While in Osaka, you might want to try the best of what the city has to offer in terms of cuisine. Hajime is currently ranked 34 out of the top 50 restaurants in Asia! If you would like to splurge for an unforgettable gastronomical experience, make sure to make a reservation to try Hajime!
Hajime is a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Osaka, which is ranked as the 34th best restaurant in Asia by 'The World's 50 Best'! It serves incredibly beautiful and intricate dishes that explore themes of nature and the meaning of life (deep, huh?). You will be blown away by the artistry required for the making of each plate.
The Chef, Hajime Yoneda, started his career as an electronics engineer, but left everything behind to follow his true passion for food, studying French cuisine in France before started his own restaurant in Osaka. The theme of this restaurant is nature and can be observed in the dishes.
The standard tasting menu at Hajime is 45,360 yen. There is also a short tasting menu for those who are in a hurry which is 30,240 yen. However, the short menu doesn't include Hajime's signature dish, 'Chikyu,' which is definitely recommended.
There is also the option of wine pairing to accompany the meal that is between 14,580-27,000 yen (depending on the number of wine glasses you would like).
Through his dishes, you can experience Hajime's creations, which embody nature and earth.
The restaurant's signature dish is called 'Chikyu,' which means 'planet Earth' and is made with 110 different types of vegetables, grains, and herbs! It is simply breathtaking!
It might be relevant to point out that Chef Yoneda is also a painter. When looking at his dishes, it is easy to see that they are more than just culinary creations, but also artistic creations. Perhaps both are not so different after all?
This dish features an oyster in yogurt and cucumber sauce paired with a blue mussel next to sea urchin under the foam in the glass to the right. The dish is beautiful to look at and really gives you the feeling of being at a rocky Japanese coast.
While in Osaka, you might want to try the best of what the city has to offer in terms of cuisine. Hajime is quite expensive, but is likely to be one of the most interesting meals you ever try in Japan! If you would like to splurge for an unforgettable gastronomical experience, make sure to make a reservation to try Hajime!