I loved this place. We dined early on a Monday evening, two business colleagues and I, at the end of an arduous project. We wanted a celebratory experience; we had completed our challenge. On the top floor of the Kita building at Gran Front Osaka - a large, glass walled, very big ceiling room. It felt "new york." Quiet. Elegant. Well appointed but not fussy. Sparkling with the lights of the city in the distance, and the long pendants over the bar. We were seated immediately. One in our group had been there before, several times, as it was near his apartment. He was greeted by several staff who made it a point to visit our table, and then introduce themselves to us. We settled in to be well cared for by these attentive and knowledgeable hosts. The New Zealand rib eye steak was perhaps the best steak I've ever had. Tender, flavorful and cooked perfectly. A companion had oysters. Delicious. The salads were spare but perfectly fresh with a delicious balsamic dressing. My request for 'mostly arugula' was met without even blinking an eye. Drinks were well mixed and generous in portion. The caprese style salad we ordered for the table was delicious - but mostly remarkable for how little of it there was on the plate. A salad hardly large enough as an appetizer for 1 - and quite expensive I thought at Y1,750. The rib eyes were Y4,000 (about US$40) but I would go back again and again to eat that steak and sit in that lovely room. The mashed potatoes were delicious, and it was a generous portion. This restaurant serves a la carte - meaning that everything is ordered and priced separately. I heard from the manager that this is a relatively rare concept in Osaka and is taking a while to catch on. The three of us had diner and 2 drinks each for about $80 a piece. It's not inexpensive - but I think this is a perfect special occasion restaurant - with its quiet, dark presence and glamourous, romantic view. It's a perfect Friday night place if you find yourself alone in Osaka and wa
Service is great in so many parts of Japan it takes something special to stand out. This restaurant manages to pull it off without it feeling "clingy" or standoffish. The staff were ready when you needed them and left you alone if you wanted to talk. The food was superb and served with style and other than a brief period where we had to try and attract the attention of the waiter (hence 4 stars and not 5) this will be a memorable evening. English was readily spoken and the menu was English and Japanese. The only word that wasn't translated was basashi - which is a bit cheeky. Its not a dish I would want to eat by mistake.
Very swanky spot! Top shelf liquor and delicious menu offerings. Check out the happy hour in the evenings.