We stumbled upon Chaya Hirano by chance, and I was very impressed. Entering the quiet restaurant, we felt the ambience of a tea house with peaceful garden beyond the wall-to-wall windows in the back. The waitress asked if we wanted to leave our order to the cook, and I asked what that might be. "Eighteen different types of vegetables and a flying fish." Sounded great, so that's what he had.
Only it wasn't 18 dishes - I counted 20, and each dish had more than one type of vegetable on it. Thankfully, the plates were small, so I was able to finish that excellent meal. I later heard from a local that Hirano is famous for serving wild vegetables, and I noticed several served to us. The flying fish was fresh and fabulous.
The green tea was also extraordinary. In answer to my question, the waitress explained that it had been infused with yomogi (omg, is that really called wormwood in English?!) and coffee beans. I thought it tasted of cinnamon. Anyway, it was delicious.
If you want an authentic Japanese meal and you're good and hungry, I highly recommend this lovely out-of-the-way haven.
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