Head over to the west side of Shinsaibashi in the Minami district and you’ll find Aochi, a creative kappo restaurant run by a husband-and-wife team. They serve gorgeously fresh, intriguing dishes based on what’s in season. Bring a Japanese speaker if you can, or use translation apps to communicate.
Aochi - image © Florentyna Leow
Kappo restaurants are a must-try kind of place in Osaka. It’s a highly seasonal style of cooking where chefs whip up dishes right in front of you using what’s in season. Less formal than kaiseki - which usually has a fixed number of dishes on the menu - there’s a great deal more flexibility involved in kappo-style dining. A great place to check this out in Osaka is Aochi, a little restaurant run by a husband-and-wife team in the Shinsaibashi area.
Here, they take fresh, seasonal ingredients and turn them into ultra-flavourful dishes. The menu is always in flux, but imagine fresh sashimi plates like Tokushima abalone or seared skipjack bonito; simmered aubergine and ginger flower; salt-grilled asparagus; bran-pickled water aubergine; soy-glazed grilled wagyu beef; even miso-marinated cheese to help the drinks go down a treat.
Naturally, they have a fantastic selection of sake to go with all these umami bombs. They source sake from all over the country from Aomori to Miyazaki. Non-sake drinkers can opt for draft beer, wine (red or white), plum wine, and more.
Not much English is spoken here, so it’s best to bring a Japanese speaker if you can. Alternatively, you could try getting creative with some translation apps. Whatever you do, though, you’ll probably have a great time and a delicious dinner.
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1-30-6 Shin-machi, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, 550-0013
Subway: 3-minute walk from exit 2 of Nishiohashi Station on the Osaka Metro Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line.
Official website (Japanese)
:: Read customer reviews of Aochi on TripAdvisor.
Best Osaka Restaurants
See our list of the best Osaka restaurants for even more ideas about great places to eat in Osaka.
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