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“The Wagyu Beef is to Die For - So Buttery Smooth!”
Review of Hafuu Shoguin

Hafuu Shoguin
Ranked #653 of 15,363 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price range: USD 44 - USD 89
Neighbourhood: City Centre
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Neighbourhood: City Centre
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I was in Kyoto for a total of 5 days, and I had my eyes set on trying Wagyu beef at one point or another. I ended up booking a reservation on the last night before I left, and boy was it worth it. I chose this location after the first location was booked out. When I called, all I asked was "English," and the person on the other end automatically responded in pretty smooth English. Parking is a pain, so I do advise going by taxi, but there is a car park about a 5 minute walk away.

As for the food, I chose the Special Dinner Course, and boy was it amazing. They serve you one dish at a time, and if you are a foreigner like I am, they'll check up on you pretty quickly after each dish. The courses have a standard soup, salad, dessert, coffee/tea, and rice/bread sides. As for the meat, that varies with the course you choose. Most courses I saw, offered only one cut of Wagyu with some other cuts of beef too. However, for the Special Dinner, you get both a Wagyu sirloin (200g/7oz) and a Wagyu filet cut (100g/3.5oz).

I tried the filet first and its texture was so smooth. The sirloin was so tender, it pairs on part with most steakhouses filet cuts. In comparison, if you think steakhouse filet are tender, then the Wagyu sirloin is probably on par with that. And as for the Wagyu filet, that's beyond words.

About 95% of the staff that I talked to, spoke conversational English. And even those who didn't, could tell you in a few words of good English.

The front was a bar style seating, and the back was a party room I think? I couldn't really see into the back. They accept JPY and also Visa and MasterCard, so yes, it's plastic friendly.

I highly recommend taking a date, family outing, or business dinner here. Food is amazing as well as the service. They only downside, is avoid booking a late reservation like I did, as that'll make your service a bit rushed, but otherwise, it was amazing. I even overheard another customer say she'll be coming back again next week!

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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We went at dinner. A variety of slightly confusing set menus at increasingly eye watering prices. We shared a menu and added some extras which worked out better. Really the only reason to come is to try the steak which is incredible: marbled and melt in the mouth. One of my top 3 all time steaks. But there's little else to accompany and the ambience is flat.

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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious meat. We had the hafuu set menu. The other items on this menu weren't fantastic. Good service but very overpriced for what it is.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile
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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile
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