Many of us love traveling to different places. To enjoy a variety of activities, take a handful of photos while sightseeing and create memories with our loved ones and maybe our newly met friends.
And while traveling itself is a thrilling experience, a big portion of people consider having good meals while travelling an essential part of a great trip. This rule applies to travellers in Japan, especially Muslim travellers whom find it quite challenging to dine out in a country where the concept of “Halal” food (food permitted for Muslims to eat) is still new.
Japan, the dream travelling destination for so many, has a very small percentage of Muslim residents, mostly students or workers from Muslim countries. Nevertheless, the number of Muslim tourists, especially from neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, has been increasing yearly, making it necessary for Japan to accommodate the basic needs of these tourists.
Since I arrived in Japan in 2014 to study, and being Muslim myself, I have been going on a daily quest to find not only some “Halal” serving restaurants but also delicious ones too.
And after spending more than two years living in Osaka, here are my top three restaurants that—in my opinion—serve the best “Halal” dishes:
Located conveniently near one of Shinsaibashi station’s many exits, and in popular Shinsaibashisuji local and touristic shopping district. Ali’s Kitchen was established in 2009 by it's Pakistani owner, and has been serving great meals since then.
The food served varies mostly between Pakistani and Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus dipping, biryani, shish kebab and tabbouleh salad in addition to delicious drinks. The price ranges between 800-4600¥ depending on your choice and the servings are certainly sufficient.
Address: 1-10-12 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0085
I visited this restaurant for the first time when I had a meet up with a group of amazing ladies. At first, I thought (from the place name) that it only serves Malaysian dishes, but when I held up the menu, I was surprised to find Indonesian and Thai meals too.
The staff was friendly and served us with a smile while we ordered various dishes, and ate different tasty food like satay, sour and sweet chicken and many more. And at the end of the night I only had to pay 1400 ¥!
So if you were close to Umeda Sky Building, why not have lunch or dinner in Malaysia Boleh.
Address: 1 Chome-4-20 Oyodominami, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 531-0075
Visiting Osaka Aquarium and feeling hungry? No problem, Bab-ul Hayat at your service! This awesome Turkish restaurant is located just at the third floor of Tempozan marketplace, offering you the best of Turkish meals and desserts.
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At the entrance you have to pay a fee of 1580¥ to enjoy for the next 90 minutes whatever the buffet has to offer! My favourites are shawarma, meat with potato, hummus dipping and banana covered with delicious chocolate.
I like going to this restaurant especially to celebrate friends' birthday or hold a farewell party; as it can accommodate big numbers and we can eat as much as we want!
Address: Osaka Prefecture, Osaka , Minato-ku, Kaigandōri, 1 Chome−1 Tempozan Marketplace 3F
So, if you are planning to visit Osaka soon, no need to worry about what type of food you can eat as there are many delicious Middle Eastern restaurants that will make your visit extra memorable. See you in Osaka!