From Hotel Buffets to Sushi-go-rounds! Six Places in Osaka to Enjoy Crab
This article introduces restaurants in Osaka where you can have fantastic crab, including those that serve full courses of crab procured directly from fishing ports, crab sushi-go-round places, and crab buffets at hotels! ＜*This information is from Kansai Walker (issued October 24, 2017) ＞
Kasumi Kitayoshi Ohatsutenjin Branch is managed by the seafood processing company, Kitayoshi, in Kasumi, Hyogo Prefecture. This allows them to receive live crabs that have just been won through auctions. Its specialties are the rare Ogon-gani (gold crab) that people say you can only get one of out of 1,000 crabs, and Seko-gani, which are female snow crabs. The Seko-gani, in particular, can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, including salads and kamameshi (pot rice).
This is the Matsuba Crab Full Course (14,904 JPY/person *must confirm the availability of the crab in advance). Includes crab sashimi, vinegared Seko-gani, grilled or steamed crab, grilled crab shell, crab shabu-shabu, crab sukiyaki (with homemade tofu), crab zosui (porridge) (with Seko-gani), and dessert.
This is the Directly Shipped Ogon-gani Full Course (10,584 JPY/person *must confirm the availability of the crab in advance). Available starting from November 1 (Wed). Consists of nine courses, including crab sashimi with strong umami (savory flavor), grilled crab, grilled crab shell, red snow crab boiled at the shore, crab shabu-shabu, crab hot pot, and zosui.
This is the Seko-gani Kamameshi (1,814 JPY). Uses a whole Seko-gani. Richly flavored rice cooked with the ovaries and roe of Seko-gani is served topped with kani miso (miso-like paste found inside a crab's intestinal area).
This is the Seko-gani-don (1,382 JPY). A rice bowl with a whole Seko-gani on top of rice flavored with Tosa vinegar. The crab ovaries, roe, and soft meat are blended together.
The restaurant was renovated to add tables and zashiki seating to accommodate more guests. A private room for six people was added.
The entrance looks like a high-end kappo (high-class) restaurant, but it is lively inside.
■Kasumi Kitayoshi Ohatsutenjin Branch
＜Address: Daiichi Kawai Bldg. 2F, 2-10-19 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6311-7716; Hours: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm); Closed: Tuesday *Open every day from November until the end of the year; Capacity: 45 seats; Smoking: No; Access: Close to Higashi-Umeda Station on the subway＞
Kasumi Kitayoshi Ohatsutenjin Branch
■They also have a Tenma Branch!
The Tenma branch was Kitayoshi's first restaurant. Seating is limited to 10 people at the counter, and the menu is the same as at the Ohatsutenjin branch. Jyunmai-shu sake, made using traditional brewing techniques at a Kasumi sake brewery called “Kasumi-zuru” that does not sell to the general public, is available (540 JPY for 90ml). Enjoy it with the Combination Plate of Homemade Heshiko (marinated mackerel) (1,058 JPY).
This is a selection of sake from the Kasumi brewery, Kasumi-zuru. Check the board for the day's recommendations!
■Kasumi Kitayoshi Tenma Branch
＜Address: Suge-kita Heights 1F, 50405, Tenjin-bashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6881-0181; Hours: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm); Closed: Tuesday; Capacity: 10 seats; Smoking: Yes; Parking: None; Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Tenma Station＞
Kasumi Kitayoshi Tenma Branch
Hamanoko is a restaurant where you can enjoy kanitoro, a specialty from Sakai-minato in Tottori Prefecture. Kanitoro is a regional dish that consists of crab meat that’s been pulverized, and then fermented at an ice-cold temperature. The sukiyaki (hot pot) course uses a whole crab (serves about two people). They procure their crabs directly from Sakai-minato, so you can enjoy crab whole, as well as in other ways like crab sashimi and grilled crab.
This is the Live Crab Sukiyaki Course (from 18,000 JPY for one crab; reservations must be made three or more days in advance; reservations accepted for two or more guests). An extravagant course that includes crab sukiyaki, crab sashimi, and grilled crab. The live Matsuba crab is sold at market price, but you'll be able to enjoy the flavors of the season in various ways, such as crab zosui and grilled crab shell.
This is the Crab Sashimi (a part of the Live Crab Sukiyaki). The crab meat has a melt-in-your-mouth texture, which is outstanding. A whole crab is used in the course (for two people), so crab sashimi is not available a la carte.
This is the Kanitoro-don (830 JPY, 880 JPY as a lunch set). The toro (left), with a smooth texture and deep umami, further enhances the taste of the soft snow crab.
This is the Crab Leg Tempura (280 JPY/each). The contrast between the flaky batter and fluffy crab meat is fantastic.
This is the Crab Oden (starts from 140 JPY/each). Made with miso dashi (stock) taken from snow crabs. The Crab Kinchaku (right front; 250 JPY) is a must-try.
The restaurant is crowded at lunchtime. The Kanitoro-don comes with a crab soup at lunchtime for 880 JPY. In the evening, there are approximately 80 items on the menu, including creative dishes.
Located right outside the No. 6 exit.
