[MICHELIN GUIDE JAPAN] OSAKA Chou_ku BIb Gourmand 오사카편1

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Aozora Blue

  • 4-5-8 Hiranomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0046, Japan
  • 1,000 – 5,000 JPY • Udon

MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The owner-chef served apprenticeships in a number of soba restaurants. Charmed by the fragrance of the flour that he milled himself, he resolved to try his hand at udon. He is particularly proud of his ‘Arabiki (Coarse Ground) Udon’. If you want a simple taste, we recommend the ‘Zaru Udon’. The ‘Aburigamo no Tsukejiru Udon’ of flame-grilled duck with dipping sauce was inspired by soba. You can try a wide array of snack dishes with some sake, and finish with udon.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
+81 6-4708-8812

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Botani:Curry

  • 4-5-3 Kawaramachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0048, Japan
  • 1,000 – 1,500 JPY • Curry
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The feature dish here is ‘Botani Curry’, reflecting the amount of ‘botanical’ (i.e., vegetable) content in the dish. Multiple spices are added to a broth made from chicken and flavourful vegetables, giving it more aroma than spiciness; the sweetness from onion and honey adds mellowness. There’s a good assortment of side dishes, mainly of beans and root vegetables, which add vivid colour – enjoy adding bits and pieces of them to tweak the flavour of the curry.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant

Yoshinosushi

  • 3-4-14 Awajimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0047, Japan
  • 3,000 – 5,000 JPY • Sushi
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This is the birthplace of oshizushi, which caught on throughout Osaka. In the late Edo period, the first-generation owner-chef switched from running an inn to a sushi restaurant, and the third-generation owner-chef came up with the idea of sushi in a box. It’s called ‘8.5 cm kaiseki’ because the small box offers the five colours and five tastes of kaiseki in the form of grilled items, nimono and vinegared items.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
+81 6-6231-7181
 Jibundoki
  • 4-5-11 Minamikyuhojimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0058, Japan
  • 4,000 – 6,000 JPY • Okonomiyaki
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This popular restaurant is run by a husband and wife team. In addition to okonomiyaki and stir-fried noodles, the wide variety of teppanyaki is appealing. There are many creative skewered items, including ‘Kyo Nama-fu’, ‘Fresh Octopus with Shuto Sauce’ and ‘Umaki’. Start with the ‘Ebipan’, which is toast topped with minced shrimp, made without oil. We recommend the pork okonomiyaki which has a light texture and traps in the pork flavour.

  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining

 +81 6-6253-1661

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 Yakitori Hamada
  • 4-3-8 Kitakyuhojimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0057, Japan
  • 3,000 – 5,000 JPY • Yakitori
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
This restaurant was based on the idea of being a getaway for grown-ups, so is out of the way, in the basement of a condominium. Most of the chicken comes from Nara – try the heart or liver and you’ll realise just how much freshness is prized here. The owner-chef is very attentive and accommodating, changing the taste of the skewer, for example, based on your choice of sake. The appetisers provide a seasonal touch that the yakitori alone cannot.
  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Private dining room

+81 6-4708-7709

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Tavernetta da Kitayama

  • 4-3-12 Kitakyuhojimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0057, Japan
  • 1,500 – 7,000 JPY • Italian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The chef trained in northern Italy and each dish on the menu brings Japanese ingredients creatively together based on traditional Italian cuisine. Examples include the marinated mackerel and avocado terrine and the beef tongue and spinach with ragù sauce. Enjoy choosing, too, from a wide variety of meat dishes. The set menus are an option, but we also recommend ordering à la carte dishes and sharing the many different flavours.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • MDiners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Take away
  • Visa credit card
+81 6-6251-3376

 

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Nihonshuzammai Utsutsuyo

  • 3-2-1 Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0053, Japan
  • 5,000 – 8,000 JPY • Izakaya
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Only Japanese sake is served out of a desire to have customers experience the many ways it can be matched with food. The preference in Kansai is for freshly filleted sashimi but here it is thoroughly matured. There are regional dishes from the owner-chef’s home prefecture of Kagawa and others that go beyond the confines of Japanese cuisine and showcase his experience in French cuisine, like ratatouille and liver pâté with grilled apples.

  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Notable sake list
  • Shoes must be removed
+81 6-6281-8322

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Banya Hana

  • 2-3-4 Kawaramachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0048, Japan
  • 1,000 – 5,000 JPY • Izakaya
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This kappo izakaya is supervised by the small Ichijunisai Ueno restaurant chain. Using the same ingredients as the restaurants, the owner-chef himself puts together the menu. There are various creative dishes, including roast beef served with oba or raw uni, and braised chicken. We also recommend the chargrilled seasonal vegetables and seafood. The speciality is tai chazuke, which features a fragrant and pleasant sesame and tai aftertaste.

  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
+81 6-6232-3768

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ça marche

  • 1-5-7 Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0041, Japan
  • 2,500 – 7,000 JPY • French
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Informal, enjoyable French cuisine is the concept here, and the food is served in such a way that those used to eating with chopsticks can readily do so. Classic culinary techniques form the basis, with the extra special element of Japanese ingredients. The menu features straightforward dishes that simply bring out the natural flavours of the ingredients. Game can be enjoyed in winter, such as deer and wild boar supplied by hunters in Wakayama.

  • Air conditioning
  • VAmerican Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Visa credit card
+81 6-4707-0123

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Kitahama Anagoya

  • 1-8-5 Hiranomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0046, Japan
  • 1,500 – 7,000 JPY • Anago / Saltwater Eel
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Larger-sized anago from all over the country are used here. We recommend the anago set menu, which includes anago in every dish, with an appetiser, grilled anago and shabu-shabu at the end. The ‘Rokusai-mori’ includes lightly broiled sashimi, thin-sliced tsukuri and shredded tsukuri as well as seasonal seafood, and allows you to fully enjoy the anago. There is also seasonal shuko to go with sake. We recommend the hitsumabushi at lunchtime.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
+81 90-2288-8299

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Udondokoro Shigemi

  • 2-1-4 Sembachuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0055, Japan
  • 1,000 – 1,500 JPY • Udon
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Enjoy a marriage of Sanuki udon and Osaka dashi. The owner-chef undertook repeated udon-making apprenticeships in Kagawa. The dough is rested for a day before being made into noodles, so is chewy in texture. If it’s your first time here, we recommend the Sanuki-style such as with pure soy sauce, or with raw egg. The kitsune udon (with deep-fried tofu), said to have begun in Osaka, and the meat udon, served in a limited quantity daily, are tweaked for local tastes.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Reservations not accepted

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Naniwa Menjiro

  • 4-1-17 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan
  • 1,000 – 1,500 JPY • Ramen
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The owner-chef heeded the call of cuisine while helping out at his elder brother’s ramen restaurant. Along with his brother and his friends he perfected the ‘Ohgonbai Ramen’, with a broth made from both freshwater clams and dashi, with the addition of soy sauce kaeshi. It has sweetness from scorched onions, and the bracing fragrance of yuzu, whetting the appetite. Since it’s located inside Kintetsu Namba Station, you can enter by purchasing a platform ticket that comes with a discount coupon.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Reservations not accepted

+81 6-6575-7536

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Ramen Kuon

  • 1-4-3 Sembachuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0055, Japan
  • 1,000 – 1,500 JPY • Ramen
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The owner-chef says that changing the thick sauce means changing the dashi. He uses different dashi for each flavour. For soy sauce ramen, he uses dashi made from chicken and potherbs; for salt ramen, he uses dashi made from dried sardines; and for limited winter miso ramen, he uses dashi made from chicken bones. The noodles are crimped with high water content and go well with the broth. The feature dish is soy sauce ramen; the mushroom paste gives it a unique flavour.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Reservations not accepted

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Sumibiyakitori Ikoka

  • 3-3-3 Otedori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 540-0021, Japan
  • 3,000 – 5,000 JPY • Yakitori
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Priority is placed on the savouriness of the fat in the chicken and its freshness. The owner-chef doesn’t source his chicken from any one place, but purchases it part by part, judging it on its merits. He skewers large pieces and cooks them over bincho charcoal. He is particularly proud of the neck meat skewer, drawing out the flavour with some fine-tuned grilling. The meatloaf is delicious, combining the texture of skin and the flavour of onion.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Visa credit card

+81 6-6949-8976

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Hashimotoya

  • 2-2-21 Minamisemba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0081, Japan
  • 1,000 – 1,500 JPY • Curry
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The only dish offered here is chicken curry. The spices are ground only after an order is placed, then cooked in an earthenware pot together with the soup, making for a markedly rich fragrance. The rice is also spiced, creating a synergy of flavours. There’s creativity in how the taste varies as you eat different ingredients like tomatoes marinated in citrus, onsen tamago, yuzu, mizansho and other spices.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Reservations not accepted

