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Respond to Review of Kinatei
by MercedesJ

Review: I've used happycow.net for a couple years and have eaten at amazing veg restaurants because of it, but this is the first time I have taken the time to write a review! It was THAT amazing. When I met someone at my hostel that was vegetarian I suggested we all go here for lunch. It was delicious (enough to make one of the non veg with us consider going vegetarian/vegan!). It was such a friendly atmosphere, we ended up having an impromptu matcha demonstration with the restaurant owner's kind friends! She offered to hold a dinner reservation for me but it was a solo trip and by the time dinner rolled around I got a concerned call from the restaurant owner (who I had just met at lunch! a stranger!) asking if I was ok for dinner and that she could make me a bento box for dinner or talk me through convenience store options if the restaurant was too far away. As a vegetarian of 9 years (well 9 yrs on May 7th!), I still get anxious finding veg options when traveling and away from my kitchen and I never said that during lunch, so the fact that she was such a compassionate person that she called to check touched my heart. When I showed up to the restaurant she told me to put my bag down, and what I expected to be a quick grab & go was actually her driving back from Osaka to open the restaurant just for me, 1 person, and serve a huuugggeeee vegan meal! Plate after plate of deliciousness! They kept coming! I got to try so many dishes that I wish I could try at restaurants but that are never veg. I talked with her, and her nice husband. It was so nice to talk to a woman who had been veg for so long and that had had such a major impact on the lives of her friends and family! I was so inspired! Afterwards she even drove me back to my hotel. When I went back for lunch the next day (of course!) it was another delicious combo of vegan dishes. She also made me a bento for my bus home since I was leaving. I ate a total of 4 times at that restaurant counting the bento and never once was bored with the food! Never once had a meal anything less than amazing and extremely delicious. Every time I went to Kinatei I never once saw a person leave sad. Everyone left smiling complimenting her food. Every single person! You come in a customer, and leave feeling like someone who was at their friend's house for lunch/dinner. Thank you for everything! I will definitely be back. You are missing out if you don't come here!

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