Robata is the area surrounding the hearth, something traditional houses in Japan have, which makes fire for heating and cooking. Robatayaki refers to the way of cooking by grilling ingredients by the fireside. Here are five highly recommended robatayaki shops in Osaka.
Chizuri is a place that is filled with the atmosphere of an old-fashioned izakaya (tavern) for the masses. Here, charbroiled fresh ingredients and delicious alcoholic beverages all come at such a low price of 300 JPY (excl. tax) each. There are private rooms with a sunken kotatsu (table over an electric heater) where guests can stretch their legs, but the best way to enjoy robatayaki here is to sit on the counter stools where the fresh ingredients are displayed right in front of your eyes. It will be fun to decide on what to order while watching the seafood getting grilled. Further, enjoy how the robatayaki is served – the grilled items are placed on a oar.
Pachipachi is a shop that evokes the “pachi-pachi” sound of seafood being grilled. You’d surely be happy to know that most of the items in the robatayaki menu here are priced at just 300 JPY (excl. tax) each. The seafood items that are grilled over charcoal are definitely delicious, but this shop’s masterpiece would have to be the Tokusei Tsukuneyaki (special grilled meatball) that is grilled with its homemade sauce. For those who like sashimi, then go for the Gyogyo Parfait (900 JPY (excl. tax)) wherein tuna, shrimp, salmon, scallop and sazae (turban shell) are served parfait-style. This dish is quite impressive to look at! You are allowed to take photos of the dishes here, so take that perfect photo for your social media.
Magome is housed in a shop whose design draws inspiration from the shukuba (relay station) from the old days. Seafood and meat robatayaki items are all priced at 300 JPY (excl. tax) apiece. The most popular item among its customers is the Katsu Hotategai Butter Yaki (fresh scallops grilled in butter). It gets sold out quickly, so it would be best to order it first. Meanwhile, the Yamitsuki Tebasaki (addictive chicken wings), a dish of deep-fried chicken wings, is this shop’s new specialty that boasts of tasty specialty sauce. Further, the Sakekama Shioyaki (salt-grilled salmon using the part that is found on the pectoral fin under the gill) is very limited in quantity as only one of it is served daily. First come, first served!
Nakanaka is a relaxing place thanks to its tatami seats with sunken kotatsu. Here, the specialty dish is the Nikumaki Yasai (meat-wrapped vegetables) (280 JPY (excl. tax) or 380 JPY (excl. tax) each type), a category of dishes wherein onions, sweet potatoes, and other fresh vegetables in season are wrapped in pork back ribs and then perfectly grilled over an open fire. Within this category, the Lettuce (380 JPY (excl. tax)) is most recommended. Enjoy it with the taste of homemade soy sauce, ponzu (sauce made with soy sauce and citrus fruit), or salt. Try the Karui Kunsen no Jikasei Bacon (lightly smoked homemade bacon) (680 JPY (excl. tax) that makes that distinct sound of thickly sliced bacon being grilled on a hot iron plate, too.
5. Ryoshirobata Sonezaki Isogen
Ryoshirobata Sonezaki Isogen is a shop that specializes in charcoal-grilled “sumibi no hamayaki,” which refers to the way of grilling and eating freshly caught seafood at the beach, or a dish adopting such style. At this shop, you will be the one to grill the seafood on an earthen charcoal brazier for cooking so you will enjoy the real pleasure of hamayaki and the flavors of fresh seafood. Recommended here is the Goshu Mori (1,290 JPY (excl. tax)) of assorted seafood, but note that the types of seafood in this dish change daily depending on the catch. Further, try the specialty dishes Jumbo! Tori no Karaage (deep-fried chicken) (745 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Oyahi no Genkotsu Kakiage (mixed vegetables and seafood tempura) (313 JPY (incl. tax))!
Osaka is called a town of gourmands because it is a place where people “lose their possessions for spending too much on food.” The reason behind people’s obsession with food here is the presence of too many delicious dishes everywhere. One such dish is robatayaki. So, beware of ruining yourself with too much extravagant food!
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