vegetables. 

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Right when you enter the restaurant, you can smell the sweet smell of dashi soup stock and see the traditional Japanese interior. At this time a woman wearing a kimono will come and lead you inside, making you feel like you were an important guest like a diplomat. They use highest quality wagyu beef, A5 rank, and after boiling this in the shabu shabu way you get to eat beef that is fatty but just melts in your mouth, and leaves a sweet aftertaste, and makes you feel glad you are alive. Just looking at the exterior of the restaurant already tells you that this high-class restaurant offers great food, but the shabu shabu I had was even better than I dared to expect! Now I can easily understand why this restaurant is said to be one of the shabu shabu restaurants that represent Kyoto. Remember to keep this restaurant in mind if you have some special events coming up.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Hyoto Kyoto / 瓢斗 京都店
Category Sukiyaki / Shabushabu
Phone +81 75-252-5775
Address 1st floor of Meirin Building, 550-1 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions A 6-minute walk from subway Shijo or Hankyu Karasuma station (exit 24).
Open Hours Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Last orders at 2:00 p.m.) Dinner: 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. (Last orders at 9:00 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Last orders at 2:00 p.m.) Dinner: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Last orders at 9:00 p.m.)
Reservations Yes
Closed Open every day except during the New Year's holidays.
Notes Private rooms are available for groups of over six people. There is a 10% charge for using a private room. All people in a group need to order at least one course meal.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Yes.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children, Business Meeting
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The staff of the restaurant is all very nice, and they have a menu in English, so you should have no worries when visiting the restaurant.
Menu English.
Lanuages spoken Simple English.
Number of seats 130 seats.
Private dining rooms Yes.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking. (They have a place where you can smoke)
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