“You will be treated to a harmonic gastronomic meditation that will appeal to practically all of your senses,” to put it another way, this will be one of the most unforgettable dinners you will ever have to eat. why? Allow me to provide some examples:
• (1) the tranquil setting of a traditional tatami mat room (complete with an upholstered seat and space for legs below the table that is just above the floor level, for those of us who are less flexible or have longer legs) in a traditional house incongruously located next to a freeway in an otherwise quiet mid-north Osaka neighborhood.
(2) the courteous and friendly greeting upon arrival – and, depending on how busy they are, it may even be from grand chef hideaki Matsuo and/or his wife proprietress katsuko Matsuo, depending on how busy they are.
We were there for four hours, and the service was unobtrusive, professional, and yet empathic during our whole stay at Kashiwaya.
The “harmonious culinary meditation” suitable of a restaurant with those coveted three Michelin stars, of course…each of the 12 meals so elegantly planned for the sight, so meticulously prepared for the aroma, flavor and texture.
During our supper, we were lucky enough to have visits from the head chef and the proprietress of the establishment. Throughout the meal, they graciously shared the background stories that went into selecting the foods and pairings, preparing them, and presenting them – as well as their connections to themes ranging from historical customs to the season and even the day’s weather.
More information about the back stories and a little bit about the head chef’s relationship with food when he’s not at the restaurant can be found in the TripAdvisor article I wrote following a visit a year ago, so I won’t go into that detail here (such as his favorite food and what he does if he’s invited out for a meal that isn’t as good as it could have been).
In the picture montages of our lunch that I’ve attached, I’ve included the menu that we liked – “Aotsuyu – rain dripping amid leaves,” which was appropriate given that it was softly raining that day.
This was just my second time dining at a three-Michelin-star establishment (the other was in paris). Nonetheless, it was a memorable event in every meaning of the phrase.
Cuisine Type: Japanese
Address: 2-5-18 Senriyamanishi, Suita, Osaka, 565-0851, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6386-2234
Website: Kashiwaya Official Site
Hours: Closed: Sunday
Michelin Stars: 3