【2018 Edition】 Top 10 Must-Try Yakiniku Shops in Osaka
Osaka, which has been seeing a rise in the number of tourists every year, is known as the “kitchen of the country” and the “capital of food”. Though takoyaki (octopus dumplings) is its most famous dish, it also houses many famous yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants. Below are 10 yakiniku shops that are especially recommended for people visiting Osaka!
1. Kitahama Nikuya (Kitahama Station)
This restaurant serves up carefully selected Kuroge Wagyu – one of the leading kinds of beef in Japan – with a focus on Kumamoto’s finest premium branded beef called “Wa-o”. The Atsugiri Akami Steak (thickly-sliced lean steak), made with Kuroge Wagyu whose lean meat even gets an A5-grade rating, is a famous dish that lots of people come back for. It is best eaten with fresh wasabi. When eating yakiniku, it is normal to eat bibimbap or reimen (cold noodles) as your last dish. Make sure that the famous Ita Soba is your last dish! Served on a wooden board, the soba (buckwheat noodles) comes with sauce, spring onions, and yuzu-kosho (condiment made from chili and Japanese citrus) on the side, making for a really refreshing dish. It’s recommended to prepare around 4,500 JPY to dine here. English menus are available.
2. Mahoroba (Kitashinchi Station)
Here, you can savor high-quality meat with a glass of wine that has been handpicked by a sommelier. The Kuroge Wagyu served here is carefully chosen and prepared according to the cut by a chef who knows meat like the back of his hand. The Tokusen Harami (premium skirt steak) (3,800 JPY (incl. tax)) is loaded with fat, making it chewy. It is thickly sliced, allowing you to fully savor the delicious flavor of the meat. Their courses, which come with many exquisite dishes, start from 10,000 JPY (incl. tax). There is also a rich lineup of a la carte dishes, such as the Gokubi Gejang Meshi (2,000 JPY (incl. tax)) – a rice dish topped with gejang (a type of kimchi made by marinating blue crabs in a special sauce).
3. Mitsuru (Namba Station, Osaka-Namba Station)
This is a giant yakiniku restaurant that has the largest seating capacity in Minami (a business district mainly located in Namba). It has three floors: the 2nd floor where you can party with your friends, the 3rd floor where you can relax in tatami rooms, and the 4th floor that’s popular with couples. Altogether, there are 18 private rooms available. Procured from across the nation by the store’s buyer, every cut of the Kuroge Wagyu used here has even marbling and is A4-grade. The shop purchases whole cattle, meaning that it is able to serve extremely fresh meat. It also serves horumon (offal) and rare cuts of beef at affordable prices. It is suggested to bring 4,800 JPY to dine here.
4. Ushi no Kami (Kitashinchi Station)
Have an amazing time dining on the finest meats and wines available at this sophisticated and modern Japanese restaurant. Only the best branded meats that have an A5 rating, such as mellow-tasting Saga beef – the most famous Kuroge Wagyu from Saga Prefecture – and chewy Kyoto beef that’s smooth and has melt-in-your-mouth fat. The meat is only cut upon order, allowing you to fully enjoy the freshest meat possible. All the ingredients used in this shop’s dishes are of quality, and they’re presented beautifully, too. Your eyes will definitely be in for a treat! Prepare around 8,000 JPY to dine here.
5. KollaBo Kitashinchi Shop (Kitashinchi Station)
The branch of a yakiniku restaurant from Korea, this restaurant offers a collaboration of Japanese yakiniku with its Korean flavors that have been loved for over 15 years. The meat used here is the finest A4 – A5 grade Kuroge Wagyu from Kouraiya – a famous store in Osaka that has been in business for 50 years. Recommended dishes include the Kollabo no Omakase Moriawase (assorted parts chosen by the chef), which is great for trying out various cuts of beef, and the Gokujo Kisho Bui Moriawase (assorted premium rare parts) (both courses are priced starting at 3,500 JPY (excl. tax)). Try the wide array of Korean dishes available as well, such as the Kanjang Gejang (2,800 JPY (excl. tax)) – in which blue crabs are marinated in stock with soy sauce – and Chige-nabe (Korean stew) (1,480 JPY (excl. tax)).
