Umeshiba is Being Redeveloped Into a Trendy Area with Gourmet Restaurants Including French Kushiage Shops

These days, there is a lot of activity in the Shibata area of Umeda in Osaka, popularly known as "Umeshiba." In particular, many notable shops seem to be opening up in the Umeshiba area north of Yodobashi Umeda. Both "petit comptoir" and French Kushiage BEIGNET are run by Le Comptoir, a popular restaurant in Ohatsutenjin Urasando, and became the talk of the town as soon as they opened! With a new bakery with constant queues, a relaxing cafe, as well as the scheduled opening of a hotel next spring, the Umeshiba redevelopment area is one to keep an eye on!

Enjoy Reasonably-Priced French Deli with International Wines

Petit comptoir prides itself in serving French deli dishes made with an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables. It is popular for its reasonable prices, starting at 324 JPY for menu items including kushiyaki skewers and grills. It also serves a variety of wines from various countries, including Asuka wine from Osaka (300 JPY/glass).

Today's quiche (432 JPY/piece). The gentle flavor of cheese will engulf your palate. The manager, Yuichi Ito, also recommends the tartine of foie gras, of foie gras on bread - (732 JPY).

Tables to stand at, in addition to counter seating.

petit comptoir

New Kyoei Building 1F, 2-5-6 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Refined French Kushiage Skewers with a Fluffy Texture

French Kushiage BEIGNET serves courses of kushiage skewers made in the French beignet style. The fluffy and crunchy batter is light on the stomach so that you feel like you can keep on eating them! The restaurant always has a selection of more than 200 wines that go perfectly with the kushiage.

Kushiage is available in a 5,400 JPY course only. It includes amuse bouche, hors d'oeuvres, 10 skewers, and dessert. Contents of the kushiage change as they are made with seasonal ingredients.

With counter seating as well as a private room that accommodates up to 10, it is great for a variety of occasions!

French Kushiage BEIGNET

New Kyoei Building 1F, 2-5-6 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Exquisite Breads Combining Ingredients Such As Hazelnuts and Black Soybeans!

The Umeda main store of ROUTE271 has been extremely popular since it moved from Takatsuki in 2015. It has 50 different types of breads at any given time, all made with homemade, high-quality dough and filling, so no wonder there are queues to buy them.

Clockwise from left are: "A la creme noir" (324 JPY) with a rich, bittersweet cream that melts in the mouth made with 70.5% cacao Belgian chocolate ; "chestnut and dainagon azuki bean" (270 JPY) of chewy, buttery bread wrapped around chestnuts and dainagon azuki beans; and "black soybean and hazelnuts" (270 JPY) with a slightly sweet dough and a superb combination of black soybeans and fragrant caramelized nuts.

The shop is at the front on the first floor of a chic, green building. It usually sells out by the evening, so be sure to visit early!

ROUTE271 Umeda main store

1F, 2-3-2 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A Cafe Full of Antique Furniture

Cafenne is a cafe & restaurant with a tranquil atmosphere full of antique furniture. It is a cafe that also serves a "cheese fondue course" (3,580 JPY) with bottomless drinks in the evening.

This is a cafe with a retro feel. It is on two floors, and has a big-screen TV, so is appropriate for receptions and parties. [This article was originally published in KansaiWalker on 03.08.2017]


2-5-12 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

*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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