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Review: One of the best dining experiences I've had. Where to begin? We had a tasty, balanced meal. You get a little bit of everything -- rice, salad, mushrooms, miso soup, some kind of porridge with cheese, tea and fruit for dessert. It all tasted exceptional. But the food doesn't make this place what it is. The hospitality is off the charts. As fellow vegans and vegetarians know too well, it's mostly we who do the talking -- Does or food contain this or that, is it suitable, etc. Yoshiko, the owner, answered all of our questions before we had a chance to ask them. The cheese contains no animal rennet, the soup doesn't have any kind of fish powder, the tofu doesn't have any additive that's animal-derived, you get the idea. I was astounded by her nutritional acumen. But it doesn't end there. Yoshiko saw I finished my food fairly quickly (I'll admit I was hungry) and gave me another portion of rice and curry -- free of charge. She also heard that we were going to the deer park and temples, and not only offered us a free ride (we were in a rush), but gave us food to feed the deer gratis. She stayed with us for a while and gave us great advice about how to manage our time. It was clear she really cared about us and what we were doing, and she was with us every step of the way. Great food, even better people. A must-go if you're visiting Nara.