＜Address: Chane Claire Hon-machi 1F, 1-6-21 Kyutaro-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6121-6127; Hours: 11:30 - closes when lunch dishes run out, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:10 pm); Closed: Weekends and holidays; Capacity: 32 seats; Smoking: No smoking during lunch; Access: Right by Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station on the subway＞
Hyatt Regency Osaka was one of the first places to offer crab buffets. This is the seventh year for it to offer a buffet centered around piles of boiled snow crab that can be enjoyed with a variety of sauces, including a dip of soy sauce mixed with olive oil. A new menu item this year is the Singapore Chili Crab, made with snow crab. This year, the popular fall ingredient, salmon, is also included. It is offered marinated, sautéed, and steamed with a sauce that changes daily.
This is a picture of steaming hot snow crab. Cold crab meat is also offered.
Boiled snow crabs, piled high, is the highlight of the buffet. It is a sight to behold!
This is the Singapore Chili Crab that debuted this year. It is an outstanding dish, consisting of snow crab in a spicy sauce.
The plump salmon is cooked in a simple way to bring out its natural umami. It is enjoyed with different sauces, such as dill, miso, and yuzu (Japanese citrus).
The buffet is offered in The Cafe on the first floor of the hotel. It includes popular menu items, such as butter chicken curry and lentil curry.
■Buffet DATA/Crab Carnival
Price: 5,100 JPY/adult (excl. tax and service), 2,550 JPY/child; Period: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday till March 31 (Sat), 2018 *Different prices between December 22 (Fri) - December 25 (Mon) and December 31 (Sun) - January 2 (Tue). 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and the day before a national holiday; Reservations: A discount of 400 JPY/adult and 200 JPY/child by making reservations online *Reservations recommended; Menu: Approximately 50 items, including boiled snow crab and crab flan; Time limit: None
■Hyatt Regency Osaka The Cafe
＜Address: 1-13-11, 1F Nanko-kita Suminoe-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6612-1234; Capacity: 158 seats; Access: 3 minutes from Nakafuto Station on the New Tram *Shuttle buses available from JR Osaka Station＞
Hyatt Regency Osaka The Cafe
Hotel Nikko Osaka is offering a crab buffet for the first time to celebrate its 35th anniversary. There are high expectations for the buffet, which will include grilled snow crab, Japanese blue crab bouillabaisse, and crab chirashi-zushi. Horse crab and dungeness crab, which are rare, can be ordered separately.
Enjoy high-class crabs, such as cold snow crab and red king crab – which is found in warmer climates – on ice to your heart's content.
This is horse crab from Hokkaido. Boiled horse crab is available for an additional 3,800 JPY (four crabs in a set). Boiled dungeness crab is available for an additional 5,000 JPY each (both incl. tax, excl. service charge).
This is All Day Dining SERENA, located on the second floor. Get your fill of crabs while enjoying the illuminations on Midosuji.
■Buffet DATA/Crab x Crab Fiesta
Price: 5,500 JPY/adult (incl. tax, excl. service charge), 2,750 JPY/child, 5,200 JPY/senior (65 years old and older) *includes soft drinks. Free for children under elementary school age.; Period: November 17 (Fri) - December 22 (Fri); Hours: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm), Weekends and holidays: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm; Reservations: Recommended; Menu: Approximately 30 items, including snow crab pasta salad, soft shell crab fritters, and more; Time limit: 120 minutes＞
■ Hotel Nikko Osaka All Day Dining SERENA
＜Address: 1-3-3, 2F Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6244-1036; Capacity: 148 seats; Access: Directly connected to Shinsaibashi Station on the subway＞
Hotel Nikko Osaka All Day Dining SERENA
The Suita Green Place branch of Kanazawa Maimon Sushi serves approximately 70 types of sushi made with fresh wild fish from the Hokuriku region, such as nodoguro (rosy seabass) and kawahagi (thread-sail filefish). These fish are delivered directly from Noto. The crab rolls are battleship rolls of female snow crab, known as “kobako-gani”, including the ovaries and roe.
This is the Kobako-gani Sashimi (1,382 JPY). It consists of Kobako-gani shells packed with crab sashimi. The ovaries are served too, so it is perfect with sake.
This is the Kobako Gunkan (battleship rolls) (702 JPY for two rolls). A set of two lets you enjoy both the springy crab meat and rich ovaries (left), as well as the roe that bursts in the mouth (right).
There is counter seating, as well as comfortable tables.
■Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Suita Green Place Branch
＜Address: Suita Green Place WEST, 2-3-9 Katayama-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6386-1144; Hours: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (L.O.), 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm), Weekends: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm); Closed: None; Capacity: 82 seats; Smoking: No; Access: 10 minutes on foot from JR Suita Station
Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Suita Green Place Branch
The Grand Front Osaka Branch of Hakodate Kantaro serves approximately 90 different types of sushi made with seafood from Hokkaido and fresh ingredients from near the shore. The crab here is Hanasaki crab from Nemuro in Hokkaido, which is served as battleship rolls. The sushi rice, made with rice from Hokkaido, is kept at body temperature to bring out the flavors of the toppings.
This is the Hanasaki Crab Battleship Roll (464 JPY for two). The umami seep out every time you chew. It is only served at the Grand Front Osaka store.
There are 21 seats at the counter. The restaurant has a large capacity, with 54 additional boxed seats.
■Hakodate Kantaro Grand Front Osaka Branch
＜Address: Grand Front Osaka South Bldg. 7F, 4-20 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6485-7168; Hours: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm); Closed: In accordance with Grand Front Osaka; Capacity: 75 seats; Smoking: No; Access: Directly connected to JR Osaka Station＞
Hakodate Kantaro Grand Front Osaka Branch
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 11.13.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.