If you happen to be visiting Kyoto and fancy some beef, I may just know the place you want to go to!
What’s in Kyoto is one of those restaurants you would probably miss while walking around Kyoto city centre. It is in a quiet back street about 10-minutes’ walk from Shijo Dori, Kyoto main high street, and it really worth the detour!
Once inside the waiters will warmly welcome you. Everybody is very friendly, at What’s, and genuinely interested in where you are coming from, how you are finding Japan, and if you enjoy your time there.
If you are sitting upstairs, you will be asked to take your shoes off, very common in Japanese restaurants.
You will then be taken to your table which is more of a private booth than a table. Everything there is made so you can quietly and privately enjoy your dinner. No curious table neighbours staring at your plate here!
To order, just use the little bell on the table! As I said, the staff wants to make sure that you are not being bothered unless it is necessary. Japanese people are very considerate which extremely pleasant!
We were first treated to an appetiser, beef tongue, the name may not be appetising for all but it was delicious!
Once the grill was ready, we ordered the shoulder sirloin for me and the Selection of the Chef for Andrew.
All meats are served with a selection of soy sauces, salt and wasabi.
I find that cooking your own food make you appreciate it even more.
For sides, we went for some kimchi (fermented cabbage and radishes, so good!) and the steamed vegetables. Who knew steamed cabbage could be so delicious?
It was truly one of our favourite meal in Kyoto! From the beautiful indoors, to the delicious food and the lovely staff, What’s really worth a visit!