One may hesitate when availing of Japanese dishes like kaiseki ryori (banquet dishes) because of their high prices. However, you can enjoy authentic flavors at a reasonable price during lunch time, even at certain high-class restaurants! This article introduces 5 classy restaurants in Osaka where you can enjoy luxurious flavors.
You can pick from the numerous types of private rooms at this restaurant, which range from sunken kotatsu rooms to rooms that come with a sofa and table. Each room is fully private, so you can enjoy your meal in peace. It is recommended to try out the Toka (4,500 JPY (incl. tax)), where you can enjoy 8 dishes made with luxurious ingredients, as well as the Omakase Kaiseki (4,000 JPY (incl. tax)), which is a 9-dish kaiseki course. The restaurant serves lunch from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm, and requires reservations for groups of at least 6 people on weekdays, and 2 people on weekends and public holidays. For weekdays, you must reserve at least three days in advance, whereas for weekends, you need to make a reservation one day in advance (by 10:00 pm).
Private Tatami Room
Kita-Zuien is one of the stores of Nakanobo Zuien, which is an old hotel located in the Arima Onsen area. The indoor garden, which brims with Japanese aesthetic, and the private rooms that come with heated flooring tables, are popular among foreign guests. The lunch menu is composed of the Furumai Tenshin (3,000 JPY (excl. tax and service)), which comes with several types of dim sum, and the Otsukuri Tempura Tenshin (5,500 JPY (excl. tax and service), among various other courses. Remember to make a reservation by 12:00 pm of the day you would like to visit.
Have a taste of Japanese cuisine, such as tempura and seafood.
3. Horie Toka
Horie Toka can be found along the river of Dotonbori, which is Osaka's business shopping district. There are several “riverside private rooms” that you may avail of if you want to enjoy your meal while staring at the river. How about enjoying seasonal Japanese dishes while basking in the river’s atmosphere? Lunch time is from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm on weekends and public holidays only. The menu consists of four different types, from the 8-dish Hanayagi (5,000 JPY (incl. tax)) to the 9-dish Toka Kaiseki (6,000 JPY (incl. tax)). This restaurant has a reservation-only policy, so you must contact them 3 days prior.
An afternoon at the private riverside room.
4. Ginza Kuraudo, Hilton Plaza West Branch
The Ginza Kuraudo offers its customers a fusion of Japanese and Western food. The restaurant can be found at the 6th floor of the Umeda shopping mall, Hilton Plaza, which is one of Japan's representative malls. Its ceiling is over 7m tall! The lunch menu is composed of dishes like the Kuraudo Shimasu Bento (1,800 JPY - 3,000 JPY (excl. tax and service)), the lunchtime kaiseki (3,300 JPY - 4,600 JPY (excl. tax and service)), and the Ginza Kuraudo Teppanyaki Lunch Course (3,600 JPY - 9,800 JPY (excl. tax and service)). You can enjoy the teppanyaki lunch course only by the teppanyaki counter seat.
Seat with High Ceiling
Lunch Kaiseki Shikizanmai
5. Nakanoshima Honokawa
This restaurant focuses on hospitality, which they have perfected with their various elements, which include their dishes, atmosphere, and customer service. The authentic kaiseki ryori, which was created by head chef, who worked as a manager at the head office in Kitashinchi, is available at a reasonable price. The lunch menu is comprised of various dishes, starting from the Hanamachi Kaiseki-fu Ryori (2,500 JPY (incl. tax)) to the 10,000 JPY (incl. tax) kaiseki ryori course. It is recommended to try the Tokubetsu Hiru Kaiseki (5,000 JPY (incl. tax)) that lets you enjoy 8 seasonal dishes. Please also enjoy the tableware, which the head chef gathered themselves.
Tokubetsu Hiru Kaiseki
The tableware collected by the head chef decorates the table with color.
A popular practice in Osaka is enjoying your meal by the counter. Importance is placed on communication during meals, so please enjoy your interaction with the restaurant staff!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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