Osaka is known as a fierce battleground for food. While the standard fare here are the “takoyaki” (octopus dumplings) and “okonomiyaki” (savory pancake), that’s not all they’ve go to offer! Here are five food spots in the area that have been getting a lot of attention of late. Read on to get the latest information on food in Osaka!
1. NIHONSYUTOWAINKAPPOUHASSAI SHIN'OOSAKATEN
Kappo Hassai opened in March 2016. It is a traditional Japanese cuisine restaurant that treats guests to seasonal “kaiseki ryori” (a full-course meal) together with delicious Japanese sake and wine.
Here, you can relish masterpiece creations that demonstrate the superior skills of the chefs, including the “Kisetsu no Kaiseki Course” (Seasonal Kaiseki Course) that uses fresh fish, vegetables and other ingredients in season, the “Shun no Konabe Course” (Seasonal Small Pot Course) (5,800 JPY (excl. tax)) that is filled with puffer fish, crab, wild boar, soft-shelled turtle and Japanese beef, and a list of ala carte dishes. It also has an extensive lineup of Japanese sake and local alcoholic drinks that further draw out the flavors of the food, handpicked by the owner based on their taste, regardless if they are famous brands or not. There is also a wide array of wines to choose form, so it would be a great idea to enjoy the marriage of wine with Japanese cuisine.
English, Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean menus available
2. Fuguya Yumefuku Ohatsutenjin
Fuguya Yumefuku Ohatsutenjin is a shop that has been featured in a famous Japanese food magazine. Located in Umeda, it is a place where you can savor all kinds of dishes incorporating “fugu” (puffer fish).
Here, the various course meals (prices start at 3,996 JPY (incl. tax)) that use this shop’s specialty, puffer fish, are brimming with it, such as the “Tetchiri" (Fugu Nabe) (boiled fugu hotpot) that comes with a large serving of the upper body of puffer fish, the “Tessa" (Fugu Sashimi) that will let you enjoy the crisp texture of puffer fish, and the “Fugu Zosui” (porridge containing puffer fish, rice and vegetables) that has the concentrated flavors of puffer fish. There is also a lot of ala carte dishes available, including the Fugu Sashimi (432 JPY (incl. tax)) and karaage (deep-fried puffer fish) (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)). The “Hirezake,” Japanese sake that contains the grilled fins of puffer fish, is also recommended. The flavors of puffer fish are transferred to the sake, making for a rich taste.
Staff who can speak Korean, and English, Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean menus available
3. Oysterbar Wharf
It’s a restaurant that is very popular in Tokyo! Oysterbar Wharf, which originated from Singapore, has also opened a branch in Umeda. Here, the oysters are sourced from various areas, so you can eat fresh and delicious oysters any day of the year!
The specialty of this shop is the 6-Piece Oyster Platter (2,280 JPY (excl. tax)) that will let you taste and compare oysters caught in different regions. Four to six kinds of fresh, live oysters are constantly available, which you can eat however way you want, be it with lemon, whisky, truffle oil or Tabasco sauce. Aside from the fresh oysters, this restaurant also offers a rich menu of oysters that include “Yakigaki” (oysters cooked in the shell) (prices start at 480 JPY (excl. tax)) and “Kakifurai” (deep-fried oysters (290 JPY (excl. tax)), as well as a large selection of fresh seafood and meat dishes.
Fan-Fan, which has been featured by local media several times, also deserves attention! It is a famous authentic Chinese restaurant that is located in Shin-Osaka.
The appeal of this restaurant is that you can enjoy various dishes prepared by the skillful hands of its chefs at such reasonable prices. The first thing you have to order when you visit is the “Sichuan Mapo Tofu” (spicy dish of tofu and minced meat) (prices start at 900 JPY (incl. tax)). People love it for its exquisite spiciness that comes from the spices used in the dish! It’s an addicting taste that you won’t find anywhere else. Aside from that, this restaurant is also filled with other specialty dishes that are its source of pride, including the “Tetsunabe Gyoza” (dumplings cooked on an iron pot) (500 JPY (incl. tax)), the “Gomoku-age Harumaki” (fried spring rolls) (400 JPY (incl. tax), and the daily meal sets. And, do not miss the thick and creamy “Seishiki Annindofu” (Chinese-style almond jelly) (450 JPY)!
English menu available
5. CHEESE CRAFT WORKS Yodoyabashi
CHEESE CRAFT WORKS Yodoyabashi is a shop that is dedicated to creating and serving cheese dishes. It is currently one of the trending topics on SNS!
Recommended here is the “Go-shu Cheese no Ishiyaki Cheese Risotto” (risotto of five kinds of stone-grilled cheeses) (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)), which is made right before your eyes. The robustness and deep flavors of raclette cheese add another layer of goodness to the delicious risotto with four types of cheeses. Further, make sure to try their four types of homemade fresh cheeses such as Fromage Blanc, Ricotta Cheese, Cottage Cheese and Mascarpone. They also serve sweets, such as Cheese Tart (prices start at 430 JPY (excl. tax)), which are a perfect as a meal or as dessert paired with coffee.
All the restaurants included in the list are extremely popular spots, so try to use this article as reference if you’re having a hard time choosing. The delicious food and alcohol in these places will surely make your trip even more wonderful!
*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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