The Kyobashi district in Osaka, Japan has a rich history and today it is a busy commercial district well connected to the rest of the city by several major railway and subway lines. Located near the historical Osaka Castle, Kyobashi is home to a surprising number of small restaurants and izakayas, or Japanese taverns, serving a wide variety of foods that showcase modern and traditional Japanese culinary culture. Here are our favorites.
One of the best shabu shabu restaurants in Kyobashi, Zehi is a small, intimate shop that gives an authentic experience of the Japanese hotpot style cuisine. Fresh meats and vegetables are put in a pot of boiling broth to cook, but the Japanese shabu shabu is renowned for its beef. Both the beef and pork served at Zehi are thinly sliced with little additional seasoning used, in order to bring out the savoury freshness of the meat. Washed down with Japanese beer, this makes an enjoyable and authentic Japanese experience, best shared with a group of friends or family.
Address: 2-7-26 Katamachi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, +81 6-6358-8557
Orion, located at a mall next to the Kyobashi JR station, serves Western food and specializes in cheese fondue. But the familiar dishes are flavoured with a Japanese twist, the sauces used in their dishes are lighter and less seasoned than those used in most Western restaurants. Their signature cheese fondue, however, uses a rich sauce that is sure to satisfy your cravings for cheese. Their fondue set includes an assortment of meat or seafood along with bread, making the meal an indulgent feast.
Address: 2-6-1 Higashinodamachi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, 81-6-6356-5063