Dinner at 柳家
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Yanagiya (柳家, family-run) is the definition of destination dining, hidden in the deep mountains of Gifu prefecture that mainly serves wild game caught in the area. It was not an easy trek here driving in the pouring rain, but 100% worth it for an experience that will be remembered forever. Yanagiya has long been Tabelog top 5 ranked in all of Japan on Tabelog, edging out all of the Michelin-starred establishments (but Michelin really doesn't have a stronghold in Japan either way).
There's nothing else quite like Yanagiya. This is river/lake/mountain/forest to counter cuisine. Almost everything is cooked on the restaurant's Irori (a traditional Japanese hearth constructed on the floor). The wild game caught varies from day to day, so what you get is seasonal. We were very fortunate to have deer, bear, wild boar, and even ayu as part of our winter meal. The youngest son and Chef Masashi Yamada mentioned that he goes every morning to Mazegawa river to fish and whatever he catches is served for dinner.
There are only 4 rooms and reservations must be made with minimum 4 people in each room. Looking forward to our next visit in the spring season!
柳家 Yanagiya, Gifu (Dec 2016)