There are many tempura restaurants in the gourmet battleground of Osaka. Here are five recommended tempura restaurants from high-end ones to those you can enjoy at reasonable prices.
This is a restaurant that prides itself in serving tempura made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Tempura is a dish in which the taste of the ingredients comes through, so Tsuchiya avoids frozen or farmed products. It also offers three types of salts and tempura sauce with commentary on the best way to eat each item. The restaurant's dedication to quality has won it a place in the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years. It offers only course menus, with lunch courses starting at 3,500 JPY (incl. tax) and evening courses starting at 8,640 JPY (incl. tax). Enjoy the food with drinks from a wide selection of wines, sake, and shochu that all go well with tempura.
2. Osakaya Sotetsu
This is a restaurant in a quiet alley that is like a hideaway for adults. The owner, who worked at a famous hotel, fries a variety of ingredients including vegetables, wild seafood, and Japanese Black wagyu beef from select producers into light tempura. The popular lunchtime course, Tampopo (6,000 JPY (incl. tax)) includes tempura as well as sashimi of fresh, wild seafood. Savor the tempura in an environment carefully designed for you to relax and enjoy your meal with warm hospitality.
3. Tempura Maki
This restaurant takes advantage of its location just three minutes on foot from Osaka's kitchen, Kuromon Ichiba Market, to check on the procurement situation three times a day. The tempura made with carefully selected ingredients are prepared in time with your progress, and presented so you can eat them when they are freshly fried and sizzling. The restaurant's attention to detail is also evident in the specially ordered pure silver plates that the steaming hot tempura is served in. The oil drains well on the silver plates, which also do not trap the steam. Courses start at 4,900 JPY, and there are a la carte menus as well. Be sure to try their large wild shrimp in the Ebi-no Amami and Yoseage of Fresh Sea Urchin and Shrimp! *Foreign language menus / English
4. Aji Kandagawa
This is a tempura specialty restaurant run by Kandagawa, a famous Japanese restaurant in Kita-Shinchi. It uses the highest quality cooking oil, Menjitsuyu, under the belief that the oil is the key to deep-fried cooking, and fries carefully selected seasonal ingredients lightly with a relatively thin batter. The Tempura Course (10,000 JPY - 15,000 JPY (excl. tax)) includes 10 to 15 different types of tempura, and the special bowls with tempura are popular as well. The restaurant pays a lot of attention to the dishes and presentation so that guests enjoy "seeing, feeling, and tasting" their food. Enjoy both the dedication to quality and the tempura of this highly regarded restaurant.
5. Makino Umeda Store
This is a restaurant that serves set menus of tempura that are freshly fried at reasonable prices. When you sit down, you will be served rice, miso soup, and the tempura sauce, and the tempura will be served one by one as if you are at a high-end tempura restaurant. It is hugely popular as a casual restaurant where the tempura is served at just the right timing by chefs who are monitoring your progress from an open kitchen. You can easily enjoy tempura with sets such as the Makino Teishoku (990 JPY (excl. tax)) that include eight types of tempura. Enjoy freshly fried seasonal flavors at reasonable prices.
Please enjoy tasty tempura with the comforting sound of fresh ingredients sizzling in oil and the crunchy and hot texture.
*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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