I’ve had great dining experiences, especially at L’enclume and The Fat Duck. But Kyoboshi in Kyoto is right up there. Tempura, but what Tempura!
Kyoboshi has been around since 1947. The family name of the owner is Sakakibara, and you are served by the 3rd generation of the family. The Chef is the grandson of the founder and has run the place (with his mom’s and wife’s help) since 1991. He has a brother who has another branch in Ginza, Tokyo. The original place is in the Gion district of Kyoto.
The batter they cook with, contains no eggs and the oil is a secret family recipe. The place only seats eight people and usually you need to book two – three months in advance. Then you get a call one month prior to your reservation from the Mom, confirming details. It’s a Kyoto treasure. Add it to your Bucket List.