Kyoto, Japan Dinner: Issian Pontocho

In Kyoto, Japan we were feeling like hibachi. We located a place called Issian Pontocho through TripAdvisor. Turns out, this place is a bit different from hibachi. They cook food on a hot stone right in front of you.

We opted for what’s the equivalent of a “sampler” platter which included a spinach salad, rice, grilled vegetables, squid, shrimp, chicken neck/breast/thigh, pork bacon, and (for a small upcharge) wagyu beef. The meal was concluded with a scoop of sherbert.

Overall the restaurant experience was great. I will say that the meats fell flat to me. The style of cooking is supposed to be simple, however the meats weren’t marinated or seasoned much at all. They just tasted grilled (especially the seafood and chicken, meats that don’t have a lot of inherent flavor). While we had salt, soy sauce, and ponzu sauce available to dip the meats in, there just wasn’t a spark to the meal. With that said, the wagyu beef was so naturally flavorful, it certainly didn’t need any seasoning or marinating at all.  With that said, enjoy the pictures below.

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