This article is a must-read for those who want to eat delicious food in Osaka, but do not know where to find restaurants serving Halal food! Below are five restaurants in Osaka offering partially or completely Halal-certified menus.
1. Mezze - Horie
Mezze is a Halal-certified restaurant run by its Turkish owner and chef, who used to work at a 5-star hotel. This restaurant serves authentic Turkish food and dishes from the Mediterranean region. Here, everything can be made Halal, except for the hamburger with demi-glace sauce and beef skirt steak in the lunch menu. It offers a wide variety of dishes, including the Lamb Shish Kebab (1,650 JPY (excl. tax)), the Turkish Cheese Fondue (prices start at 1,980 JPY (excl. tax) for two people), the Turkish Ravioli with Yogurt Sauce (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)), the Paella (2,100 JPY (excl. tax) for two people), and Tagine hot pot. There is even a belly dance show every Friday!
2. Aarti Abeno Lucias Branch
Aarti is a popular restaurant for authentic Indian cuisine in Kobe. Everything it serves can be made Halal. Recommended here are the Chicken Curry (970 JPY (incl. tax)), which has a spicy aroma and delicious chicken flavor created from chicken marinated in a thick roux made completely from vegetables, and the Mutton Biryani (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)) that is made by cooking basmati rice, spices, nuts, dried fruits, and Halal mutton together in a pot. You can also order set meals (dinner sets are priced from 920 JPY (incl. tax)) that come with curry, naan, salad, and other dishes. English menus are available. There are staff who can speak English.
3. istanbul NazaR Kita-shinchi Branch
istanbul NazaR is a Turkish restaurant that offers a menu where all of the dishes are Halal. Kebabs are the bestsellers and they have a variety available for you to choose from, including the Iskender Kebab (1,800 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with yogurt on the side and the Doner Kebab (1,620 JPY (incl. tax)) in which meat pieces are stacked on a skewer, grilled, and sliced while the rotisserie is turning. Another recommended dish is the Karisik Dolma (1,620 JPY (incl. tax)) that is served with grape leaves stuffed with spicy pilaf, shiitake (mushrooms) stuffed with cheese, and mussels. Apart from those, they have an extensive menu that changes monthly. If you eat here, you will be able to enjoy the authentic taste of Turkish cuisine. English menus are available. There are staff who can speak English and Turkish.
4. Minokichi Shinsaibashi Midosuji Branch
Minokichi is a well-established restaurant for Kyoto dishes and Kyo-kaiseki (traditional Kyoto course meal) that has been running for 300 years. It may be located at the heart of Osaka, but inside its restaurant, you will feel a subdued atmosphere that will make you think you are in Kyoto. Here, you can enjoy various kinds of dishes that display the culinary skills of its expert chefs. You can make lunch and kaiseki Halal if you book them at least four days before you visit. Their Halal Beef Sukiyaki Kaiseki (9,180 JPY (incl. tax)) comes with dishes like beef sukiyaki (thin slices of beef cooked in a pot of sugar, soy sauce, and soup), shrimp and vegetable tempura, and salmon grilled with salt. English menus are available.
5. Osaka Halal Restaurant
Osaka Halal Restaurant is located east of Osaka Masjid, so it is a spot that you can easily drop by when you visit to worship. Here, you can taste authentic Pakistani dishes at reasonable prices. The owner and chefs of this restaurant are also Muslims, and everything on the menu is Halal-certified. This restaurant has obtained Malaysian Halal Certification, which is difficult to get and strict, so you can dine here without any worries. They offer buffets every Friday, except during Ramadan. Its menu offers curry dishes, biryani, naan, desserts, and other delights. Take-out is possible. Prepare at least 2,000 JPY to dine here.
Please refer to this article when you go sightseeing in Osaka. ※Note that depending on the restaurant, there are places where non-Halal dishes are cooked in the same kitchen where Halal dishes are cooked. Some restaurants may also sell alcohol within its premises.
*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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