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Top 5 Gyukatsu in Osaka That Are Worth Lining Up For
Gyukatsu (fried beef cutlets) is becoming so popular even on the international scale to the point that shops have started springing up in Korea and Taiwan. They are an unforgettable treat, with a crispy outside and a soft, lightly cooked center. This article will introduce you to 5 of the best shops in Osaka where you can eat this must-eat delicacy!
1. Fuji Nippombashi
Fuji is located a 3-minute walk from Namba Station and Nippombashi Station. It is located in an area known as Uranamba, the backstreets of Osaka's Namba district, which is home to a vast range of dining and drinking establishments. Fuji's gyukatsu are a true delicacy and are gently fried to a similar degree as rare steak, protecting the taste of the meat. Their Fuji Oroshi contains a mix of grated daikon radish mixed with wasabi, a combination that goes perfectly together. The Shimo-furi Roast Beef Gyukatsu Deluxe Meal (1,280 JPY and up), with its juicy beef flavors that spread throughout your mouth, and the Beef Fillet Cutlet Deluxe Meal (1,380 JPY and up), with its healthy lean meat, are both popular staples at this restaurant. They also have a new offering which allows patrons to dip their cutlets into cheese, the Bossam Cheese Fondue and Gyukatsu Meal (1,780 JPY).
2. SATSUMA Yodobashi Umeda Branch
SATSUMA is conveniently located a 2-minute walk from Osaka Station and a 3-minute walk from Umeda Station. Here you can enjoy both beef and pork options with their gyukatsu and tonkatsu. The wide, open space has wooden interiors and a Japanese-style atmosphere. The gyukatsu (1,480 JPY (excl. tax)) are famous, with their crispy outer coating and lightly cooked inside, the kind of delicious food that can only be enjoyed at a fried cutlet restaurant. Moreover, this restaurant is home to the first dish in the whole Kansai Region that allows patrons to sample both beef and pork cutlets together, so make sure to try their Gyukatsu and Tonkatsu with Pork from Kirifuri Highlands Half Set (1,580 JPY (excl. tax))!
3. Katsuma Whity Umeda Branch
This restaurant is located a 5-minute walk from Higashi Umeda Station. Katsuma specializes in fried cutlets and is renowned for its original sauce. The inside of the restaurant is bright and gives off a sense of cleanliness. Patrons can choose from tables or semi-private booths that are perfect for families. These thick cutlets are fried in oil at 375 degrees F, giving rise to a crispy coating. After just one bite, the delicious taste of the meat will fill your mouth. The Handcrafted Gyukatsu Meal (1,480 JPY and up (excl. tax)) allows you to pick from three different volumes of meat. There is also all-you-can-eat mentaiko (pollack roe) from Hakata and cabbage, so you'll definitely be leaving with a full stomach.
HISHIMEKIYA is in a convenient location attached to Namba Station and is a Western themed restaurant centered around meat dishes. The meat shop connected to the restaurant features the finest cuts of beef lined up in its window, and Hishimekiya uses these carefully selected meats in their excellent dishes, which could only be created with the fine eye of the butchers. The most popular dish served here is the Tender Gyukatsu Made with Premium Japanese Beef (1,380 JPY (incl. tax)). It is only offered to 30 lucky customers a day (15 at lunch and 15 at dinner). Using only the most tender cuts of beef, this dish goes perfectly with the accompanying demi-glace sauce that was brewed for over a week. For an additional 180 JPY, patrons can get either a portion of rice, or a bread and soup combo with their cutlet.
Romantei is located 1 minute on foot from Osaka Station. The restaurant was founded 38 years ago, and they don't use suppliers to procure their meat. They're known for their professionally curated cuts of beef, rich and flavorsome rice, and secret dipping sauce. One particularly spectacular dish leverages the highest quality ingredients to make a beefsteak that has the best balance of everything. This delicacy is said to bring the customers "a little slice of joy." The Osaka Gyukatsu Meal (1,280 JPY (incl. tax)) comes recommended with three different flavors to enjoy: first by simply enjoying the flavors of beefsteak, then adding condiments to it, and lastly with rice and stock poured over it.
You'll want to go to these 5 restaurants even if you have to line up to get in! You can enjoy a range of different flavors at these restaurants, from grated radish and wasabi, to homemade demi-glace sauce. They are all located in convenient spots so be sure to stop by in between sightseeing!
*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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