Sometimes a destination can hold a plethora of delights for visitors, including museums, gardens, parks, and palaces. Other times, the best way to delve into a country is by picking up your fork and knife — or your chopsticks — and digging in. Here are some of our favorite picks for tasty clean food in Osaka.
Dine on Top of the City
The InterContinental Osaka near Osaka Station offers many dining locations, but the 3-60 restaurant boasts views that are hard to beat. The restaurant is situated on the 20th floor, and any table near a window offers a view that makes taking the stairs worth it! Don’t worry, though. There are elevators.
In the winter, guests love the champagne tea time for its rich treats, but those looking for a cleaner meal should head to Pierre restaurant instead. Also located in the InterContinental, this Michelin-starred restaurant brings together French and Japanese cuisines in a way you’re sure to remember.
Ramen Eaters, Get Ready!
Vegewa does fresh food like no one else. Try the spicy Szechuan noodles, which have a sauce you can’t find elsewhere in Osaka. The miso boasts over 10 different bean varieties for a great depth of flavor to balance out the fiery heat.
It’s not all soups though. The menu at Vegewa includes sushi made with carrot, tofu, and burdock instead of fish. Brave and hungry diners can finish their meals with a bowl of dessert pudding, a gelatinous rice stew with red bean and simple syrup. Have it with a piping hot cup of tea and steam yourself back to start. It’s the perfect pick-me-up to ward off post-lunch drowsiness.
Save Money, the Environment, and Room for Dessert!
Green Earth Restaurant offers a set lunch menu every day for only 750 yen, and the varied menu makes this a great place for groups. Like pizza? Enjoy the hearty Original Pizza with soy sausage, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. There’s a wide choice of curries, salads, and even sandwiches too.
The owner is often available to talk with guests. Don’t worry about your Japanese skills, since most of the staff speaks English. On your way out, be sure to grab one of the freshly baked cookies. The chai cookie is a local favorite, and it’s easy to see why.
Pickup at Prana
If you like cozy spaces, this is for you. Prana is a small restaurant with no English menu, so be prepared to point out what you’d like or just be adventurous. The food is macrobiotic, made with love, and always fresh.
Prana’s website is in Japanese, but you will find the restaurant at Nishi-Ku, Kitahorie Jiang 1-17-1. It’s open every day except Tuesday. When you leave, be sure to take home a coconut muffin. You’ll be glad you did.
Sometimes the best souvenirs are memories. That’s definitely the case for a delicious meal had while overlooking a bustling city like Osaka or for a quiet cookie shared on a park bench. With all these delicious dining options in Osaka, you’ll be sure to arrive home with fond memories and the desire to return soon!