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“A Night of Kindness”

Hida Takayama Sakana
Ranked #33 of 1,062 Restaurants in Takayama
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$98 - US$204
Cuisines: Japanese
Description: 【Reservation only】 Fine dining of selected seasonal ingredients and the highest quality of Hida beef can be enjoyed in a peaceful location.
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Description: 【Reservation only】 Fine dining of selected seasonal ingredients and the highest quality of Hida beef can be enjoyed in a peaceful location.
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Tucked away in the Japanese alps of Takayama we were given both a convivial and contemplative multi-course dining experience by the owner and his assistant. The shimmering, almost translucent sashimi presented to us was caught from the river just that morning. It's cool flesh was as crisp and clean as the winter landscapes photographed by our host. and on display as we ate. Like the best Japanese we met in our travels, the proprietor's pride in his work was distinctly apparent yet somehow humble, as if his skills were really just a friendly gift for us to enjoy. Every one of his dishes was at worst lovely, and at best sublime. Ending our evening with hearty soba and a glass of barley shochu was such a comforting descent from the heights of pleasure that the Wagyu course provided. That beef melted like God's butter on the pallet; I stood up and swore aloud it was so good. Sakana is a treasure and it is heartening to know that there are people out there plying their trade with such diligence and kindness.

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Reviewed 1 May 2016

We dined at this restaurant after experiencing some of Tokyo's best restaurants, and it was not less wonderful. The dishes were original and tasty, and the owner-chef went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He even shared his love for old time american hits with us. We will certainly come again.

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Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

The chap had a special guest and had to be available at 7 pm.. He said if you are here between 530 and 700 pm, we will show you our food. And what a show it was. Ducks talking to chicken but no problem. Fresh, no pretense and really really very good to sublime. Tempura melts in your mouth but retain their subtle vegetable flavor. The host was passionate about his food and go to local mountains to pick vegetables and mushrooms. We had some. . English was limited but that was no barrier. Takayama is in the hills but come if you can for this unusual and eccletic meal.

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Reviewed 3 April 2016

A long due review - we visited Sakana November last year and were extremely impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm presented by the owner. Amazing (I mean amazing!) sashimi that comes with wasabi freshly picked from the mountain which tastes nothing like the regular ones! Hida beef was an absolute delight. Fantastic execution in every dish.

We got a private room (which looks more like a house) for a party of 4 for the irori set. Really fun and delicious experience.

We were invited to the cozy bar nextdoors after dinner for a very interesting type of "fish wine". The owner is an expert in wines as well and has some good home made wines to offer. Would love to take the bottles away!

Advanced reservation is required - the restaurant speaks a bit of English so no hassles with booking online

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1  Thank Annie L
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

This restaurant serves seasonal and regional food through a year(original menu for four sensons of Japan) !
I highly recommned not only for Japanese but also foreign tourists who are interested "Takayama's special regional food"

I visited "Sakana" in the middle of November as family. They served us
seasonal fish (includes Sashimi)from Japan sea near from Takayama
and so many kinds of "natral" mashrooms harvested around Takayama area
as "Hot Nabe", of course they served excellent grilled Hida beef.
I felt "Sakana" makes good use of food's material as their orignial recipe!
No other Japanese restaurant can serve such "natural food" in Takayama.
Needless to say ambience of this restaurant is also excellent.

I visit Takayama ever twice a year and I visit "Sakana" .
Whenever I visit "Sakana", they serve us excellent foods with surprise and
sophsitication!!.Very uniquie and special resutarant.

1  Thank FrequentFlier803594
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