What Is Kappo
Osaka is known as the "Kitchen of Japan" for its amazing food culture. It takes pride in its kappo cuisine. The word litrally means cutting and cooking, and is associated with delicately prepared small dishes by highly skilled, expertly-trained chefs. Kappo dining involves an open kitchen usually surrounded by a counter, so customers can see the chefs preparing their dishes! Interacting with the chefs while they are preparing the course is part of the experience.
Kigawa is one of the oldest and most reputable kappo shops in the city of Osaka. You will get a very authentic kappo experience here in this artistically decorated shop hidden in a back alley in downtown Osaka. It is located at approximately a 5 minute walk from the Namba Station.
Master chef Osamu Ueno prepares dishes using the traditional Osakan cutting and cooking techniques while incorporating some elements of Western food culture. You may find accents of basil vinegared miso and herb dressing in your dishes for exemple. Every bite is an interesting discovery.
Every ingredient is careful selected and prepared. Kigawa uses only the best in-season ingredients. Among the dishes are fish, both cooked and sashimi, and freshly harvested local vegetables originally prepared.
As such, the menu changes every day. It may be a good idea to ask for recommendations from the chef or simply choose to do "omakase" (the chef's selection). Some of the staff here speak English and English menus are also availble.
Above is an exemple of what you might be served during an "omakase" course. The dishes are served one at a time, nicely paced.
For a lunch course at Kigawa, expect to pay approximately 8,000 yen and 15,000 yen for a dinner course. Prices do vary quite a lot. It is possible to have a nice meal for 5,500 yen for lunch for example. A very reasonable price for a Michelin-starred restaurant!
You do not need a reservation to come here but making one is better considering the popularity of the restaurant. English is understood so do not hesitate to call. Private dining rooms are available for 6-8 people, but we recommend you take a counter seat so that you can see the chefs in action!
1-7-7 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Kigawa is definitely an experience you will remember! If you'd like to try some other restaurants of highly refined Japanese cuisine, try some of Osaka's kaiseki! See link below.