Fondly referred to as the nation’s kitchen, the Japanese city of Osaka has long been known for its culinary delights. In the 2017 MICHELIN guide, 91 restaurants in Osaka were awarded Michelin stars, while another 142 were affirmed with the Bib Gourmand status. If you’re not sure where to start, try booking in at one of these topnotch restaurants for a meal to remember.
For an intimate dining experience, reserve a seat at three-starred Koryu, a cosy space that accommodates only 12 diners at a time. Run by chef-owner Shintaro Matsuo, Koryu specialises in omakase. There is no menu as the dishes are solely dependent on the produce, so come with an open mind. Dishes mentioned in the guide include a delicious-sounding charcoal-grilled ayu (sweetfish) sprinkled with trade vinegar. Expect to pay around 16,000 yen for your meal.
Address: 1-5-1 Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka
Lauded to be the best sushi restaurant in Okinawa, two-Michelin-starred Harasho serves up its raved about sushi in a super cosy setting that seats only eight. Thanks to the head chef Kou Ishikawa’s ability to bring out every seafood’s unique flavour, reservations are notoriously difficult to make. If you don’t mind paying a little extra, check out tour website Voyagin, which can assist you in the process for a fee of USD45. Be sure to eat the sushi as soon as it’s placed in front of you! Expect to pay between 15,000 to 20,000 yen for dinner.
Link for Voyagin booking: https://goo.gl/SPmFSu
Address: 3-8-10 Ueshio, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
Osaka is known for its kushiage (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables), and there’s no better place to enjoy that than at Again, a new entrant (one Michelin star) on the guide. The menu consists of 17 kushiage omakase sets, each featuring diverse and creative ingredients fried in plant oil. Don’t miss the truffle buttered potatoes as well as the fried egg and hamburger curry skewer. Expect to pay at least 7,500 yen for dinner.
Address: 3F, Umebachi Bldg, 1-5-7 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka