5 Restaurants you must visit in the Kansai area
Good restaurants are usually hard to find, especially if youâ€™re looking for some that have successfully mimicked the flavors of the west, from the gravamen to the bone itself. If youâ€™ve been on the hunt and have come up empty handed, Iâ€™m here to reassure you to â€˜look no further!â€™ In this article, Iâ€™ll share some unique finds that will provide not only exceptional food, but quality service.
Located in Akashi city, just a few minutes from the outlet mall in Kobe, this quaint Italian restaurant sits on the opposite side of the bay, across from Awaji Island. Diners may enjoy eating outdoors, while relishing in the sounds of the crashing waves on the rocks below. As a bonus, customers will be privy to behold the captivating images of the setting sun and moments later, the â€˜night lightsâ€™ as they dash from one side of the bridge to the next in a frenzy of colours. For a more intimate setting however, a candle lit dinner indoors may be had. Whatever the setting, be sure to give this restaurant a try.
2. Pizzeria e trattoria Da Masaniello
For the love of pizza and a good vibe, this restaurant (though small) never fails to deliver! With waiters and waitresses remembering you vividly the second time around, youâ€™ll quickly find yourself settling in the casual ambiance that the restaurant provides. If ever youâ€™re travelling from Nishinomiya to Takarazuka, do take the opportunity to make a stop here! Itâ€™s on the left, across from Mos Burger. You wonâ€™t regret it!
3. Shimairo CafÃ©
Want to have pancakes for lunch at one of the best pancake joints in the Kansai area? Well, check out this restaurant in Nishinomiya. These will be the best pancakes youâ€™ve ever tasted in your life! The accompanying treats are also worth your while and the staff may give you a â€˜freeâ€™ treat if you compliment them on the food youâ€™ve tried!
Amazing right? The space is a bit tight and the seats are in high demand as avid restaurant goers tend to go there in droves! Make your reservation way in advance or be sure to get there early!
So as is customary in Japan, the teachers of my school’s English department organizesÂ an official welcome dinner for the new ALT a few weeks after he/she has taken office. I was lucky enough to be treated to a healthy organic meal at an Italian Restaurant in Nishinomiya. Though the name is French, it does stay true to the Italian cuisine advertised. If youâ€™re someone who fancies eating strictly organic food in and out of the confines of your home, satisfy your taste buds with a meal at Aimable.
5. Los Incas
As a Spanish speaker, I was excited when I first learned that there were a few restaurants in Umeda offering meal options from an authentic Spanish cuisine- â€˜Mexicanâ€™. Nothing beats a spicy Mexican flavor after allâ€¦right? What’s more is that, I was able to meet and interact with other Spanish speakers there! The owner- a Peruvian native, is pretty much multilingual, extremely friendly and musically inclined. You will be able to experience the taste of Mexico while basking in the sounds an array of musical genres from South America. If you go there, tell him â€˜la jamaiquina Tamarrah le manda un saludo!â€™ (Tamarrah â€˜the Jamaicanâ€™ sends her regards).
So, which of the aforementioned restaurants has caught your attention? Be sure to try one out today!