A Deep Street for Fun Barhopping! 8 Affordable and High-Level Shops in Temma
Temma is a district in Osaka that is just a train stop away from JR Osaka Station. It may be famous for Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, Japan’s longest shopping street, but it has also become a popular area that is filled with affordable and high-level shops where you can drink alcoholic beverages from noon and go on fun barhopping escapades with your group on the weekend. Here are eight of the well-known shops in Temma that you have to visit at least once when you tour the region! (The information and prices in this article come from the June 17th, 2016 edition of Osaka Kanko Walker and the July 22nd, 2016 edition of Umeda Walker.)
SAKETORY, a yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) shop that is within a short walking distance from JR Temma Station, was opened under the motto “cheap and tasty” by its manager who had worked at various yakitori shops in Tokyo and Osaka. Here, the menu may be basic, but you will be surprised at the freshness and different taste of the chicken meats as they have passed a careful selection process, including the liver and offal sourced from all over Japan and then tasted and compared before they are used in the dishes.
The dishes in the photo are the “Kimo Special” (front left, 183 JPY per stick) and “Kushiyaki Omakase Goshu” (front right, 670 JPY). The “Kimo Special” features lightly grilled fatty liver that is so fresh it can be used for sashimi. Its strong flavor lacks the typical offal smell, and its rare texture will probably change the way you think of liver!
Inside, the shop is filled with a chic atmosphere. On the racks on the wall are local alcohols that are the pride of this shop. You can even watch as they grill the food on the counter. “We have a collection of famous drinks that will satisfy even the connoisseurs, such as the Japanese sake from Aramasa Brewery. There are also sets for tasting and comparing drinks,” said Yosuke Matsuda, the shop’s manager.
Yakiniku Gyofu was opened by its owner, who worked at the extremely famous “yakiniku” (Korean-style grilled meats) shop called Korai that is operated in Imabari by his relatives, together with his parents. It boasts of serving the “Gokyoku Deji-Kalbi” (super-thick Korean-style marinated ribs) that is covered in the shop’s homemade fruity sauce and is good for 2-3 persons. Try it with any of the wide array of local alcohol from various parts of Japan.
The “Gokyoku Deji-Kalbi” (1,296 JPY, or 1,620 JPY for set with wrapping vegetables) comes with 250g of kalbi that is about 3cm thick. While the meat may be very thick, it has hidden cuts inside, so you’ll be shocked at how tender it is! Try to eat it by wrapping the meat in the vegetables and then dipping it in the sweet vinegar sauce! Mitsutaka Matsubara, owner of the restaurant, said that, “We have faithfully recreated the authentic Korean-style barbecue. Please enjoy our thick pork meats that are characterized by their unique thickness and size.”
Aside from the semi-private rooms for four people, there are also huge tatami (straw floor covering) rooms with a horigotatsu (sunken table) that can fit up to 19 guests.
Yakitonya Tayutayu Temma Shop
Yakitonya Tayutayu Temma Shop became famous for “yakiton” (grilled pork skewer) made by grilling the giblets of Chamiton pork from Kagoshima. It has also earned a good reputation for such dishes as the “yakiton” wherein the pork is flavored with three types of sauces and rock salt according to the part of pork used, and the “motsu nikomi” (stewed giblets) using red miso that is cooked for five hours. Its other main appeal is its transformation into a shop where guests can drink alcohol over lunch on Sundays and holidays.
In the photo are the “Yakiton” (front, prices start at 130 JPY per stick), “Meibutsu Motsu Nikomi” (special stewed giblets) (back left, 380 JPY), and the “Maze Hormone no Yukhoe” (a mix of seasoned offal topped with egg yolk) (back right, 580 JPY). At this restaurant, you can enjoy 20 types of “yakiton,” including the rare pork parts such as the popular “Tokujo Gatsu” (special pork stomach) (210 JPY). The “Maze Hormone no Yukhoe,” which is cooked at a low temperature, is also a highlight of this spot. Kenji Kawamura, a restaurant staff member, said that, “The skewered “yakiton” changes the balance of the tastes of the tip that has an impact and the base that is easy to eat. Try to eat and compare them.”
