This restaurant is halfway up the driveway to the Kanaya Hotel and is one of very limited choices for dinner in Nikko. We walked in on a Friday night and there were only two other tables occupied. I think most people either have dinner included at their hotel or only come to Nikko for the day, which is the reason there are so few options for dinner here.
It doesn't look like much on the outside, but it is pleasantly old and rustic inside. The service is very formal, which I thought was a bit odd. Both of the people who served us spoke reasonable English, which was helpful. I wouldn't go so far as to say either of them were particularly friendly though, which is unusual in Japan. They did their job and that was about all. It seems like many employees in Nikko are burned out serving tourists, so they sort of tune out, which is what is happening here.
We ordered a set meal with a filet steak. It included a yuba salad and dessert. The salad was OK, but nothing special. The steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. But, be aware that the food is served on a sizzling hot iron skillet that flings grease and smoke all over the room. The waitress covered it immediately with an absorbent paper that caught most of it, but the whole place smells like grease because of this practice. In my opinion, it would be better to eliminate this gimmick and just serve the steaks on a plate, but maybe that's just me.
I felt that the price was too high for what we got, but it wasn't outrageous. The food was good and overall we enjoyed dining here. If the staff was more friendly I might feel better about the whole experience, but as it is I probably wouldn't make any effort to return. Be sure to check whether it is open before going here. The sign out front said it is open daily from 5-9pm, but it was closed on Thursday.
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