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This is the true taste! 5 Recommended Okonomiyaki Shops in Osaka

Have you ever tried okonomiyaki? This dish, which is made by frying pancake-like batter mixed with cabbage, pork, and other ingredients and then topped with a special sauce, is one of the foods that best represent Osaka. Here are five of the many okonomiyaki shops in Osaka that are recommended if you are ever in the area.

1. Ajinoya

Ajinoya, where the okonomiyaki is prepared by the staff on the iron plate attached to the customers’ seats, is a popular shop that can create long lines of customers at its doors. Here, you get to witness how the okonomiyaki is made right in front of you, so this shop is getting rave reviews from foreign tourists who are visiting their first okonomiyaki shop. There are various kinds of okonomiyaki available, with the Special Mix Okonomiyaki (2,450 JPY (incl. tax)) coming in as the crowd favorite. This variant of okonomiyaki is the pride of this shop, what with its sense of luxury that comes from the extravagant use of ingredients such as shrimp, squids, octopus, as well as pork, beef, corn, and various other ingredients.
Listed in the Michelin Guide Kyoto/Osaka 2017 Bib Gourmand
English menu available

1. Ajinoya

1-7-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

2. Yukari Sonezaki Main Branch

Yukari is a well-established okonomiyaki shop in Osaka established in 1950. It is the industry’s pioneer in bringing creative okonomiyaki, including okonomiyaki with cheese and mochi (sticky rice cake), a type that's become popular. This shop offers a menu full of unique okonomiyaki dishes such as the Fromage-yaki (1,450 JPY (incl. tax)) that has five types of cheeses including cheddar and gouda, and the massive Osakajo (Osaka Castle) (4,400 JPY (incl. tax) for 3-4 people) that weighs 1kg. Of course, this restaurant also serves staple okonomiyaki items such as the Tokusen Mix-yaki (Special Mixed Okonomiyaki made with roast pork loin, squid, shrimp and octopus) (1,220 JPY (incl. tax)). The flour, sauces, and mayonnaise they use here have been independently developed by the restaurant. You can also choose the style of cooking you want, so you can either cook your okonomiyaki on your own or have a staff of the restaurant cook it for you.
English, simplified Chinese, and Korean menus available

2. Yukari Sonezaki Main Branch

Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-dori, 2-14-13 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

3. Kiji

Kiji is a famous okonomiyaki shop with an endless stream of customers lining up daily that is located inside Shin-Umeda Shokudogai (restaurant street) where there are rows of restaurants serving affordable food. The okonomiyaki at this restaurant is characterized by its topping of perilla, its secret ingredient. On top of being crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, coupled with a rich sauce on top, the refreshing taste of the perilla topping this okonomiyaki also adds to its charm. This restaurant serves such dishes as the Buta Tama (Pork and Egg) (680 JPY) that are cooked by the staff on the iron plate in front of the counter. It is so much fun to see how the every okonomiyaki is skillfully made!
Listed in the Michelin Guide Kyoto/Osaka 2017 Bib Gourmand

3. Kiji

Shin-Umeda Shokudogai, 9-20 Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

4. Fukutaro Main Branch

Fukutaro is a famous okonomiyaki shop that is just a 5-minute walk from Namba Station on the subway’s Midosuji Line. Aside from the regular okonomiyaki, this shop is particularly popular for its negiyaki (okonomiyaki with a lot of green spring onions added to the batter that is made from wheat flour mixed with water). Here, you can choose from a wide array of ingredients, including pork and squid, to create a savory okonomiyaki that is eaten with the restaurant’s homemade soy sauce-based sauce. This restaurant offers such okonomiyaki variants as Buta Negiyaki (pork negiyaki) (980 JPY (incl. tax)), with the okonomiyaki cooked by its veteran staff on the iron plate next to the customer’s seats.
Listed in the Michelin Guide Kyoto/Osaka 2017 Bib Gourmand
English menu available

4. Fukutaro Main Branch

2-3-17 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

5. Tsuruhashi Okonomiyaki Omoni

Boasting of a 50-year history since it was established in the Tsuruhashi area, Omoni is a popular restaurant that is located on the 7th floor of the South Building of the famous shopping arcade Grand Front Osaka that stands right next to Osaka Station. It takes pride in its long list of 30 types of toppings, including homemade kimchi, corn, potato, and bacon. Here, you can customize your okonomiyaki to your liking. Their main attraction is the Omoniyaki (1,250 JPY (incl. tax)) that is filled with pork, squid, shrimp, scallops, and various other ingredients. With a batter that has a small ratio of wheat flour and which draws on the sweetness of the shredded cabbage that is used lavishly, this okonomiyaki is light without being cloying. Now in this shop, the okonomiyaki is cooked by its staff inside the kitchen and then served to your table.

5. Tsuruhashi Okonomiyaki Omoni

7F Grand Front Osaka South Building, 4-20 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

There are so many okonomiyaki shops in Osaka that you’d surely find it difficult to decide where to go. If that happens, then try to check out some of these restaurants.

*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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