Looking for halal food in Osaka like Takoyaki or Okonomiyaki? If these are your favourite street snacks from your local night markets, then you should know that they originate from Osaka! Branded as the ‘nation’s kitchen’ due to its key role in the rice trade during the Edo period, it joins Tokyo and Kyoto as one of the top three culinary centres of Japan! So, we are truly stoked to announce that there is now an exciting variety of Muslim-friendly Japanese restaurants here. Let’s check them out and join us on a halal gastronomical adventure in Osaka!
#HHWT Tip: It’s only a 45-minute train ride to travel from Osaka to Kyoto so we highly recommend a trip there! Plus, we have a handy food guide to halal Japanese food in Kyoto and lots of travel guides for you!
Embark on your halal food hunt right away as soon as you step off the plane at Kansai International Airport (KIX). Home to not one, not two, but THREE halal-certified restaurants serving authentic Japanese food, it also houses 15 other restaurants with pork-free and alcohol free menus (though not strictly halal)! We’ll start off with the first halal-certified restaurant here – Sojibo!
Sojibo by Gourmet Kineya is halal-accredited by the Malaysian Halal Consultancy & Training Agency (MHCT). It dishes up a variety of quality hand-made thin buckwheat noodles (soba) that can be ordered either cold on a bamboo tray with a dipping sauce, or in a hot broth.
You can take your pick of accompaniments to go along with your soba, such as hot grated karami daikon, grated yam, wild vegetables, egg, shrimp tempura or duck and leek, amongst others. For the big-eaters, we recommend the set that comes with an additional bowl of rice topped with either shrimp tempura or chicken cutlet!
What’s fun here is that you get to grind your own wasabi stick, for that extra bit of freshness!
#HHWT tip: If you can’t finish the wasabi stick (we don’t think we can either!), the restaurant provides small plastic bags for you to bring it back. Great souvenir idea! 😝
Soba noodles are known for their health benefits. Naturally low in calories and fat, they also contain high polyphenol levels to prevent heart disease, rutin which fights against free radicals and fibre to boost the digestive system! Sooooo….pile up on the soba, we say!
For Reservations: 072-456-6519
Opening Hours: Daily 7am-10pm
Price: 320 to 1580 yen
Address: Kansai International Airport Terminal Building 3F, 1-Naka, Senshu-kuko, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
2. Yuigetuan Sojibou
If you plan to head down to LaLaport EXPOCITY in Osaka for some serious shopping, make a pit-stop at the halal-certified Yuigetuan Sojibou by Gourmet Kineya! It offers a similar menu as its sister restaurant, Sojibo at KIX, and has halal accreditation from the MHTC!
For Reservations: 06-4864-8315
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Price: 700 to 1180 yen
Address: EXPO KITCHEN 2F, Senri Bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-0826
Now heading back to KIX, we’d like to acquaint you to yet another soba restaurant that is halal-certified by the MHCT. Oragasoba is the second soba restaurant at the airport by Gourmet Kineya so you know the folks behind the company has a strong commitment towards halal Japanese dining! We just think it’s a swell idea as we can easily hop by there if it gets too crowded at the other halal soba restaurant at T1!
The restaurant serves halal curry dishes too – yay!
Note: Alcoholic drinks are sold here so we suggest dine at your own discretion.
For Reservations: 072-456-6046
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Price: 194 to 960 yen
Address: Aeroplaza 3F, Kansai International Airport, Senshukuko Kita1, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 549-0001
4. The U-Don
Up next on our halal oodles-of-noodles feast at KIX is The U-Don! The U-Don features Sanuki udon, a form of thick wheat flour noodle from the Shikoku region easily identified by its square shape and flat edges.
It’s a self-service concept here at The U-Don. First, pick up a tray and choose the type of udon dish you’d like. The udon dishes range from hot options such as warm udon in shoyu broth, to the more summer-apt dish, zaru (chilled) udon. Next, move on to the food-warmer section where you can have your choice of add-ons such as fishballs, boiled turnip and an assortment of tempura.
Feeling ravenous? Load up your tray with more food from the next selection consisting of other nibbles such as inari (rice-stuffed fried tofu) and nigiri (rice balls). Lastly, bring your food-laden tray to the cashier who will total up your bill. Easy-peasy! Oh by the way, you also get to enjoy free-flow of hot or cold matcha green tea!
For Reservations: +81-72-456-6515
Opening Hours: Daily 7am-10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Price: 450 to 760 yen
Address: Inside the Kuukou Minami Noren, Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 2F, 1 Senshukukoukita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka-fu 549-0001
5. Ganko Osaka Houzenji
Keen to treat yourself to some washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine)? Look no further than the Ganko Osaka Houzenji! Certified halal by the Kyoto Halal Council, Ganko Osaka Houzenji is part of a chain of restaurants that serves traditional Kyoto dishes. What’s more is that it’s conveniently located in the vibrant Namba area and boasts of 380 seats in both large and small private dining rooms!
Diners here can enjoy a variety of dining experiences such as a sushi bar or washoku- and kaiseki-dining in a cosy traditional Japanese setting, complete with female Japanese servers dressed in kimonos!
Credit: Marhamah Sapandi
The halal menu at Ganku Osaka Houzenji consists of three halal bento sets ranging from 3564 yen to 8316 yen. Each set comes with its own hot-pot of either tofu, sea bream or beef.
Credit: Marhamah Sapandi
Credit: Marhamah Sapandi
Even though alcohol and non-halal food are served here, the restaurant takes immense care in upholding its halal status. It has a dedicated halal kitchen and employs cooking tools exclusively for its halal menu. It refrigerates halal food separately from the non-halal food and has trucks to transport only halal food! To further reassure its Muslim diners, the restaurant also provides disposable yet sturdy tableware and glasses to its customers.
Note: You need to make reservations from the halal menu at least three days in advance!
For Reservations: +81-(0)6-6212-6550
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-11pm. Sat, Sun and Public Hols 11.30am – 11pm
Price: 3564 to 8316 yen
Address: 1-2-2, Namba, Tyu-ouku Osaka-shi, Osaka
6. Minokichi Shinsaibashi
Ever marvelled at the meticulousness and artistry that goes into kaiseki cuisine? Then you should really try out halal kaiseki dining at Minokichi Shinsaibashi!
Minokichi Shinsaibashi is part of the Minokichi chain of restaurants which specialises in kyo-kaiseki, or Kyoto traditional cuisine, in a multi-course format that fascinates both the palate and the eyes.
Founded centuries ago in 1716, Minokichi started out as a vegetarian restaurant which served no pork. Today, the restaurant still does not use pork for its dishes and also offers a Muslim-friendly menu approved by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs. In addition, the food and condiments from the menu is also free from any alcohol or mirin (sweet sake).
The restaurant also serves a more pocket-friendly halal lunch set which is no less delicious and aesthetically pleasing.
The special meals above are only available for Muslim customers through prior reservation and cancellations will be accepted free of charge up to 2 days in advance!
#HHWT tip: Besides the branch at Shinsaibashi, the same halal menu is also available at its Kyoto, Tokyo and Yokohama restaurants.
For Reservations: +81-6-6245-6789
Mon-Fri 11am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm)/5pm – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Saturday 11am – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Sundays & Holidays 11am – 9pm (last order 8pm)
Price: 2700 to 9257 yen
Address: Osaka Toyota Building B1, 4-3-11, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0081
If you feel like indulging yourself in formal Japanese dining, make your way to the swanky Hotel Granvia Osaka for some exquisite, Muslim-friendly meals at Ukihashi!
Here, you can delight in authentic Japanese cuisine using seasonal ingredients presented in a visually stunning manner that is guaranteed to delight the senses! The restaurant has private dining rooms and an impressive panoramic view to make that dining experience extra memorable.
At Ukihashi, its pork-free and alcohol-free Muslim-friendly menu consists of a bento box for lunch or a traditional Japanese course for dinner. Only halal-certified chicken and beef is used in the menu, while soy sauce and other seasonings do not contain alcohol.
Even though other non-halal dishes are prepared in the same kitchen, the restaurant assures that cookware and kitchen utensils used for cooking Muslim-friendly food are separate from those used for non-halal food. However, dining plates and cutlery are the same as those used for the other menu items, while alcoholic beverages are also served to other customers, so we suggest to dine at your own discretion.
Do note that you need to make reservations from the Muslim-friendly menu at least four days in advance.
#HHWT tip: If you plan to stay at Hotel Granvia Osaka, prayer mats and qibla indicators are available upon request.
For Reservations: 81-6-6344-1235 (hotel main line)
Breakfast: 7am – 10am (last order 9.30am)
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm (last order 2pm)
Sat, Sun & Public Hols 11am – 3.30pm (last order 3pm)
Dinner: Tues – Sat & Public Hols 5pm-10pm (last order 8.30pm)
Sun-Mon 5pm-10pm (last order 8.30pm) *reservation 2 days in advanced only
Price: Lunch Course 3500 yen, Dinner Course 8350 yen
Address: 3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001
*Special mention! Fleuve, located at the same hotel, is a fine-dining restaurant specialising in French fusion cuisine which also offers a Muslim-friendly menu. Do check them out if you’re interested!
If you feel like dining like royalty in an opulent, feudal-like atmosphere, then hurry on down to Uemachi at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka! Here, soak yourself in the grandeur of the Muromachi and Momoyama periods in a mansion-like setting while feasting on halal bento sets!
Uemachi takes pride in serving exquisite traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes using only the freshest in-season ingredients. Imbued with the spirit of omotenashi (world-renowned Japanese hospitality), you can expect impeccable service while indulging in bento meals that are fully halal-certified by The Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs.
Do note that the halal dishes are cooked in a separate halal kitchen, and that you need to make bookings at least three days in advance as the meals are limited to 20 sets per day.
#HHWT tip: If you are staying at Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka, you can request for prayer mats and a qibla compass. The hotel also has another restaurant ‘eu’ that serves halal breakfast buffet!
For Reservations: +81-6-6773-1253
Breakfast: 7am – 10am
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9.30pm
Price: Lunch 3000 yen, Dinner 5500 yen
Address: 6-1-55, Uehommachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
What’s a trip to Japan without savouring to-die-for, melt-in-the-mouth halal Japanese wagyu beef? Genji, a yakiniku or ‘grilled meat’ restaurant at Hilton Osaka hotel, now offers these buttery slabs of heaven that are halal! The wagyu beef served here is supplied by ‘USHI’ – a Japanese beef brand which complies with the Islamic way of slaughtering, and halal-certified by the Japan Islamic Trust!
Furthermore, the restaurant exclusively uses high-grade A3-ranked wagyu beef from Hokkaido so you can be assured of some intense marbling! The wagyu beef is presented in a course menu consisting of other dishes such as grilled vegetables, soup, rice and dessert. You can also make special orders for sushi, kaiseki and tempura from a Muslim-friendly menu.
Reservations can be made in advance by phone or through their online website but since it’s only in Japanese, you can find a detailed guide on how to make your bookings here!
#HHWT tip: Hilton Osaka Hotel is a Muslim-friendly hotel in Japan – the Quran, prayer rugs and qibla compass are available upon request!
For Reservations: +81-6-6347-0310
Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: Mon-Fri 5.30pm – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Sat, Sun & Public hol 5pm – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Price: Lunch Course 7000 yen (inclusive of taxes), Dinner Course 15000 yen (inclusive of taxes)
Address: 1-8-8, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka
10. Ramen Honolu
Hands up for those who love their ramen extra spicy? You certainly won’t be disappointed with what Ramen Honolu has to offer! Conveniently located in Namba, we hear it is the first halal ramen restaurant ever to open in Osaka!
Credit: Ramen Honolu
The restaurant serves delish ramen noodles swimming in either salted or soy-based chicken broth. The thick, cloudy broth is made by boiling halal chicken for all of eight hours so believe us when we say that that the soup is simply…umami perfection! The best part is that you can also choose your spice rating, ranging from mild to spicy to extra spicy, so for chilli-lovers out there, rejoice!
