Obase is a delightful mix of Japanese kaiseki cuisine and Italian traditions
Restaurant Obase offers you something unique. The restaurant bears the name of its chef, Mr. Obase, and the experience here is all about getting to taste the interesting mix of Japanese and Italian cuisines he cooks. This fusion-like take on Kyoto’s world-famous kaiseki cuisine seems to be a craft which he has perfected. The restaurant itself is located close to the intersection of Sanjo and Kawaramachi streets, and it’s pretty easy to find once you spot the alley it’s on. The restaurant is in a renovated machiya townhouse, so you get the full Kyoto-experience here.
Counter seats
Counter seats
While you could choose to sit on the second floor, and enjoy your dinner in a very relaxed manner, my recommendation is to get seats by the counter. This way you get to see up close how Mr. Obase works his magic, and if you have an interpreter with you, you also get to know a lot about what kind of work goes into making the dishes.
Full dinner course
Full dinner course / Starting from ¥9,000 (+tax and service charge)
The set course here consists of three starter dishes, a pasta dish, a risotto, a main dish, dessert, and lastly, a cup of tea (black or Japanese iribancha) or coffee. The most interesting part of this course is how exquisitely Mr. Obase combines Italian influences into his Japanese kaiseki cuisine: the tastes all just match. They also offer lunch courses starting from 4,800 yen.
Have a conversation with the chef
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Have a conversation with the chef
If you have an interpreter, or someone who knows some Japanese with you, be sure to ask Mr. Obase about the dishes. The incredible attention he puts into every ingredient, and the way he knows which farm produces the best vegetables, all help you appreciate the food you’re having even more.
How to Order

how to order - Obase

Ordering is extremely easy. They only have one set menu, so everything will be chosen by the chef. You just need to sit back and enjoy. 

- Order Tips -

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They also have a nice selection of wines at Obase, and even some sake. 

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The dishes here are beautifully executed, and made from excellent ingredients carefully chosen by the chef, Mr. Obase. From the appetizer, which on the day we were at the restaurant consisted of mozuku seaweed, octopus, tomato, sea grapes, and Japanese basil, all the way to the dessert which was loquat (also known as Japanese plum) and panna cotta, everything tasted exciting, but at the same time, the rich flavors were in harmony with each other. Obase is a place where you don’t only eat dinner, you also experience the Italian influenced fusion kaiseki cuisine.
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Restaurant Obase
Category Others, Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-211-6918
Address 534-39 Ebisu-cho, Sanjo Agaru Kawaramachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions A five-minute walk from both subway Shiyakushomae and Keihan Sanjo stations.
Open Hours Lunch 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.(Orders taken until 1:30 p.m.) Dinner 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.(Orders taken until 9:30 p.m.)
Reservations Reservations highly recommended.
Closed Every Wednesday and two other irregular days off a month. (Check Obase’s Facebook for the latest information)
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Business Meeting
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Obase is very welcoming to foreign tourists.
Menu English.
Lanuages spoken Mainly Japanese, but they speak some simple English, and the chef can say the names of the dishes in Italian.
Number of seats 25
Private dining rooms Yes.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
URL1 http://obasse.com
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