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.
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
/ 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
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.