Michelin Starred Restaurants of Osaka

14 Dec

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Japan has the highest number of Michelin star restaurants, with 317 across the country, beating France, long regarded as the home of fine cuisine. Osaka is blessed with 88 one-star, 15 two-star and 5 three-star Michelin restaurants, which makes it the fifth most Michelin-restaurant populated city in the world. The bustling city is Japan’s third largest and is known as “Japan’s Kitchen”. You’re really spoiled for dining choices when visiting Osaka.

Let’s start with the three-star restaurants; Fujiya 1935 and Koryu were promoted in 2012. Fujiya 1935 is also ranked number one on Tripadvisor, so scientifically that has to be the best right? Well, by all accounts it is definitely a contender, however, it is worth noting that Fujiya has lost a star in the 2013 ratings. Fujiya is a small, intimate restaurant that was established in 1935 (hence the name). It only has a handful of tables, Fujiya is a Spanish-Asian fusion restaurant that serves technical masterpieces and all for a reasonable 13,500¥ (£100).
Fujiya 1935
Fujiya 1935 (トリップアドバイザー提供)

A warm welcome awaits at Koryu, where the chef is happy to give you an interactive experience and explains each dish if you sit at the open kitchen bar. Dishes include chilled yuzu and baby eel sorbet for the adventurous and sublime miyazaki beef. Booking at the 3 star Hajime restaurant can be a bit hit and miss and can only be taken over the phone (gird your loins for the long distance phone call charges). If you have the patience it will be worth it however. The 8 course tasting menu comes highly recommended.
北新地 弧柳
北新地 弧柳 (トリップアドバイザー提供)

Taian is a hidden 3 star gem, although you will need to trust your chef as the staff isn’t multi-lingual. Most dishes will be a mystery, but for the bold diner, this will be an exciting adventure. Kashiwaya is a Ryōtei restaurant that serves modern Japanese food and is located at the Relais & Châteaux hotel. With dishes like puffer roe boiled in sake in turnip soup, you can be guaranteed an authentic meal in a traditional setting.

Kahala is buried amongst an entire strip of restaurants, but this two-star restaurant is often cited as one of the best in Osaka, beating its three-star rivals. It is a Kappo restaurant, where the master chefs have around 15 years experience of cutting, boiling and seasoning fish rather than cutting for sushi. Kahala is expensive at 30,000¥ (£225) per person, but this cult restaurant is where food meets art. You can enjoy a potato paper-chain, carved from a single potato, as well as their speciality, 5 barely seared layers of Iga beef. Delectable!

For tempura, head to the two-star Yotara Honten which was established in 1921. The fourth generation chef creates tempura from onion (Negi) and Osaka shrimp (Shirasa Ebi). The house specialty is Taimeshi, a sea bream rice dish. The tempura, taimeshi and soup will set you back just 4,000¥ (£30). Gyuho is a two-star Kaiseki restaurant found in the Kitashinchi area of Osaka and is a must for meat lovers. Exotic dishes include sashimi heart, tongue and liver. Or the stew-like shabu-shabu – meaning swish-swish for the sound of the meat cooking in the pot. For a full-on meat feast here, expect to pay 25,000-30,000¥ (£190-225).

The one-star La Baie French restaurant has a coveted 5 ‘couvert’ spoon and fork symbols for decor, comfort and service. You’d expect such a level at a Ritz-Carlton restaurant though. The traditional European decor is all wood panelling, chandeliers and fine art. The twist here is that the modern French cuisine is created with local Japanese ingredients. Definitely worth a try.

To see the latest results for the 2013 Michelin Guide, click here.

If any of these restaurants are enticing enough to bring you to the bustling city of Osaka, then be sure to book a room at the five star Swissotel Nankai Osaka, situated in the heart of Namba.

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Kirin’s opinion:
It’s said Osaka is a city of “Kuidaore” that means people there are particular about foods. I also hear that a restaurant that serves so-so dishes may survive in Tokyo but never do in Osaka. Yet, I think there are also many restaurants in Tokyo that are highly rated in Michelin Guide. ^ ^

Ryotei or Kappou are the type of restaurants that are often used for client dinner and so it’s paid by company, and it’s not for ordinary people to just go eat a dinner easily. ^ ^;; (To me, I can’t afford 20,000 or 30,000yen or even 10,000yen for a meal per person! haha!!)


5 Responses to “Michelin Starred Restaurants of Osaka”

  1. Salma December 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this great information about the various restaurants. ^_^

  2. Alberto December 18, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Today I'm going to cook meat Cannelloni (quite typical Italian food).
    I will take some photos to show you the result. 😀

    I am mostly carnivorous, but I eat every type of food and since Michelin gave some stars there, I will have to go there and try those "delicatessen" ^_^

    The photos look like the restaurant is quite luxurious. I guess if the prices are affordable because here restaurants that serve little amount of food are usually very expensive 😛
    The only Japanese restaurant I went was in Madrid, and it was so expensive… But the food was really amazing and the place very comfortable, looking like a very modern place and the Japanese waitress was so kind …

    I was going to post some comment about Apple's travel but I think I will need the weekend to come for reading it and write the comment.

    He visto una película Japonesa de terror ayer por la noche y todavía estoy con miedo… LOL
    Ya he aprendido alguna cosa másde Japonés gracias a las películas que veo, pero aún me queda mucho por aprender.
    También he visto la "lección de Japonés" de Apple, ¡¡Arigatou gozaimasu!!
    Este fin de semana que tengo tiempo creo que podré aprenderla.
    ¡¡¡Un saludo a todos!!! Y gracias por seguir con TKE!!!!
    Dale una salchica a Pi-Chan y una galleta a tu marido 😀

    Matane!!! Hasta luego!!!

    P.S: I made a logo for TKE!!!! I don't know who did the actual one, but it is so ugly and boring…. It looks like a corporative logo!!! I think even Pi-chan is bored of that logo :p
    Here is the logo I made: http://i.imgur.com/NOeNa.png
    The height is a bit bigger than the actual one, it is 720×210 instead of 720×120, so you will need to adapt a little bit the web header. I saved the webpage to my hard disk and modified it to show the preview. To adapt the header I only added some blank spaces so the menu at the top is moved down to not overly the new logo. But I suppose that your web master knows a better way to do this.
    And here is how TKE would look like with this logo: http://i.imgur.com/kw9Br.png
    I have just realized that it is missing the "By Kirin Suzuki", but I can add it easily, if you want.
    I got the "photoshop" source image, so if you need it I can send it to your e-mail for you to edit.

    • kirin December 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Hi Alberto,

      Thank you for your comment. As for the title logo, I dropped the previous one because I do not always focus on kawaii since a recovery from the hiatus, and so I asked my friend to make something simple. Was it too simple then? lol

      I liked yours. It's a good idea to have photos mixed like that. I may ask him again to modify it in the future. (Will you please email me the logo you made just in case?) I also dropped a link to FB and twitter because I'm tired of them. 😦

      Ahora no tengo mucho tiempo y tengo que dormir ya.
      Matane! ^ ^;;

      • Apple December 19, 2012 at 4:17 am #

        Hi Kirin! I preferred your previous logo actually. I don't know why but I'm used to your site having blue and white as its theme colours

      • kirin December 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

        Thanks Apple, for your feedback. I thought I should make some changes but I guess this logo was too simple and the previous one was even better actually… :p

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