About that Kyoto beef cutlet shop...

Good morning everyone,

Well, the weekend wasn't nearly as wet as they had predicted-with the exception of Saturday when I got soaked on the way home. To be honest, I couldn't care less about getting wet. But the thing that really annoyed me was the black splatter from the road. It has ruined many of my pants over the years-it just will not wash out...I have no idea what it is, but it's annoying as heck. Anyway, they are calling for rain tonight and saying that it's going to last for the next three days or so, before turning to clouds on Friday and then we can expect nice weather on the weekend.

So I went to the Kyoto Katsugyu restaurant that opened near the station a couple of months back...and don't bother going. It's a huge disappointment.

I don't even know where to begin...one of the things that I love about living in Japan is the restaurants. You have to be pretty unlucky to find one that's bad. Well, I guess I was unlucky yesterday, when I think of all the good places I walked past to go there.

When you first enter, the place feels more like a gyudon shop than a restaurant. There's no atmosphere at all. Just a couple of counters and some tables in the middle of the room.

We both ordered the a lunch special that included the beef cutlet, a mini roast beef bowl with rice and two other beef slices that were deep-fried and served drenched in a miso-based sauce.

The roast beef bowl was the best part-in fact, it was the only part worth the money. The beef cutlet was nothing at all like the picture. It was so thin that it barely tasted like meat at all...I swear that the beni-shoga tempura that I had in Osaka last year was thicker...ha ha!

If it was some cheap shop that I stumbled upon, then I would say, 'That's life' and forget about it. But this place has had line-ups for up to 3 hours since it opened. I wouldn't wait 1 minute for that place...has anyone heard someone say that it was worth it? Because it certainly wasn't. And it's not cheap...my lunch set was Y2,000 and it was so bad that I almost refused to eat it and wanted to send it back. But my friend didn't want me to make a scene, so I bit my tongue. But there's no way in hell I'll ever be going back there again or recommending it to anyone.

If that place is still there a year from now, I'll be shocked...there are too many good places with reasonable prices to choose from for anyone to go more than once and I will be telling everyone I know not to bother going even once...ha ha!

Have a great day...and if you're near EkiCity and dying for some beef, go to Nick Stock or MOS Burger or Yoshinoya...anything is better than the place I went to yesterday.

Have a great day!

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