Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course meals enjoyed in Japan.
What sets Kaiseki apart from other Japanese cuisines is its intricate attentions to the taste, presentation, texture and the seasonality of ingredients.
When you experience Kaiseki, you will know that dining is also an art.
Though it depends on the individual menu and Chef’s philosophy, Kaiseki typically is composed of an appetizer, hassun (a seasonal platter of small dishes), a platter of fish sashimi, simmered vegetables, a lidded dish, a grilled item, a palate cleanser, a main course, rice along with pickles, a soup, a seasonal dessert, in a well thought-out order.
Kaiseki is the meal to try if you would like to enjoy the most authentic of all Japanese meals!
Please note that usually, you will need to make an advance reservation for a Kaiseki meal.
Here are the top 5 Kaiseki restaurants in Osaka!
Local tells Top 5 best Kaiseki Restaurants in Osaka!Enjoy authentic Japanese meals
1.Oimatsu KITAGAWA/老松喜多川Oimatsu KITAGAWA has been receiving the Michelin star consecutively since its opening days, thus one of the best in Japan.
Kitagawa specializes in fish dishes so you will get to experience one of the best Kaiseki meal that contains the freshest ingredients from the sea.
The celebrity chef decides the menu based on the fresh ingredients available on the day, so each time you visit, you will get to experience a different meal.
Be warned, however, Kitagawa’s holidays are not regular.
So please check out first if the restaurant is open either by calling them or visiting their website.
Oimatsu Kitagawa is around a 10 minutes’ walking distance from Yodobashi station.
2.Ajikitcho Bunbu-An/味吉兆 ぶんぶ庵Bunbu-an entertains you though its meals, environment and the customer service.
Your eyes and soul will be pleased from the Bunbu-An’s traditional sukiya (tea house) styled architecture and decor.
It has been awarded Michelin 1 star.
Their lunch Kaiseki starts at ¥3,000 and a dinner option starts at ¥8,000.
They can also accommodate your dietary restrictions, so if you are a vegan, vegetarian, Halal eater, and still want to enjoy Kaiseki meal, this might be a place to try.
Please reserve in advance to ensure you will not be disappointed at the door.
Bunbu-an is just above the exit No.7 of Hommachi Station on Midosuji Line.
3.Kitashinchi YUKI/北新地 湯木Yuki is not necessary a Michelin starred restaurant.
However, you can still enjoy the authentic Kaiseki meal at an esteemed restaurant. This restaurant would by my personal recommendation.
There are 3 branches all near Kitashinchi station.
Kiccho, known to be the best Japanese restaurant in Japan, was established by Mr. Yuki, the grandfather of the current owner of Kitashinchi YUKI.
YUKI, thus continues on the tradition of serving Chakaiseki.
Chakaiseki is heavily influenced by the philosophy of tea ceremony and the menu usually is carefully thought out to highlight the beautiful taste of tea.
Kaiseki lunch starts at ¥5,000 and dinner at ¥12,000.
But what you might try here is shoukadou lunch box, which is a Kaiseki influenced lunch box styled with a cross partition.
Mr. Yuki, owner of Kiccho, started shoukadou lunch box, which is now a big part of the Japanese lunch culture.
Next,let’s go to the Kaiseki restaurant located in Mino!
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4. Ichijunisai Ueno Mino Branch/一汁二菜うえの 箕面店Ichiju-nisai literally means one soup, two dishes (one main, one side), which was the traditional composition of the Japanese meal.
Though the restaurant offers more dishes today, its name the restaurant’s pride in its natural dashi (soup) stock, which is known to be the soul of the traditional Japanese food, especially Kaiseki.
It has acquired a Michelin two stars.
Though this Michelin two star restaurant is a bit out of a way, the environment is worth your trip.
It is almost as if you are dining in the middle of the forest.
You can relax in the quiet, zen-like environment, viewing the beautiful garden, and enjoy this simple yet sensible Kaiseki meal.
Their lunch Kaiseki starts around ¥8,000 and dinner Kaiseki is around ¥12,000 to ¥28,000.
Ichiju-nisai’s Mino branch is about a 10 minutes’ walk from Mino Station on Hankyu Line.
5.Koryu/弧柳Koryu is a small restaurant with only 12 counter seats.
This creates a perfect intimate environment where the Michelin 3 starred chefs will prepare your Kaiseki meal right in front of your eyes, while friendly engaging in conversations.
The very friendly chefs prepare your Kaiseki dishes right before your eyes, and you should feel free to ask them questions!
The Chefs select the best of the ingredients from Osaka, Kyoto as well as other places in Japan to offer you the best of Osaka and that of Japan.
They even carefully select the water you drink from the food of the mountain nearby Osaka.
Koryu also has a vide selection of alcohols from all over Japan and the world, including local sake, shochu, wine, and champagne.
Their Kaiseki meals are around ¥16,000 to ¥25,000.
Top 5 best Kaiseki Restaurants in Osaka
- Oimatsu KITAGAWA・・・ Oimatsu KITAGAWA has been receiving the Michelin star consecutively since its opening days
- Ajikitcho Bunbu-An・・・Bunbu-an entertains you though its meals, environment and the customer service.
- Kitashinchi YUKI・・・Kiccho, known to be the best Japanese restaurant in Japan, was established by Mr. Yuki, the grandfather of the current owner of Kitashinchi YUKI.
- Ichijunisai Ueno Mino Branch・・・Ichiju-nisai literally means one soup, two dishes (one main, one side), which was the traditional composition of the Japanese meal.
- Koryu・・・This creates a perfect intimate environment where the Michelin 3 starred chefs will prepare your Kaiseki meal right in front of your eyes.
I hope you’ll enjoy the best Kaiseki meals in Osaka!