Of course I know the restaurant.
It is one of the most symbolic Kappou restaurants in Kyoto (Kappou being a type of traditional Japanese cuisine).
The overall saltiness of their dishes is moderate and it is said that it tastes especially bland among Kyoto’s regional cuisine.
The dishes which are made by the owner are very tasty without relying on seasoning. I guess it would depend on people's preferences if they like it or not.
However, their lunch is great value for the price as you said and I think that it would be worth giving a try.
I would like to also recommend Nagasaki Hanten
which while is not for everyone, I went back to a second time a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. Featured in Season 6? of one of the episodes of Kodoku No Gurume (lonely gourmet), the food lives up to the coverage.
While no English is spoken that I am aware of (and no English menu), all you need to do is focus on one or two signature dishes. The food is Nagasaki style Japanese Chinese
- Gokujo Champon (signature Nagasaki style pork bone broth ramen with a delectable amount of stir fried cabbage, pork, mixed seafood, vegetables on top with round slightly thicker medium firm noodles). Second time having this and still loved it. Seems healthier than Buta Yaro ;-) or Ramen Jiro's monster bowls...
- Sara (Sala) udon - this is not udon but resembles Cantonese pan fried noodles with cabbage and pork (and a few other things) on top. Another Nagasaki specialty. You can ask for "kata men" which is firmer crispier noodles. In the end it doesn't matter anyway as the starch thickened sauce will make it all less crispy and delicious. Alternate between vinegar, mustard, and their seasoned soy sauce in moderation.
If anything focus only on the champon. The soup alone is gorgeous, the seafood delicious, and the shitake is ridiculously good after absorbing all that flavor. If room allows then try the Sara Udon.
Get an order of yaki gyoza (beautiful and quite large portion), and a "bin biru" (bottle of Kirin) or you can get a nama beer. Then you should be good!
They have other classics like sweet sour pork (su-buta) and the typical chuka ryori classics, but the champon is a must have.
Anyone been to Sumibi Yakiniku Fuchioka (#7)?
How does it compare to Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera? Their rating on Tablelog is 3.66, versus Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera at 4.17 and 4.23 respectively.
Looking for a good yakiniku restaurant to try, any advice would be much appreciated!