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Grill, The/
Keihan Shichijo:
At the entrance to
The Grill groups of
people are putting
their names on the
waiting list. Just
as the intricate
maze of the softly
lit latticework
ceiling begins to
have a mesmerizing
effect the headwait-
er escorts us to our
table. Once we are
settled, he serves
the sparkling wine
as we gaze out over
the Japanese rock
garden. The crowd is
a mix of Tokyoites
down for the week-
end, locals checking
out the newest luxu-
ry hotel in town and
Hyatt advocates who
like to traipse the
globe in the manner
to which they are
accustomed. Whatever
the differences,
there is unity in
the faces intently
scrutinizing the
salad and appetizer

A modern take on the
prawn cocktail is
the first dish we
try and it certainly
bears no relation-
ship to its 1970s
semi-frozen cousins.
The ranch dressing
on the salad of
endives, steamed
green beans, cherry
tomatoes and parme-
san exemplifies how
the chefs at The
Grill enhance the
natural flavours of
the best ingre-
dients. On another
trip to the buffet,
during which we
discover the creamy
pesto sauce and
smoky baba ganoush,
the lacklustre
chicken from our
previous trip fades
from memory.

From the a la carte
mains, the wood-
grilled Australian
Rib Eye is tender
and juicy and nicely
accompanied by
roasted eringi and
enoki mushrooms.
While the oven
roasted lamb loin is
quite fatty and on
the small side it is
also crisp on the
outside and succu-
lent in the middle.

To call the dessert
buffet abundant
would be an under-
statement. Thankful-
ly, there are mini-
ature chocolate
eclairs, bite-sized
pieces of sticky
banana pudding,
chocolate brownies
and profiterole
rolls, fresh fruit
and ice cream as
well as a litany of
puddings. Sunday
lunch in Kyoto has
entered a new dimen-

Brunch at The Grill
is 3,950 yen per
person plus a 10%
service charge.
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Nearest restau-

Nearest cafes/

mawari 644-2, Hyatt
Regency Kyoto.
Open 6:30am-10pm
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