When you come to Japan, you probably want to east sushi at least once, right? Well, here are five recommended high-end sushi restaurants in Osaka that you have to try.
1. Sushidokoro Hirano
Sushidokoro Hirano, representing Osaka’s Kitashinchi area, is a long-established restaurant in the world of sushi. This full-fledged Edomae-style sushi establishment is constantly bustling with customers on weekdays. Here, you can enjoy eating sushi on the eight counter seats or in the Japanese-style private rooms. You will be happy to know that you can pair your sushi with Japanese sake, or wine and champagne recommended by the sommelier. The Omakase Course (~20,000 JPY) in which you leave the selection of the food up to the chef comes with around 10 types of side dishes and nigirizushi. While the nigirizushi may look simple, they have just the right balance between the topping and the sushi rice so that when you put a piece of sushi in your mouth, the rice disintegrates at the perfect time to bring out the flavor of the topping. Everything they serve here is delicious, but you might want to taste and compare the sayori (Japanese halfbeak), dark tuna meat pickled in soy sauce, stewed conger eel, and grilled conger eel. You have to visit this restaurant to taste their sushi!
1. Sushidokoro Hirano
2. Sushidokoro Hirokawa
The Michelin one-starred Sushidokoro Hirokawa is a full-fledged Edomae-style sushi restaurant that is tucked at the back-alley of Osaka’s Kyobashi area. Its menu only has omakase courses – the Sushi Omakase (starts at 7,000 JPY (incl. tax)) for the main sushi dishes, and the Omakase Course (starts at 7,500 JPY (incl. tax)) where you can enjoy sushi with an a la carte dish of the season. Here, you will see and taste new flavors with the variety of toppings they serve, including a topping in which yuzu kosho (a Japanese condiment made from yuzu or citrus rind and chili) is mixed with boiled squid. The simmered conger eel with a fluffy texture is especially recommended here. This restaurant’s wide range of a la carte dishes are also tasty masterpieces thanks to their exquisite soup stock and saltiness! Sushidokoro Hirokawa is a restaurant you have to try.
3. Hasegawa Shinsaibashi Branch
Hasegawa is a restaurant that has sushi at the core but also serves an extensive lineup of other dishes. Enter and you will see an expanse of Japanese space with an impressive stone pavement reminiscent of Kyoto that abounds in a feeling of luxury, giving it an extremely stylish ambience. This restaurant serves nigirizushi, including a Sushi Moriawase platter that starts at 2,800 JPY for the regular size and uses only the freshest ingredients, kaiseki which is a traditional style of course dishes (starting at 6,500 JPY), and ala carte dishes. It also has a wide array of drinks in its menu, including Japanese sake, wine, and shochu (a type of distilled liquor). Hasegawa is famous for its nigirizushi that uses the finest ingredients such as organic Koshihikari rice (a type of high-quality rice) from Shiga that was grown at the restaurant’s own farms, and natural Pacific bluefin tuna. You also have to check out the combination of the food and their serving dishes that were made in collaboration with potters. Won’t it be nice to spend a blissful time at this sophisticated space?
4. Sushi Ohata
Sushi Ohata, in Kitashinchi, has been attracting a lot of attention of late. Here, they prepare and cook select seasonal seafood through various methods such as sujime (marinating in vinegar), kobujime (sandwiched between konbu seaweed or kelp), and ibusu (smoked) in order to draw out their delicious flavors. With the perfect balance between the topping and the slightly firm rice that uses red vinegar, you will be able to savor the deliciousness of the sushi even more. Sushi Ohata basically serves just the omakase course (around 15,000 JPY). It has gained a reputation for the exquisite side dishes and toppings that showcase the fine skills of its chefs. And out of all its sushi, the tuna that almost melts in your mouth and the shellfish are particularly popular! You have to try their sushi at least once. Note that you need to make a reservation beforehand.
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4. Sushi Ohata
5. Sushidokoro Jinsei
Sushidokoro Jinsei, which is nestled in the back street of Osaka’s Shinsaibashi-Suji shopping arcade, is a sushi restaurant that best represents Osaka. Famous for having earned one Michelin star, many people from faraway places come to this place just to taste their sushi. Here, the menu is comprised of omakase courses that start at 15,000 JPY (excl. tax). Sit at the counter that was made from a single plank of hinoki cypress wood and every side dish and sushi tastes delicious while watching the skillful fingerwork of the chefs up close. Try the uni (sea urchin), tuna and white fish. You will taste the right sweetness and good flavors of the ingredients used in all the toppings that were made by the chefs using the freshest seafood along with a small personal touch. This is a sushi restaurant that you must visit at least once.
On top of everything else, Osaka is also home to many specialty sushi restaurants. Go check them out and find your favorite!
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