Delicious food and a melting pot of customers in Kyoto’s very own oasis
OASI KYOTO is an Italian restaurant that only recently opened its doors in February 2019.
Owner and head chef of OASI KYOTO, Yoshida, previously ran an Italian café in Kyoto’s Nishijin district for ten and a half years before she moved over to the States. There she worked at the Michelin starred “kajitsu” restaurant in New York and made a name for herself as a talented chef.
Yoshida, who’s traveled not only the United States but Spain and Italy as well, uses the knowledge and experiences gained from her travels to offer an undefinable style of cuisine that doesn’t conform to the traditional standards of Italian cuisine.
One of the biggest draws about OASI has to be their incredible seasonal vegetables.
Owner and head chef Yoshida periodically visits the woodland area of Ohara in the northeast of Kyoto City and the morning farmer’s market in Shizuhara to personally pick out vegetables and search for the best way to prepare them herself. As a result, at OASI you’re able to enjoy a constantly changing array of vegetables cooked in the absolute best way possible.
When you give the restaurant a visit for yourself, you’ll be surprised at just how good vegetables can taste when they’re this fresh.
The name of the restaurant, “OASI” means “Oasis” in Italian. The owner wanted to create a space—like an oasis to travelers wandering the desert—where people from all walks of life and all countries can meet and interact in an exchange of cultures.
The restaurant sits in Kyoto’s Nishijin district, an area slightly removed from the bustle of downtown and teeming with old Kyoto townhouses. In recent years this area has also become home to a large number of restaurants looking to take on new endeavors and features a wonderful mix of past and present.
OASI, which is fast becoming a favorite amongst Nishijn locals, is expected to develop and grow even further as an oasis inside Kyoto. Definitely check it out if you can!