Dining in “The Nation’s Kitchen”
Osaka, the capital of western Japan has an excellent reputation for food, formerly known as the ‘Kitchen of the Nation’, while still holding an emphasis on good value for its unique culinary culture. The city proliferates with restaurants from luxurious five stared dining restaurants to budget, yummy, local Okonomiyaki stalls, the city has it all. Choosing a restaurant to eat at can get hectic with the immense array of dinners to choose from so we’ve listed down the best spots to dine at when you’re visiting the City of Kuidaore! (Translating to; the City of ‘eat till you drop!’).
Sushi, Being the most famous dish outside of the country while being equally popular among the locals as well, is served fresh, semi-raw and cooked with an unparalleled quality that’s exclusive to the Japanese. Even though a platter of sushi can be easily found outside of Japan, it is most definitely worth travelling to the country for the sole purpose of indulging in their sushi’ that are cooked with the perfect bit of simplicity, presentation and the right amount of freshness. Albeit to being available throughout Osaka in wholesale supermarkets to low-budget road sided stalls and high-end sushi restaurants, the yummiest sushi in terms of quality and freshness is known to be found at a small restaurant called “Koyoshi Sushi” located on Shibata Kita-Ku, Osaka, just a three-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda station. Run by just a husband and his wife, they serve the freshest, yummiest (and not to mention the cheapest) Sushi, Unagi (eel) and anago (conger eel), while holding the most welcoming, homely atmosphere throughout Osaka!
Considered to be a restaurant among the highly rated, Mizuno is the oldest Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant in the whole of Osaka. Their most popular dish, the Yamaimo-yaki (Yam flavoured Okonomiyaki) has been an all-time favourite ever since the 1940s. The dough in usual Okonomiyaki’s are naturally made of flour and eggs albeit to the dough in Mizuno’s Yamaimo-yaki that’s replaced with yam instead of flour to enhance its texture giving it a more fluffy, soft feel and not to mention the yams sweetish flavor going together almost perfectly with the tender slices of pork and vegetables served atop the cakes, giving Mizuno their own special take on the dish. Although known to be crowded and its queues stretched far, it’s definitely worth the wait that’s situated on Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka Prefecture.
Known to be one of Osaka’s highly regarded takoyaki restaurants, takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of wheat flour-based batter that’s typically filled with minced or diced octopus. Yamachan, however, stands where it is today due to a distinctive taste in their dough that’s made by blending chicken soup stock with fruits and vegetables to their dough before being cooked on a special takoyaki pan at immense heats perfecting the tako-ball to a unique ‘crispy-outside but creamy-inside texture’. Yamachan serves their takoyaki’s with soy-sauce and ponzu (a citrus-based sauce) that goes well with reasonably priced octopus balls filled with gooey, fresh insides all generously topped with Negi (green onions). The Yamachan main store is located on Abenosuji Abeno-Ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture.