Now the second largest city in Japan and arguably one of the best cities for food, Osaka is home not only to the local favourites of takoyaki and okonomiyaki, but also cuisines from around the world! And yup, with halal options to boot!

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So while you take in the sights of Dotonbori, Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building around the city, there’s authentic Japanese cuisine and others from countries like Pakistan, Egypt and Malaysia that are definitely worth trying. Without further ado, here’s your ultimate halal food guide to Osaka!

Japanese Cuisine
1. Matsuri

Of course when you’re in Osaka, you must not miss out on trying their world-famous takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls) and you’ll be happy to know Matsuri sells halal ones! Matsuri, meaning ‘festival’ in Japanese, serves popular Japanese dishes such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki and ramen at pocket-friendly prices!

An enticing array of dishes await you at Matsuri! Clockwise from top left – rice burger, takoyaki, seafood okonomiyaki and ramen.

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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 you dine at your own discretion. 🤗

More dishes from the menu! Clockwise from top left – sashimi bowl, seafood yakisoba, rolled omelette with green onion and sardine, Nikkoken chicken gyoza and chicken karaage.

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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!

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Samurai Ramen Umami is an 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.

Reservations: 06-6940-6633
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00 (lunch)/ 17:00 – 24:00 (dinner) daily.
Price: 280 to 880yen
Address: 3-27-17 Yoshino, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 553-0006
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2. Ramen Honolu

Do you love your ramen extra spicy?  You certainly won’t be disappointed with what Ramen Honolu has to offer! Located in Namba, we hear it is the first halal ramen restaurant ever to open in Osaka 🎉

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The restaurant serves delicious 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 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!

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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.

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.

Reservations: 06-6710-9604
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 11:30 – 14:30 (lunch)/17:00 – 21:00 (dinner)
Sunday 17:00 – 21:00 (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
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3. 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.

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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!

Be sure to try the succulent yakitori! And 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.

Reservations: Email / Call +816-6213-9988
Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00 (Last order at 23:00). Closed on Thursdays.
Price: 2100 to 3500 yen
Address: 24K Bld.2F, 1-1-11, Dotombori, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
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4. Bulls

If you’re more of a beef-lover, check out Bulls for halal shabu-shabu, steak and sukiyaki! 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 😉).

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They’ve ensured that their dipping sauces are halal and they use different kitchen ware and plates for their halal meals. They also store the meats separately!

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Good news for students – they’ve also started offering discounts if you present your student card when ordering their halal meals!

Reservations: +816-6647-0555
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 (Last order at 14:30), 17:00 – 22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
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

5. Ayam-ya Namba

Having first opened in Tokyo, Kyoto and Malaysia, this popular ramen chain opened in Namba just last year! Conveniently located near shopping spots, Ayam-ya serves up power-packed ramen with salt or soy-based broth. Try their ‘extra-rich’ broths, add in some eggs and spicy sauce, and you’re in for a truly unforgettable meal!

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Ramen’s not the only food item in their menu 😉 They also have rice bowls! Take this MSG-free chicken char-siu rice bowl for instance.

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#HHWT Tip: They have a prayer room so you can perform your prayers here before/after your meal!

Reservations: +81 50-1290-7105
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 21:30
Price: 680 to 850yen
Address: 1-10-7, Nippombashihigashi, Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 556-0006
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6. Naritaya Osaka

Also another halal ramen chain famous since its opening in Asakusa, Tokyo, Naritaya offers quality and comfort ramen – refuge for after a long day exploring the nearby shopping streets of Shinsaibashi. Although it also specializes in ramen, you must not miss out on its distinct (but equally as tasty!) flavours.

Their menu also includes fusion cuisines that will leave you wanting more as well!

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#HHWT Tip: Naritaya has bento in their menu too. Pack some if you’re not hungry yet but will be heading elsewhere!

Reservations: +81 6-6281-0133 / Reserve online here!
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00 (weekday) | 12:00 – 17:00 (Weekend)
Price: 800 to 1300yen
Address: 1-7-23, Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0083
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7. 3 te’ cafe’

Have you always wanted to try Kobe beef but couldn’t squeeze Kobe into your itinerary? No fret! This awesome cafe serves full-course meals with Kobe beef, complete with appetizers and dessert!

