Just a 30 minute train ride from Osaka and my friend and I were at Mukunetei, an authentic Japanese restaurant, and a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the megalopolis that is Osaka. After visiting the large-scale factories of Asahi Beer Brewery and Yamazaki whiskey distillery, Mukunetei was a revelation. The restaurant is located on the second floor of a traditional Japanese building - the angled roof ceiling, exposed wooden framework, tatami flooring, and floor seating provide a truly authentic ambiance. The menu is constantly changing, in harmony with the seasons, in order to provide a meal produced from fresh and local ingredients. The restaurant within a sake brewery that produces premium grade sake. When my friend and I arrived, we were greated by Daimon-san, who runs the restaurant and brewery. He welcomed us and asked what we were interested in. When we said we were interested in a tour of the brewery, Daimon-san informed us the brewery was not actively producing sake at this moment since the rice had not been harvested at the time (during certain times of the year, a tour is possible); however, he kindly talked us through the process. It was evident this man loves sake - the idea, the process, and the product. As we began our meal, each course was paired with sake, each round, contained in an unique and beautiful serving vessel, perfectly complementing the dish. The meals are brought out at a balanced pace as the staff are in full recognition that the food, while excellent, is only part of the dining experience. Despite being entirely authentic, the restaurant and brewery are extremely hospitable towards foreigners. Daimon-san, for one, speaks excellent English. At the end of the dinner, I purchased a terrific bottle of Sake that was brewed on sight which was very reasonably priced at around 2000 japanese yen ($20). I live in Osaka and highly recommend Mukunetei for anyone seeking a truly authentic Japanese dining and sake drinking experience. If you are visiting Kyoto or Osaka, do yourself a favor and visit Mukunetei. It may very well be the highlight of your visit.
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