Tempura is one of the pillars of Japanese cuisine, although the technique was actually introduced to the country by Dutch traders in the 16th century. Despite the fact that deep frying has its roots in Europe, the Japanese are the ones who really perfected the art.
For a showcase of the best Japanese tempura has to offer, Shunsaiten Tsuchiya is one of Osaka’s top places to go. Located in a suburban area in outer Osaka, this Michelin-ranked restaurant has 9 counter seats and private tatami rooms available. The chef here had perfected the art of perfectly cutting and scoring his ingredients before frying, ensuring top texture and flavor.
His omakase set-course menu has a similar format to traditional kaiseki dining, with a heavy emphasis on seasonal ingredients. First, you’ll be treated to some non-tempura dishes such as sashimi and bamboo shoots, followed by a series of tempura pieces including crab, wagyu with mustard, clams with ginger and dashi, and favorites such as huge tiger prawns.
A series of light desserts, and wine and sake pairing throughout, make this one of the best access points to high-class Japanese dining in Osaka, with a price tag that won’t break the bank.
Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
41-4 Toyotsucho, Suita, Osaka 564-0051, Japan
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