This is the “Buta no Torobi Sashimori Sanshu” (780 JPY). The meats here are prepared through the restaurant’s proprietary cooking method in order to make them taste like sashimi. You will surely enjoy the texture of the pork offal and love the simple taste that does not hinder the natural flavors of the meat.
Temma Sakagura is one of the few veteran popular izakaya (tavern) that are found in the neighborhood of Temma. It is characterized by the eel-like long and narrow design of its shop, and the low prices of its drinks, with the draft beer, “shochu” (white distilled alcohol) and most Japanese sake costing less than 350 JPY here. It is also known for the perfect handling of drunken persons that is both kind and quick, as done by its unpretentious previous and current proprietresses.
Located in Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, the taproom mood is in full swing at this tavern from lunchtime. It competes in the tavern game with its low prices and delicious tastes, along with the popular and common people mood! Here, the Temma Sakagura Highball that has a relatively high alcohol content costs 340 JPY only. Kumiko Oka, its proprietress, claimed that, “We open at 11:00 am, so drinking over lunch is OK, too. You can take your time in drinking, or you can drink just a glass. The high degree of freedom that we offer our customers is also one of our major selling points.”
This is the “Kizushi” (200 JPY), a classic dish at this shop that has continued to be served since it was established. Customers are raving about the delicious, sharp taste of the pickled mackerel!
Ketobashiya Champion Temma Shop
Ketobashiya Champion Temma Shop is the much-awaited second branch of a famous shop in Fukushima that was opened in at the fierce battleground of Temma. Here, customers get to enjoy fresh horse meat that is directly shipped from Kumamoto, as well as savor the perfect marriage of dishes with wine. They have a collection of dishes with Western-style flavors that go well with wine.
These are the Yukhoe (left, 680 JPY) and the “Umasashi Moriawase” (right, 1,780 JPY). Savor the taste of fresh horsemeat that is low in fat and high in nutrients.
Hormone Ogawashoten Tengo Shop
Hormone Ogawashoten Tengo Shop offers a guaranteed freshness on its meats similar to its No.1 branch in Nihonbashi that is dedicated to grilled offal. It also specializes in wines and cheeses, so after you eat yakiniku, you can have fun with a glass of wine in one hand. You will also enjoy great banter with the cheerful staff.
This is the Cheese Fondue with baguette that costs 500 JPY. Sit on the counter and engage in a conversation with the staff.
You can play darts at the back of the shop. High scores will earn you free stuff.
Luv wine is a wine bar that offers nine select wines that change every week. At the wine room on the second floor, there are about 80 kinds of wines constantly in stock. Customers also get to enjoy about 30 dishes, from light snacks up to desserts. The terrace area that resembles an open-air cafe is also getting rave reviews.
Inside this shop, you will feel a fancy atmosphere that resembles that of European courtyards. There are also counter seats, so even women who are alone would feel at ease.
This is the “Fuwafuwa Koebi no Mousse – Baguette Soe” (fluffy shrimp mousse with baguette) (518 JPY) that comes with the abundant flavors of shrimp.
Tajimaya is a bar known for its extremely low prices, a place where customers can drink beer from early in the morning at just 378 JPY and above, or enjoy other alcoholic beverages at prices that are virtually on the same level. What really makes this tavern is the exceptional delicious taste of its ala carte dishes, something you don’t really expect at such surprisingly low prices. It also offers an excellent ambiance similar to one of a popular saloon.
This paradise for drinkers starts serving drinks at 9:00 am and sees an endless line of drunken customers until late at night.
This is the “Kimchi Tempura” (410 JPY) that is made in such a way as to bring out the moderate spiciness and acidity of the “hakusai kimchi” (Chinese cabbage kimchi)
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 04.25.2017]
*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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