English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 20 reviews)
“Amazing and Affordable Kaiseki in the Heart of Osaka”
Japanese kaiseki dining is the pinnacle of Japanese food. It's Japanese haute cuisine for lack of a better term. This multi-course meal has its origins from four separate cuisine influences: the imperial court, Buddhist temples, samurai warrior households and tea ceremonies. What makes Asai Togei s...o unique is that its Head Chef Togei-san combines his Okinawan heritage with the delicate art of kaiseki cooking. He sources the freshest possible Okinawan produce and incorporates it into his daily menu. Speaking of which, as a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) enthusiast, Togei-san meticulously handwrites the menus everyday; a process which takes 40 minutes. But it’s worth it. The resultant menus are gorgeous to look at with stunning, inky black brushstrokes against crisp white scrolls. Can’t read kanji? That’s no problem as they have English-speaking staff armed with pictures on their iPad to walk you through the menu. The other thing that sets Asai Togei apart from other kaiseki restaurants is its slightly more casual approach. Perhaps it’s that laid-back Okinawan mindset. They also offer meals at a more reasonable price than some of the kaiseki restaurants of Tokyo or Kyoto. They offer lunch (rare for a kaiseki restaurant) starting from 3780 yen. All of this makes the dining experience ever the more accessible and less intimidating for kaiseki newbies like myself. I got the 8-course meal, worth 5400 yen (inc. tax). I'm not a seafood fan but I found the sashimi (including raw squid and sea urchin) all very edible for someone who doesn't like seafood. Each dish came exquisitely presented. All the flavours were delicate and worked harmoniously with one another. If you are looking for traditional Japanese food at an affordable price in Osaka, Asai Togei should be at the top of your list.
Visited July 2018
“The ultimate japanese dining experience”
This was the gastronomic highlight of our honeymoon! My wife and I are vegetarian and the staff did their utmost to cater to our needs and gave us an amazing experience. The service was excellent and they couldn't do enough for us, excellent English and very attentive. I can't recommend them highly ...enough.
Visited September 2018
“Unpretentious Okinawan Style Kaiseki”
Asai Togei is a an Okinawan inspired Kaiseki establishment without all the frills of a Typical Kaiseki style dining that can easily burn a hole through your wallet. Instead its focus is quality first foremost thanks to its dedicated and passionate owner, Kousei Togei. Unpretentious from the outside..., hidden behind some white curtains, it's easily missed but once you step instead you are invited to the home and heart of Mr. Togei. Hailing from the small Okinawan island of Yonaguni, Mr. Togei greets his customers and will go through the menu and explain as much as he can with the support the his English speaking staff member. He is meticulous with every aspect of his food and a trending theme with his dishes is that whatever you consume it will more than likely have been sourced from Yonaguni, his hometown. A detail that I loved and reminded me of the art and craft of Mr. Togei with every passing dish that I ate. To start, they served a refreshing traditional herbal tea grown in the island of Okinawa and Kyushu. The family also grows it in Mr. Togei's hometown of Yonaguni. A mix of green tea, lemongrass and turmeric, it was well needed in the heat that day. Although I could rave about every dish I tried in the course, I'll stick to the highlights. The potato with seabream white fish. YES. The light dashi broth floated across my tongue while the potato - oh my, the potato - was a dumpling-like delight perfectly-seasoned enough to be the Bonnie to the seabream's hearty Clyde. The highlights of the main course consisted of Yonaguni raised beef dressed in a peanut sauce that was delicious enough to be gulped up on its own. The sashimi selection served up jack fish, and the creamiest squid so fresh, it might as well have jumped out of the tank and straight to my plate. The pure wasabi paired with the sashimi was a treat as it was far less potent potent in its unadultered form. Even the decorations were edible! The course wrapped up with a refreshing summer noodle. As for dessert, I'm not really a big fan of warabi mochi, a mochi that has been transformed into a Jell-O consistency of ending jiggle. With that said, the warabi mochi offered up was something I would possibly skip the entire main course just to eat! A lighter version of what I've had in the past, it was dusted with kinako powder and Okinawan brown rice syrup zigzagged across it to make for a tantalizingly sweet experience. The courses start at a more than reasonable 3,700 yen for lunch whereas traditional Kaisekis start anywhere from 15,000yen to 40,000 a person so this is more than steal and quite frankly the quality and care into each dish far exceeded any other kaiseki I've ever been to. Thank you Mr. Togi for your hospitality and if you've even stumbled upon this review, don't waste any time and just go.
Visited July 2018
“Accidental find - love this place!”
Excellent service with impeccable service. We are out looking for another restaurant, could not find it and decided to check out Asai Togei. The food was amazing. The service impeccable as the owner chef assigned a fluent English speaker to explain all about their serving to us. The other serving S...taff were attentive too, replenishing our tea with asking and super hospitable. We will definitely recommend Asai Togei to our friends and revisit when we are in Osaka next time.
Visited May 2018
“Incredible food, worth every penny!”
Asai Togei in Shinsaibashi = Seriously amazing! The food here is an Okinawan (or more accurately, Yonaguni Island) influenced Osakan kaiseki (Japanese haute-cuisine). It is, look at your wife after every first bite of a dish and say, “Holy crap, that’s awesome!” level good. The hospitality was abo...ve and beyond. My daughter was sleeping in her stroller when we arrived and one of the staff members carried her IN THE STROLLER! up two flights of stairs without waking her. The head chef and owner Kousei Togei made time to come upstairs to speak with us after our meal. He was so friendly and answered all of our questions about the dishes. He said that their approach to Kaiseki is to offer the best quality food possible, without all of the frills (gold leaf everything, kimonos on all the staff, etc.) allowing them to keep the prices down (read: value for your money), but the food quality as good as kaiseki restaurants that you might find in Kyoto or Tokyo. They are open for lunch and dinner with multiple different courses available at different price points, including one that focuses on Donan wagyu, a brand of wagyu from Chef Togei’s hometown in Yonaguni Island. Lunch courses start at ¥3500 and dinner courses start at around ¥8000. While more expensive than your average okonomiyaki or sushi dinner, the price is well worth it for the chance to eat and experience some of the most amazing food Japan has to offer. They have an English menu available and some English speaking staff that can help explain all the dishes and answer any questions that you may have. If you want to treat yourself to an incredible culinary experience while you’re in Osaka, this would be the place to do it.
Visited March 2018