6. YAKINIKU ICHO Hankyu Higashidori Shop (Umeda Station)
Relish premium Kuroge Wagyu beef while gazing at this restaurant’s approximately 200 sq.m. Japanese garden! This place has a layout that screams of luxury, with only private rooms available. Why not savor some yakiniku in this cozy and relaxing space that has a modern Japanese design? A4 or higher grades of Kuroge Wagyu cattle are purchased whole here, allowing the shop to serve up high-class or rare cuts of beef at reasonable prices. To ensure all diners get the freshest meat possible, the meat is only cut upon order. This also means that you’ll get to enjoy the original taste of the meat! Other than sauce, you can eat the meat with salts that have been selected and procured from all over the world, such as sea salts, rock salts, and lake salts. Prepare 4,000 JPY to dine here.
7. Kobe Aburi Bokujo Hankyu Higashidori Shop (Umeda Station)
This yakiniku store is loved for its affordable prices, which are possible because it is directly operated by a butcher shop that carries Kobe beef and Kuroge Wagyu beef. Ignoring the beef’s brand or popularity, the menu is built solely based on “the balance between the price and satisfaction level”. Here, the meat is charcoal-grilled to remove any excess fat. It’s recommended to eat it with the shop’s signature homemade sauce, natural salt, or wasabi mixed with soy sauce. This store is also known for its yakisoba (fried noodles), made with Ran-o eggs from Oita Prefecture, which are known for their flavor and sweetness. Make sure you have at least 3,500 JPY to dine here. English, Chinese (simplified), and Korean menus are available.
8. Tajima (Hommachi Station)
“Truly delicious yakiniku” is served here by a manager whose parents ran a butcher shop and yakiniku restaurant. Using his “eye for meat” that was passed onto him by his father, who ran a butcher shop, the manager pursues meat of true quality, regardless of where it was produced or its brand. Grilling the meat in a mizu-shichirin (a charcoal grill with water at the bottom) makes the meat tender as a result of the steam produced from the heated water. The flavor is further drawn out with a secret sauce that he inherited from his mother, who ran a yakiniku restaurant. The shop’s popular all-you-can-eat course starts from 2,990 JPY (excl. tax). It’s also recommended to try the First-Class Course (3,990 JPY (incl. tax)) that will let you taste premium A5-grade Miyazaki beef.
9. Nagomi (Shinsaibashi Station)
Here, you can enjoy excellent Kuroge Wagyu beef at reasonable prices. Carefully selected by a seasoned expert, all the meat used here is A4 – A5 grade. The meticulously stored meat will be carefully sliced by hand when an order is placed. The deliciousness and sweetness that drips off this marbled meat’s fat is what makes it special, along with its ability to almost melt in your mouth. Eat it with salt to draw out its original taste or consume it with wasabi and soy sauce. This shop also offers many other authentic Korean dishes. Prepare at least 4,500 JPY to dine here!
10. Yakiniku Ichiba Kyobashi Shop (Kyobashi Station)
This restaurant serves up Omi beef, which is one of Japan’s top three Wagyu beef brands. It is known for its smooth and soft meat, as well as for its marbling pattern (wherein the meat and fat are mixed). Why not enjoy the sweetness of its fat, which isn’t too overpowering, along with the meat’s fragrance? The 94-hin Tabehodai Course (all-you-can-eat course with 94 items included) (4,298 JPY (incl. tax)) is highly recommended for those that want to enjoy Omi beef to their heart’s content. You’ll also get to have unlimited amounts of other dishes as well, such as kimchi, namul (vegetable dish in Korea), and bibimbap! An a la carte menu that includes dishes like the Omi Beef Kalbi (prices start at 410 JPY (incl. tax)) is available as well, so make an order that matches the occasion!
All of the stores listed above have been carefully selected from the many available in Osaka. Each of them has its own particular seasonings and sauces, so choose according to your preferences!
*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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