One way to enjoy tourism in Osaka would be to try out the delicious cuisine. Here some of the many restaurants you may find at Osaka's gourmet town Dotonbori!
Wanaka is a store that serves takoyaki (fried octopus dumpling), which is an Osaka specialty. The takoyaki they serve here costs 450 JPY (incl. tax) and above for a serving. The outside layer is crunchy, while the inside has a gooey texture, with a unique base made with kelp and skipjack tuna. You may pick from 4 types of sauces, with the original sauce made by the store as number 1 in popularity. This sauce has a strangely fruity taste due to the balance of sweet and sourness. You may find branches of Wanaka in Sennichimae, Namba, and America-mura, located around the Dotonbori area.
Okonomiyaki is a must-try if you are coming to Osaka. Okonomiyaki is a circular dish cooked on an iron plate made with a base of flour with meat, seafood, and vegetables added to it. You may find many stores that offer this, but Mizuno is one of the places to go. This store has more than 70 years of experience and has been loved by many people including locals and tourists. Their signature dish called "Mizuno no Yaki" (1,405 JPY (incl.tax)) is a combination of 6 ingredients, namely pork, squid, shrimp, shellfish, octopus (oysters in the winter), and special mince. This okonomiyaki has a natural deliciousness to it that is not dependent on the sauce for flavor. The staff speak English.
3. Dotonbori Imai
Dotonbori Imai, established in 1946, is the place to go for delicious udon noodles. What sets the flavor of these noodles is the secret base made with natural kelp and Kyushu-caught finely sliced mackerel and herring that have been added heat to and dried). The noodles here are exquisite and over a substantial flavor. They offer soba (buckwheat flour noodles), udon, and rice bowls. One of their signature dishes is "kitsune udon" (756 JPY (incl. tax)), a superb dish made with chewy noodles combined with fried, thinly-sliced tofu, with lots of broth. You may find an English, Chinese (Simplified), and Korean menu, depending on the branch you visit.
4. Kani Doraku
The highlight of this store would be the giant, moving grab as the signboard! This store offers dishes mainly made with crab. Their signature dish is the kanisuki (crab hotpot) course that costs 6,300 JPY (incl. tax) and above, the kaiseki ryori (4,200 JPY (incl. tax) and above for lunch, 5,300 JPY (incl. tax) and above for dinner, the crab sushi (1,620 JPY (incl. tax)) and a la carte dishes. You may enjoy different forms of crab - Kani Doraku serves grilled crab, tempura, sushi, gratin, croquettes, and others. Aside from the main branch in Ebisubashi near Dotonbori, you may also find two other stores in the area.
※ This image is of the Doraku Jusan Branch.
5. Kinryu Ramen
The dragon that pops out of the signboard beckons you to Kinryu Ramen, one of Dotonbori's popular ramen restaurants! You may find other branches of Kinryu Ramen elsewhere, but the branch in Dotonbori, in particular, offers you a street-stall style of setting with a tatami-mat as the flooring. You may drop by this store late at night, as it is open 24 hours. They offer two types of ramen. The regular one is 600 JPY (incl. tax) and the pork belly ramen costs 900 JPY (incl. tax). Each of these have a simple soy sauce flavor to them, provided by the soup made with a pork bone and chicken extract base. You may enjoy the ramen with different flavors of your choice, as they offer leek, kimchi, and garlic for free. The restaurant takes orders via the food tickets at the automatic vending machine.
Consider these restaurants if you're in Dotonbori but are unsure of where to eat!
*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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