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What makes a good restaurant? It’s a pretty basic question, and one that I imagine is on most people’s minds, even if you aren’t actively aware of it. With a new restaurant, such as EO, this question and the search for answers are more to the forefront. What it boils down to, if you’ll forgive the cooking metaphor, is an enjoyable experience, comforting food and even a little inspiration.

EO, or Eloge de l’Ombre (no, I don’t know what it means either), is located on the 14th floor of Abeno Harukas, Osaka’s latest very tall building — the tallest in Japan if you discount the Skytree. The food is French, the atmosphere formal and the inspiration is the late Bernard Loiseau, a guiding light to many chefs, including Hiroshi Yamaguchi, head chef at the award-winning Kitano Hotel in Kobe and also owner and chef at EO.

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