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!
Lunch: C Course
Lunch: C Course / ¥2,500(Excl. Tax)
Lunch is offered as three separate course options, A Course, B Course, and C Course. The C Course is our particular recommendation as it allows you to enjoy the best of what OASI has to offer with its spread of homemade focaccia bread, pasta, a main and your choice of soup or garden salad. The soup, pasta and main change seasonally, so check with the restaurant for more details. Pictured above is a thick broccoli potage for the soup, spaghetti w. seabream and canola for the pasta, and butter grilled chicken for the main. From the soup to the main, when you indulge in one of OASI’s seasonal ingredient packed lunch courses, you’ll enjoy the essence of the season with all five senses.
Grilled Seabream *Dinner Menu
Grilled Seabream *Dinner Menu / ¥2,500(Excl. Tax)
This grilled red seabream comes in the form of a gently grilled seabream head. The seabream’s fragrant and crispy skin contrasts wonderfully with the incredibly soft and delicious meat. The seabream is seasoned with a mix of lemon and rosemary, so when you take a bite, the taste of seabream with the fragrant aroma of the seasonings wash over your pallet. This dish not only looks amazing but brightens up the entire table just by being there.
Chicken Neck and Mushroom Ahijo *Dinner Menu
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Chicken Neck and Mushroom Ahijo *Dinner Menu / ¥900 (Excl. Tax)
OASI features an open kitchen with counter seating, so they also offer a menu with an assortment of smaller dishes for those who’re looking to just pop in for a drink and something small to eat. This Ahijo is an awfully delicious dish the strikes an exquisite balance between the saltiness and umami of the chicken necks and packed in shimeji mushrooms. As this dish is quite rich with a considerable garlicky punch, it goes perfectly with OASI’s line up of wine and beers. Grab yourself a drink and enjoy!
Spaghetti W. Japanese Parsley and Lemon *Dinner Menu
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Spaghetti W. Japanese Parsley and Lemon *Dinner Menu / ¥1,300 (Excl. Tax)
This Japanese parsley and lemon spaghetti is one of “Seasonal Dishes” only available at the moment. The moment this spring aroma filled dish is brought to your table, you’ll be itching to dig in. As OASI have held back on the seasonings, the aroma and umami of the Japanese parsley are able to really stand out and you’re able to enjoy its delicious natural flavors. The mild bitterness of the Japanese parsley and the acidity of the lemon are balanced beautifully and form a wonderfully spring-like and refreshingly aromatic spaghetti. *Please note that the ingredients change seasonally.
How to Order

how to order - OASI

English menus are available and the owner can speak English so you have nothing to worry about when ordering. 

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tips - OASI

Pictured from right to left: Large Brooklyn Lager | ¥950 (Excl. Tax) and Medium Yuzu Lager | ¥850 (Excl. Tax)

OASI offer a range of specialty craft beers, so go ahead and grab one that fits your current mood.  

The beers go absolutely perfectly with each and every dish at OASI, so make sure you grab one when you have the chance. 

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Yoshida, the owner of OASI, is just brilliant. When I began writing this article, the more and more I found out about Yoshida’s experience and different undertakings, the more I fell in love with her cooking. I truly got the sense that she’s a person who just loves making people happy through cooking. All of those thoughts and feelings that went into making the food really came across when I was finally able to sit down for a meal at OASI myself. Yoshida and OASI made me realize that no matter how good the ingredients are, if the person preparing them isn’t sincere and doesn’t believe in them, then they won’t be able to make genuinely delicious cooking. I’m honestly so grateful that I was able to find a restaurant like this, where the chef cooks with such ambition and aspiration. OASI just opened, and it looks like there are still a few things that are in the trial and error stages, but it truly feels like it’s got the momentum to develop and grow into even further. OASI is a little off the beaten track of the main sightseeing spots in Kyoto, but it’s definitely worth checking out even if it is a bit out of the way. So I highly recommend anyone interested check it out when they can!
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Inside, OASI is a cool Italian restaurant with a warm and welcoming feel. Each dish has a good helping of seasonal veggies and dishes like the parsley pasta, and the herby grilled seabream, make you feel refreshed. Most of us are prone to not eating enough vegetables when we’re traveling, but at OASI you can enjoy filling up on all the veggies you need.
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Category Italian
Phone +81 75-205-2598
Address Eng: 441, Maenocho, Kyoto Shi Kamigyo Ku, Kyoto Fu, 602-8415, Japan Jap: 京都府京都市上京区大宮通寺之内上ル前之町443
Directions 3 Minute Walk from Horikawateranouchi Bus Stop
Open Hours Lunch: 12:00 to 14:00(L.O) Dinner: 18:00 to 22:00(L.O)
Reservations Available Inquire by phone, Email or over social media.
Closed Monday and Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX / Available
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Menus are in English and staff can speak English
Menu English Menu Available
Lanuages spoken English
Number of seats 27
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Non-smoking
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