Credit: Ramen Honolu
It’s customary to pour whatever leftover soup into a bowl of rice so you can enjoy every last drop of that tasty broth. *winks*
If the ramen and rice alone don’t fill you up, you can order dishes from the side menu such as the famous halal-certified Nikkoken chicken gyoza, and halal roast chicken with rice.
Credit: Ramen Honolu
Note: Even though the restaurant is not halal-certified, all ingredients used are halal. Alcoholic beverages are also served, so we suggest to dine at your own discretion.
#HHWT tip: A prayer space is available at the restaurant for Muslim visitors.
For Reservations: 06-6710-9604
Mon-Sat 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch)/5pm – 9pm (dinner)
Sunday 5pm – 9pm (dinner).
Closed during Golden Week, Bon holiday and New Year’s holiday.
Price: 380 to 880 yen
Address: 1F, 2-5-27 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 556-0016
11. Tsuki no Odori
Rejoice if you’re a chicken lover! Tsuki no Odori, which is known for their chicken dishes has now started serving their halal menu every day. They’ve taken great care to ensure that the halal dishes served meets their standards and diners expectations.
Their miso hot pot and chicken salt hot pot are made for sharing with a minimum of 2 people so this is the perfect place to slurp down some hot soup with your travel buddies!
Don’t forget to have the salted caramel ice cream for dessert 😋
Note: It’s best to make a reservation before visiting especially if you’re going in a group of 4 or more, as although they do have halal meals on hand, the number of servings is limited.
For Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org / Call +816-6213-9988
Opening Hours: 4:00pm – 12:00am (Last order at 11:00pm). Closed on Thursdays
Price: 2100 to 3500 yen
Address: 24K Bld.2F, 1-1-11, Dotombori, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
If you’re more of a meat eater instead, check out Bulls for halal shabu-shabu, steak and sukiyaki! If you’re starving, they serve all-you-can-eat sukiyaki and shabu-shabu for dinner (you’ll have 90 minutes to gobble down all the meat you can 😉).
They use different kitchen ware and plates for their halal meals, and store the meats separately. Good news for students – they’ve also started offering discounts if you present your student card when ordering their halal meals!
For Reservations: +816-6647-0555
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (Last order at 2:30pm), 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Last order at 9:30pm)
Lunch – 1500 yen (Sukiyaki lunch set)
Dinner – 5000 yen (all-you-can-eat sukiyaki and shabu-shabu), 3500 yen (sukiyaki and shabu-shabu set for one), 3500 yen (steak set for one)
Address: OCAT Mall 5F, 1-4-1, Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
And finally, to round off the list, let’s take you to the first restaurant ever to serve halal takoyaki in Japan – the newly opened Matsuri! Matsuri, meaning ‘festival’ in Japanese, serves popular Japanese dishes such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki and ramen at pocket-friendly prices!
Do note even though the restaurant is not yet halal-certified, utmost care has been taken to ensure that all ingredients that go into the dishes are halal. However, alcoholic beverages are served at the restaurant, so we suggest to dine at your own discretion.
Round off your meal with local desserts such as takoyaki pancake or oshiruko (red bean soup)!
What sets this restaurant apart is that it doesn’t used any pre-chilled or pre-cooked items, so say hello to fresh and delicious food! They also have a mini-retail corner where you can shop for Muslim-friendly foodstuffs such as condiments and instant ramen!
Samurai Ramen Umami – instant ramen sold at the restaurant. Although not halal-certified, it does not contain any animal products or alcohol.
#HHWT tip: A prayer space is available at the restaurant for Muslim visitors.
For Reservations: 06-6940-6633
Opening Hours: Daily. 11am – 2pm (lunch)/5pm – 12 pm (dinner)
Price: 280 to 880yen
Address: 3-27-17 Yoshino, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 553-0006
Aren’t you impressed by the Muslim-friendly Japanese food options we now have in Osaka? So what are you waiting for? Book that next flight to Osaka, pronto!
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