21 Sep '16, 2am

My all-time favourite restaurant in Kyoto: Gyu Ho

Seating at Gyu Ho is entirely around an L-shaped counter. The restaurant offers only 11 seats. That night, chef-owner Masanobu Nishiyama welcomed us with bemused curiosity. The first thing he served us was raw calf’s liver, and watched us very closely, waiting to see if we attacked the dish with gusto or poked at it with trepidation. We happily wolfed it down, and once we did, we clearly passed this eccentric chef’s test. As the night went by and as the sake flowed, he began to chat with us (he speaks passable English) and joke with us. At one point he told us the customer next to us, a beautiful woman in most probably her late 30s, was “the most famous woman in Gion”. While we at first didn’t know what that meant, the woman was clearly entertaining her companion, a well-dressed man significantly older than her. It was rather apparent to us that there was some sort of clie...

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