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Shibuya: Kyushu
Gyossantei is a
great place to sam-
ple the regional
cooking of Miyazaki
Prefecture, along
with good sake from
around the country.
The dining space is
comfortable and
informal, and large
windows on one side
give it a spacious,
open feel. Up front
a quaint little
counter displays the
fresh produce of the

The extensive food
menu provides a
guided tour of Kyu-
shu's most famous
dishes. Miyazaki is
renowned for its
chickens, free-range
birds with flavor
and texture than
their cage-raised
counterparts. Gyos-
santei turns out
commendable rendi-
tions of local
dishes like chicken
namban - deep-fried
and juicy, slathered
with the customary
tartar sauce - and
salted charcoal-
grilled chicken with
a rich smoky flavor
and a pleasantly
chewy consistency.

Seasonal vegetable
dishes are another
strong point, and on
a recent visit we
enjoyed some very
fresh-tasting corn
tempura, winter
melon in a tart
ponzu sauce, and
fantastic warabi
(bracken fern) in a
smoky broth. The
light, fluffy tofu
fritters (ganmodoki)
are chock-full of
mushrooms, carrots
and scallions.

There's also a very
tasty version of
buta-kakuni (braised
pork belly). You can
sample many other
interesting local
dishes - horsemeat
sashimi, grilled
dried fish, cold
hiyajiru soybean
paste soup - but if
you don't want to
work your way
through the menu
(which can be con-
fusing if you're not
familiar with Kyu-
shu's culinary tra-
dition) you can
choose from two
prix-fixe dinners
(Y5300 and Y7400)
that showcase the
finest of Miyazaki

While the shochu
selection is as
thorough as what
you'd expect from a
Kyushu restaurant,
there's also a very
respectable sake
selection from all
over the country.
Sake here is served
in attractive bamboo
containers, and you
get to choose your
own fancy glass sake
cup with the first
sake of the evening.
A bowl of ice-water
is provided on the
table with which you
can rinse your cup
whenever you change
to a different sake.

Prices for food and
drink are quite
reasonable - budget
around Y4000-5000
per head if you
order a la carte. On
busy nights there's
a 2.5-hour time
limit for tables,
but that's generally
more than enough
time to get through
a meal. Lunches
average Y1000. (No
lunch on Saturdays.)
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Nearest restau-

Nearest cafes/

Shibuya-ku, Dogen-
zaka 2-23-12, Shi-
buya Fhontis Bldg
2F-A. Open 11:
30am-1:30, 5:50-11pm
(LO). Closed
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