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The best part about 3 te’ is that they organise meet-ups with fellow Muslimahs thrice every month! This is clearly the perfect place for a pleasant and comfortable meal 🤗

Opening Hours: Lunch:11:30 – 16:00 / Dinner:18:00 – 22:00
Price: 800 to 5000yen
Address: 1 Chome-10-17 Nishishinsaibashi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0086, Japan
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International Cuisine
8. Osaka Halal Restaurant (Indian & Pakistani)

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Visiting Osaka would not be complete without a trip to the Osaka Masjid! And within the vicinity of the central mosque lies a yellow and green restaurant you’ll be able to easily spot from afar.

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Enter this dining establishment and you’ll find delicious Pakistani cuisine like pulao, briyani, gosht and a range of yummy desserts for a complete, hearty meal.

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We think the gola ganda, or shaved ice, looks especially good to cool off on a hot summer’s day!

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Do check out their special menu that changes daily, and if you dine during lunchtime on Fridays, you’ll be delighted to find a buffet of curries, naan, rice, pakora and dessert. Osaka Halal Restaurant holds a Malaysian Halal Standard certification, so you’ll be able dine with a peace of mind and eat to your heart’s content!

Reservations: +81 6-6475-9786
Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00 daily (Hours vary during Ramadan)
Price: 700 to 1900 yen
Address: 4-13-2, Owada, Nishiyodogawa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 555-0032, Japan
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9. Cafe Bintang (Javanese)

Let us head to South-East Asia next where tasty Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines await your tastebuds! Located within the shopping district of Shinsaibashi-Osaka and just a stone’s throw away from the train station, this Muslim-owned restaurant is convenient and a popular choice for lovers of traditional Indonesian cuisine. As the only place in the Minami region serving authentic Javanese food, you’ll be treated with a variety of satay dishes, and other popular Indonesian cuisine like gado-gado, soto ayam and bakso. Yum!

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You can’t go wrong with any of the tasty selections that Cafe Bintang offers, but if you’re in a pickle, settle for the classic Nasi Goreng which has gotten rave reviews from customers! With a prayer space within the restaurant, you’ll have everything you need to dine with ease. Prefer take-out instead? Bento services are available too!

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Reservations: +81 6-6241-8955
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 23:00 daily
Price: 680 to 1500 yen
Address: 1-19-19 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0083
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10. Ali’s Kitchen (Pakistani)

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At Muslim-owned Ali’s Kitchen, you are promised Arabic and Pakistani dishes prepared traditionally and using real spices! Located just 5 minutes away from Shinsaibashi station, this restaurant boasts over 25 Arabic dishes, over 30 vegetarian dishes and specials like briyani and masala. It’s the perfect place to fuel up for a day of shopping ahead!

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With friendly staff and a relaxing ambience, savour the real taste of a home-cooked meal made with 100% pure ingredients. We know you’ll be coming back for seconds!

Reservations: +81 6-4708-5745
Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00 daily
Price: 1000 to 4000 yen
Address: 1 Chome-10-12 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka 542-0085, Japan
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11. Pyramids (Egyptian)

Craving for something a little different? Let’s go for an Egyptian gastronomical experience at Pyramids! Halal-certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association, let the chef whip up traditional dishes like kebab sandwiches and roasted duck for your eating pleasure!

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With authentic home-cooked Egyptian flavours, you sure won’t want to miss out on dining in this small yet cosy restaurant.

Reservations: +81 6-6346-1224
Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-22:00 daily
Price: 550 to 12,000 yen
Address: 6-8-1 Nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 531-0071
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12. The French Blue (French-Japanese)

You bet we’ve saved the best for last! Fancy a fine-dining French-Japanese fusion experience? Well, now you can! The French Blue is the only French restaurant with a halal menu. This means that no alcohol or animal oils are used in their sauces and only halal meat is used in their dishes. With a special touch of Japanese elements infused into their food and then plated to perfection, this French-Japanese cuisine will surprise you with its unique taste and beautiful aesthetic.

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We hear that this restaurant started a halal menu because they had a Muslim staff. So, don’t hesitate to ask any of their friendly staff if you have any concerns. Do note that this establishment does serve alcoholic beverages in their premises.

Reservations: 6-6809-4608
Opening Hours: Daily except Wednesdays, 11:30-14:00, 17:30-20:30
Price: 2000 to 6000 yen
Address: Tenmabasiko-pu 1F, 2-2‐10, Shimamachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 540-0034
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Are you drooling yet? We hope you are just as impressed at the wide selection of food as we are! With these halal local and international cuisines in one charming city, finding a halal option is now made easy in Osaka. So if you’re making your way to Osaka, try out the food at one of these restaurants (or all of them!) and let us know how they fare! We’d love to hear from you! 😊

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