Osaka, a city of gourmands, is full of various types of restaurants, including delicious food from all around the world. Here are 5 restaurants you should try.
1. RODDA group (Sri Lankan cuisine)
There are plenty of Sri Lankan restaurants in Osaka, but the popular RODDA group is one that's top-class. This is a genuine Sri Lankan restaurant run by a Sri Lankan chef. The spicy curry is particularly popular. The gamirasa (1,200 JPY on weekdays, 1,500 on weekends and holidays), made using spices directly imported from Sri Lanka. You can choose from chicken, pork, fish, or mutton as your main ingredient. The spices and other ingredients are blended harmoniously for an amazing flavor. Of course, dishes other than curry are also great choices.
2. ALI'S KITCHEN (Pakistani/Arabic cuisine)
ALI'S KITCHEN is a Pakistani/Arabic restaurant that offers more than 600 types of curry. It's not Japanese-style curry, but curry that is made using genuine Pakistani cooking techniques. Other than curry, they also have kebabs, biryani (rice cooked with spices and meat), and more. Lunch sets begin at 750 JPY, and at night they have a la carte dishes as well as courses beginning at 2,000 JPY (incl. tax)). This is recommended for people who want to enjoy different types of cuisine. The biryani is especially delicious with its fragrant spice aroma, and you'll be addicted after just one bite!
3. Vietnam Sakaba BIA HO'I (Vietnamese cuisine)
Vietnam Sakaba BIA HO'I is a restaurant where you can enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and liquor in an exotically-decorated space. All of the dishes like gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese spring rolls) (1 for 350 JPY (excl. tax)) made with rice paper, bánh xèo (Vietnamese okonomiyaki) (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)), and pho (start at 780 JPY (excl. tax)) made with vegetables and rare beef are made by a Vietnamese chef using genuine cooking techniques. The menu is quite large, so trying to figure out what to order is part of the fun. (Service fees charged separately.)
4. KOHSAMUI BY CHEDI LUANG(Thai cuisine)
KOHSAMUI BY CHEDI LUANG is a recommended Thai restaurant in Osaka. The interior is decorated like a Thai resort, and it's very open with a nice view. The ingredients used come in frequently so they stay fresh, and the chef is very experienced and was awarded a 5-star certificate from the Thai government. The southern-style freshwater prawn curry (1,706 JPY (incl. tax)), which has a rich shrimp flavor, and the 5-star khao man gai (1,382 JPY (incl. tax), supplies limited), are definitely dishes you should try. During lunch you can enjoy the tropical buffet (1,315 JPY on weekdays, 1,620 JPY on weekends and holidays (incl. tax)), so it's perfect for leisurely trying different kinds of Thai food. This is definitely a restaurant where you can enjoy both the flavor and the prices.
5. Cante Grande Nakatsu Branch (Indian cuisine)
Cante Grande originally opened in 1972, and is a coffee shop that has continued for more than 40 years. Generally, they serve their original take on Indian cuisine. The interior is decorated with colorful miscellaneous Indian items, and it's a very homey place. The menu offers Indian curry, kebabs, tandoori chicken, chapati, sandwiches, and more. When you want a full meal, try sets that comes with a drink like the tandoori set (1,300 JPY (incl. tax)).
After you get your fill of Japanese food during your trip, definitely try international cuisines popular with Japanese people!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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