Miso Lovers Shouldn’t Miss Out on These Restaurants in Japan
Each bowl is filled with ingredients that will satisfy your cravings.
Miso is a healthy seasoning made from soy that’s packed with amino acids and vitamins. This ingredient has been gaining so much popularity around Japan that even a miso soup take-out specialty store has opened in Higobashi. Curious to know where else you can get your miso fix? In this article, we list down four places that serve delicious and flavorful miso in Japan.
Kamakura Omisozen is a take-out miso soup specialty store that was opened by a beauty and fitness company. The shop has an overall theme of “beauty from the inside.” They offer aromatic miso soup dishes—based on either red miso, white miso, or awase miso (mixed)—that are blended with soup stock, made out of Hidaka kombu (Hidaka kelp) and thick dried frigate mackerel.
Mackerel, okra, and enoki mushroom (right, ¥390); egg, authentic kimchi, and cheese (top, ¥390), and hearty pork miso soup (left, ¥390)
There are 11 varieties of miso soup available at the store including mackerel, pork, and kimchi flavors. Each bowl is filled with ingredients that will satisfy your cravings.
Raw miso with live customized yeast
The red, white, and awase miso are blended with raw miso before the alcohol from Kitaya Brewery is added. Additive-free preservatives are also used while keeping the flavors of the raw ingredients intact.
The Morning Set (¥390) includes your choice of miso soup (small size) and either rice or a rice ball (small size). For an additional ¥100, you can order a side dish, which is only available until 10 a.m.
The shop’s wooden exterior will make you feel at home.
Kamakura Omisozen is located at 1-4-21 Edobori, Nishi District, Osaka City. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays and holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6485-7112. It is a 1-minute walk from Higobashi Subway Station.
MISO Cafe is a cafe produced by Daigen Miso, a miso shop that goes back to the Edo era. They offer various lunch sets that feature miso soup as the main dish. You can choose from three options including Miso Cafe Lunch and Otegaru Lunch (¥980). What’s more, the miso used in their lunch sets are also sold on the first floor.
The Miso Cafe Lunch (¥1,180) includes miso soup, two side dishes, and fish. Take note that the menu changes weekly.
The hearty miso soup is made with seven types of their bestselling miso.
The miso recommended by the chef is what’s used in the cafe’s weekly miso soup. The Shirofuji is especially recommended, made with a 1:2:8 soy to rice to malt ratio.
Sixteen types of miso, including akadashi (red soup stock), white miso, red miso (smooth, coarse), and barley miso paste are sold on the first floor.
The second floor has bright and modern Japanese-style interiors.
MISO Cafe is located at 2/F Daigen Miso, 2-5-6 Nipponbashi, Chuo District, Osaka City. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with cafe time from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily except Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6599-9123. It is a 2-minute walk from Nipponbashi Subway Station.
Omisoshiruyasan Anne (Shiawase no Izakaya Kisen Ibaraki Shop)
Healthy, delicious meals are available at Omisoshiruyasan Anne, which is owned by a former dietitian whose family used to run a sushi restaurant. The miso soup in their meal sets is made with kombu, while the vegetables in the soup serve as the soup stock. You can also add toppings (price starts at ¥50), like fusuma (wheat bran), to your dish.
The Anne Special Yokubari Plate (¥1,280) consists of miso soup and two or three side dishes such as sashimi. Take note that the menu changes daily.
We advise you to make prior reservations as the restaurant can get crowded and full.
Two types of miso, which bring out the goodness of the other ingredients, are used in the restaurant’s miso dishes.
Two types of miso are chosen from four others (barley miso, white miso, red miso, etc.) to match the day’s ingredients. This way, you can enjoy the balance between the ingredients and the miso.
Tables and tatami seats are available inside the restaurant.
From 5 p.m. onwards, the place operates as Shiawase no Izakaya Kisen Ibaraki Shop.
Omisoshiruyasan Anne is located at 4F Gendai Ibarakishi Ekimae Bldg., 6-21 Eidaicho, Ibaraki City, Osaka. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily (schedule may vary). You may contact them at +81-80-6114-0157. It is a 2-minute walk from Hankyu Ibarakishi Station.
Shirukou is a traditional Japanese cuisine restaurant that opened in 1932. They offer three kinds of miso soup (price starts at ¥800): white miso from Kyoto’s famous Ishino Miso, red miso from Aichi Prefecture, and sumashijiru (clear soup made only with soup stock). You can also choose from 10 toppings such as sea bream or yuba (tofu skin).
Among their bestselling menu items is the White Miso and Tofu (¥600 ala carte), which combines silk tofu and mild-tasting white miso. The soup stock, made from Rishiri kombu (Rishiri kelp) and bonito flakes from Kagoshima, is also rich in flavor. We recommend that you try it with their Rikyu Bento.
The Rikyu Bento (¥2,400) includes kayaku gohan (rice mixed with meat or vegetables) and five side dishes such as stew and soup with tofu.
Otoshiimo (front, ¥800) combines maruimo (a kind of taro) and soup stock. Kakijiru (back, ¥800) uses the season’s best oyster.
The restaurant is located inside an old mansion from the Bakumatsu period. Its counter is designed to look like the noh theater in Yasaka Shrine.
Shirukou is located at 100 Shincho, Shijo Agaru, Nishikiyamachi, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily except Wednesdays (schedules may vary). It is a 2-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (31 October 2019)