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RISTORANTE SPELLO

  • 1-6-20 Kyutaromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0056, Japan
  • 2,500 – 8,000 JPY • Italian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The stylish dining room has an urban feel and the tables and work stand were made to the chef’s orders. Using the cooking processes and recipes he learned in Italy while adding his own unique sensibilities, he has put together a menu that is refined in every way, including in the presentation of the food. There are a wide variety of dishes that include handmade pasta such as gnocchi and ravioli and meat dishes like wagyu tagliata and wintertime game.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Cash only – lunch
  • Counter dining
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Take away
  • Visa credit card
+81 6-6262-7044
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Noro

  • 1-16-10 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0083, Japan
  • 3,000 – 8,000 JPY • Yoshoku
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Step inside this restaurant and you’ll find yourself in a retro Western-style atmosphere. We recommend the beef tongue stew and the beef stew. The demi-glace, made with plenty of tomatoes, is rich and deep yet not too much so. The ‘Hamburger Steak, Noro Style’ is a signature dish created by the founder featuring a doughnut-shaped hamburger patty with egg in the middle, grilled on a ceramic tile.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Take away
  • Visa credit card

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Yoshitaka

  • 2-8-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0083, Japan
  • 5,000 – 8,000 JPY • Oden
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The dashi, made from kombu, katsuo and chicken bones, is rich with umami. Complementary combinations of ingredients such as clams and kuzukiri, hamo and onions, and anago and burdock root were inspired by how nimono soup is made. Whatever the task, it is clear the techniques were cultivated in Japanese cuisine. The key ingredients are bamboo shoots in spring, awabi in summer, wild mushrooms in autumn and buri in winter.

  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking restaurant

+81 6-6210-3845

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Benikurage

  • 5-4 Hommachibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 540-0029, Japan
  • 5,000 – 8,000 JPY • Izakaya
    MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Preparations are kept to a minimum to emphasise the natural flavours of the ingredients. Seasonal nuta, chilled konjac, and cheese with miso dressing are popular items. There are some meat dishes like duck and beef, but the main focus is on fish and vegetables. The only drinks offered are Japanese sake and beer for toasts; the owner-chef’s wife is in charge of sake selection. The warm service of the husband and wife team is one of the draws here.

  • Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Notable sake list

+81 6-7710-2698

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Tonkatsu Daiki

  • 1-6-2 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0083, Japan
  • 1,000 – 3,000 JPY • Tonkatsu
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The pork used here has a delicate sweetness to it, which the owner-chef accentuates by cooking the meat slowly in vegetable oil at a low temperature until pink in the middle. If you go for the ‘Special Loin’ and ask for thick slices, you can really enjoy it to the full. It goes well with salt and ordinary sauce, but we recommend the thick sauce made on the premises with a Japanese mustard base plus wasabi, yuzu pepper, and other ingredients.

  • Air conditioning
  • Cash only
  • Counter dining
  • Non-smoking restaurant

+81 6-7181-7895

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Okonomiyaki Mizuno

  • 1-4-15 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0077, Japan
  • 1,500 – 3,000 JPY • Okonomiyaki
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Opened in 1945, this restaurant is now run by the founder’s granddaughter. Enjoy various okonomiyaki, including orthodox ‘mazeyaki’ and traditional ‘yoshoku-yaki’. The standard offering is the ‘Mizuno-yaki’ featuring generous amounts of minced meat and seafood. The ‘yamaimo-yaki’ has a fluffy texture, its batter being made without wheat flour – light and easy to eat, it’s a dish you’ll find only here.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Reservations not accepted
  • Visa credit card
+81 6-6212-6360

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Le Caneton

  • 2-6-23 Uehonmachinishi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0062, Japan
  • 4,500 – 9,000 JPY • French
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Original touches are added to classic dishes incorporating seasonal ingredients. One example is the colourful and playful amuse-bouche served on a tiered stand. As the name of the restaurant, which means ‘duckling’ in French, suggests, duck and foie gras dishes are the signature menu items. Typical ones include roasted Challandais duck breast and steamed foie gras and black truffle sauce risotto.

  • Air conditioning
  • American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Counter dining
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • Diners Club credit card
  • JCB
  • Mastercard credit card
  • Non-smoking restaurant
  • Visa credit card
+81 6-6761-1717

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