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Omi. This excellent steak restaurant specializes in Omi beef (of the same high-end wagyu grade as well-known Kobe beef and celebrated by Japanese gourmets). You'll be ushered through corridors to the dining room and seated around a hori-gotatsu (recessed grill) or at a counter in a pristine tatami room. Excellent seafood platters are also popular, as is the lunch menu, which is ¥5,000. The restaurant is in a Meiji-era town house connected to an annex of the Kyoto Kokusai Hotel. A drink beside the duck pond in hotel's bar is a great way to end the evening. Private rooms are available on request. Kyoto Kokusai Hotel, Nijo-dori, Kiya-machi Kado, 1F, Nijo-jo-mae, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto, 604-0902. 075/222–1111. www.kyoto-kokusai.com/restaurant/shop/KK0003.html. Reservations essential.
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