In France, the country of gastronomy, French restaurants are ranked in six levels according to the name…
The most prestigious ones are grand maison. This is a restaurant like the famous Joel Robuchon. Below that is the auberge. Auberge means a restaurant where you can stay overnight while enjoying fine cuisine.
Up to this point, this is what is called fine French cuisine in Japan. The next restaurant is a slightly more fashionable French restaurant. Bistro” means “izakaya,” and is a restaurant with a relatively casual atmosphere.
The fifth one, brasserie, is more casual than bistro. If we were to make a distinction between bistros and izakayas, it would be the difference between an upscale izakaya and a popular izakaya. The last café is literally a coffee shop, but some of them serve alcohol in the evening. Now…
Brasserie Celeste｜Casual French cuisine in Sakai, Osaka, where you can stop by even if you are alone.
Brasserie Celeste, a French restaurant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, is by no means a restaurant with a cluttered atmosphere like a popular izakaya (Japanese-style pub). But that does not mean it is a restaurant that is difficult to enter… For example, you can enjoy a glass of wine by yourself, pick up some light dishes, and go home. Or you can stop by with friends for lunch or dinner, or have a party with a large group…it is a casual restaurant that can meet all of your needs. Perhaps the name of the restaurant, Brasserie, has such a meaning.
Inside the restaurant, the first floor has counter seats and seats for two to four people. If you are alone, you can enjoy your meal at the counter while conversing with the restaurant staff. At the back of the restaurant, there is a staircase going up to the second floor, which is probably a space for private parties.
The menu consists of 36 dishes in total, centered around a wide variety of meat dishes. The price per dish is very reasonable, at around 1,500 yen, and the portions are large enough to satisfy even the biggest of men.
This time, I ordered the following four dishes…
First, today’s soup (minestrone) for 500 yen. It is very refreshing, but apparently contains powdered cheese. The cheese was stringy in my mouth after I drank it.
Next, Seafood Salad with today’s fresh fish, 600 yen. Two types of sea bream fillets, raw and cooked, are served with raw vegetables and dressing. The slightly charred sea bream fillets deliver a savory aroma from your mouth to your nose.
Here’s a little chopstick rest. Smoked duck breast 600 yen. While sipping your drink, eat the ratatouille wrapped with the meat.
And for the main course, Australian beef lamb core (lean) steak for 1,300 yen. The meat is tender at medium rare and warm to the center of the meat. The sauce made with charred onions and beef stock bouillon gives it a lightly bitter taste, making it a bit more mature.
The bill for the above four dishes plus one drink is a reasonable 3,500 yen, including tax. It would be nice to have a French restaurant near your home or office that you can pop into on a whim.
Whether you are alone, a couple, or a group… French Brasserie Celeste in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, is a 5-minute walk from Sakai Higashi Station on the Nankai Koya Line!
Now, here are the details of the restaurant…
Address: 17-24 Ichijodori, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka
Phone number: 072-228-2720
Business hours: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (LO), Dinner 17:30-22:30 (LO, 21:30 LO on Sundays and holidays)