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Namba, Dotonbori, Umeda! 4 Handpicked Veteran Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki Chains

Okonomiyaki (savory pancake) and takoyaki (octopus dumpling) are so popular and have been gaining tremendous support from tourists lately that if asked what the specialties of Osaka are, your immediate response would probably be these dishes. When choosing shops serving these powder-based dishes, though, you shouldn’t miss the truly qualified, veteran chains. Having said that, here are some of the well-established okonomiyaki and takoyaki chains that offer guaranteed quality or a history of more than 80 years since they opened, where you can enjoy the so-called konamon (food made with flour) culture of Osaka!

Botejyu, the shop that conceived the idea of putting mayonnaise on top

Established in 1946, Botejyu is an okonomiyaki shop whose name came from the terms “bote,” the sound the okonomiyaki makes when flipped with a metal spatula, and “jyu,” the sound it makes when being cooked on an iron plate. It is also said that this shop gave birth to eating okonomiyaki with mayonnaise and mustard on top, something that has become commonplace today.

This is the “Premium Mixed Tsukimiyaki” (1,782 JPY), which is loaded with pork, cuttlefish, shrimp and beef. Smash the sunny-side up egg on top to make it milder in taste!

Botejyu Dotonbori Head Restaurant

2F Comrade Doton Bldg., 1-6-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Aiduya, the home of the original takoyaki with a solid taste in the batter

Aiduya is the inventor of takoyaki. Its first owner developed takoyaki more than 80 years ago based on radioyaki, wherein the dumplings contain meat and konjac, and blended with a hint of akashiyaki (dumplings made of flour, eggs and other ingredients). Here, the takoyaki already have a strong flavor in the batter, so you won’t need to put sauce on top.

The “Ganso Takoyaki 12 Pieces” (500 JPY) does not come with sauce, so the outside is crunchy and the inside is soft and glutinous. You will enjoy the texture up to the last bite.

Aiduya Umeda Shop

Inside Umesan Koji, 3-2-136 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Chibo, a shop that is particular about taste, ingredients and service

Chibo was opened in Sennichimae in 1973. It is known for its obsession about everything, as on top of being particular about the taste that is created from carefully selected ingredients and cooking techniques, it is also fussy about guest reception and other services. You are sure to be satisfied from the time you enter until the time you leave. Chibo is a famous chain that has more than 60 shops all over Japan and overseas.

This is the “Tonboriyaki” (1,620 JPY※May vary depending on the branch), a piece of savory pancake that is filled with pork, squid, small shrimp, cheese and “sujikon” (stewed beef and konjac). It’s very filling!

Chibo Sennichimae Main Shop

Michikaze Bldg. 1-2F, 11-27 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Okonomiyaki Yukari, offering a unique menu

Opened in 1953, Okonomiyaki Yukari has been drawing a lot of attention for its unique okonomiyaki dishes, including the “Osaka Castle” with a diameter of 30cm, and the “Fromage Yaki” that is filled with cheese. This spot is not only a hot okonomiyaki place, but the taste of its dishes also stands out thanks to its obsession about flour, water, eggs and all other ingredients.

This is the “Tokusen Mixed Yaki” (1,180 JPY) that is made with pork, squid and shrimp. It may be orthodox, but the flavors of the ingredients come alive, making the okonomiyaki all the more delicious!

Okonomiyaki Yukari Sonezaki Honten

2-14-13, Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka,

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 04.11.2017]

*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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