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“Food and laughs”
Review of Okariba

Okariba
Ranked #54 of 14,215 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: City Centre
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Okariba was a bit out of the way to find. We paired the trip for dinner with a walk of the path of philosophers which is just a few blocks away. We had dinner on the early side, so customers were sparse when we arrived. The restaurant has a rustic and unique interior.

The chef/owner warmly welcomed us and we began an adventurous night of food and drinks. We had the shinshu specialty set which included a variety of pickled vegetables and crunchy grasshoppers. All delicious! We continued with the wild boar skewers, a variety of grilled vegetables, a whole grilled trout. We loved the boar and veggies; the grilled trout was heavy on the roe, but still cooked wonderfully. As we drank our beer and sake at the end of the meal, the owner brought out his homemade sakes for us to try.

I won’t spoil the fun with too many details, but the various sakes were all infused with a variety of creatures. Definitely an experience with some strong sake! He finally offered us glasses of monkey piss with a mischievous smirk and laugh. Strangely it tasted more of plum wine... We obliged and ended the delightful adventure with our warm host. Overall, we had great food, many laughs, and an experience to remember!

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

As many reviews already state, the chef is just amazing! You enter his restaurant and you immediately feel at home. He offered us many succulent dishes and even some warm umeshu. He talked with us at the end of the meal as if we knew each others. We were so overwhelmed by his warm personality that we came back baring gifts. This restaurant is definitely one of our favorite Japanese experiences.

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Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing dinner here !! We sat at the bar watching the owner/chef prepare our meal and chatted with him in English as the evening and meal progressed. The specialty of the house is wild boar , which my wife loved. Because I don't eat pork the chef specially bought me some grill for the grill. The sake flowed freely and we loved our conversation with him at the bar. If you're in the mood for something different and an adventure, go to Okariba -- you will be happy!

Thank 176DavidG
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic food and perfect atmosphere with a chef who even entertained our kids with some magic tricks!

Thank bruno b
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Coming back from the philosophers path, we found this lovely place. It's informal but warm and comfortable. The owner is very kind, the boar skewers delicious and at he end, the bill very cheap. Try it!!

Thank Dario582
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