Review excerpt: Chef Akihiro Seto makes the most fragrant and punchy Japanese curry at Kyoto's Taiyo, dressed with a soaring combination of vegetables and delivering a symphony of taste.

Review excerpt: The coffee shop Saiin Roasting Factory is about a 10-minute walk from Saiin Station, plonked right in the middle of suburbia. It’s definitely a highlight in this nondescript neighborhood.

Review excerpt: Hyakushokuya, “100 meal shop,” makes 100 meals a day — and that’s it. The daily challenge for staff is to make and serve them as fast possible, so that they can take the rest of the day off. It seems that this ...

Muraki serves black and white buckwheat noodles, which are both made early each morning with flour from Hokkaido and Fukui prefectures. The “black” soba is black in name only, these noodles are juwari, made from 100 percent buckwheat giving them a more robust character ...

At Ramen Tsurumusha, the vibe is toned way down. The slurping of steaming ramen is set to a soundtrack of jazz, and the staff at this counter-seating only shop are studious and reserved — the ramen does the talking. The emphasis is on the ...

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