10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka

Publish-date: Dec 25 2019 Update-date: Jun 04 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka

Good food is an essential part of traveling. Known as the city where you "eat until you drop", Osaka is home to numerous food-enthusiasts and offers a large variety of specialties, among which takoyaki and okonomiyaki are just the tip of the iceberg. This article provides a list of 10 dishes and restaurants you can't miss in the gourmet city of Osaka.

1. [Kushiage] Kushinobo Osaka Hozenji Main branch (Namba)

1. [Kushiage] Kushinobo Osaka Hozenji Main branch (Namba)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
[Kushiage] are skewers of vegetables, meat, or seafood breaded and deep-fried. It is another staple dish of Osaka. Kushinobo is one of the most popular restaurants in Osaka that serves up kushiage. The top recommended item is [Green Asparagus], fried whole until nice and crispy. The beautiful golden breading and the crunchy texture of the asparagus result in an absolutely delicious fried skewer. Their secret sauce, which takes 4 days to make, is spectacular as well! Inside the restaurant you'll find decorative folk crafts as well as a relaxing and quiet atmosphere.

Kushinobo Osaka Hozenji Main branch

Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY
Access: 4 minutes walk from Namba Station on Osaka Municipal Subway. Exit to the Dotonbori side, then in the west of [Round One Sennicchimae branch]
Address: 1-5-6, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka city, Osaka (Map)
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2. [Tecchiri] Kuromon Hamato (Kintetsu-Nippombashi)

2. [Tecchiri] Kuromon Hamato (Kintetsu-Nippombashi)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
Osaka's original [Tecchiri] is a stew made from fugu (pufferfish), which is considered a top-class fish, and grilled vegetables boiled together in dashi (broth) and served with ponzu (a blend of yuzu juice and soy sauce) or other dipping sauces. It's a superb delicacy perfect for the cold winter. Located inside Kuromon Market, the kitchen of Osaka, the historical Kuromon Hamato makes its incredibly huge tecchiri with high-grade domestically-produced tiger globefish. After you get your fill of fugu and fresh vegetables soaked in the rich broth, the best way to finish off and enjoy the umami (Japanese savory taste) of fugu is to add some delicious zosui (rice porridge). Order the [Hama] course, and for as little as 5,500 JPY you'll get to savor boiled fugu, tessa (fugu sashimi), karaage (deep-fried chicken) and tecchiri all toghether!

Kuromon Hamato

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 8:45 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nihombashi Station on Kintetsu Nanba Line. 3 minutes walk from Nihombashi Station on Osaka Municipal Subway Sennichimae Line/Sakaisuji Line.  
Address: 1-21-8, Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map)
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3. [Offal] Fukushige Horumon Osaka-shinmachi Branch (Yotsubashi)

3. [Offal] Fukushige Horumon Osaka-shinmachi Branch (Yotsubashi)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
The term "hormone" in Japan refers to tripe, large intestine, skirt and other offal, which grilled "yakiniku-style" are a true treat for the palate! If you come to Osaka to try hormone, Fukushige Horumon comes highly recommended. Established in a renovated kominka (old traditional house), this place will give you the opportunity to savor super fresh offal of beef brands like A4 rank Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) produced in Kagoshima Prefecture. Their most popular item is definitely the skirt steak, and it's so unbelievably delicious that it's actually called "the illusionary skirt steak". Its characteristic tenderness matches divinely with the homemade sauce and white rice. Another reason for its popularity is the voluminous serving you get for a very reasonable price.

Fukushige Horumon Osaka-shinmachi Branch

Open: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (last order 14:00), Dinner 17:00-00:00 (last order 23:30)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: One minute walk from Yotsubashi Station on the Osaka Subway Yotsubashi Line.
Address: 1-8-9 Shinmachi , Nishi-ku, Osaka, Osaka (Map)
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4. [Yakiniku] Yakiniku Rikimaru Umeda Ohatsu Tenjin branch (Higashi-Umeda)

4. [Yakiniku] Yakiniku Rikimaru Umeda Ohatsu Tenjin branch (Higashi-Umeda)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
The evolution of BBQ in Japan took its own course with the creation of [Yakiniku], wherein various meat cuts, like ribs, tongue and loin, mostly from beef, are cooked very simply on a grill. The best part is that seasoning the meat with sauce or salt allows you to enjoy it with several flavors. Boasting a rich menu with over 100 different items, Yakiniku Rikimaru is renowned for its all-you-can-drink yakiniku plans that will make you realize the true meaning of "eat until you drop", the name Osaka is famous for! Regardless of the production area and brand, they carefully select for you the best meat available of the day, so your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!

Yakiniku Rikimaru Umeda Ohatsu Tenjin branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am) [Sunday] 4:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 147 meters walk from Higashi Umeda Station
Address: B1F, Sun Plaza Sonezaki Bldg., 2-8-12, Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka Map
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5. [Ramen] Kappa Ramen Honpo Izumisano Branch (Izumisano)

5. [Ramen] Kappa Ramen Honpo Izumisano Branch (Izumisano)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
[Ramen] consists of cream-colored noodles mainly made from flour and water, soaked in a soy sauce, miso or pork bone-based soup. The flavor can differ completely from bowl to bowl, according to the region and the restaurant. The one you can taste at Izumisano's Kappa Ramen Honpo is a pork bone-based ramen cooked thoroughly for 8 hours. You can choose between a stronger flavor rich in sweet fats, and a light taste enhanced by the umami of seafood. Also, don't miss their hot spicy ramen seasoned with Korean chili pepper.

Kappa Ramen Honpo Izumisano Branch

Open: 11:00 - 04:00 (last order 03:45).
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Izumisano Station on Nankai Main Line
Address: 3-1-7 Ichibanishi, Izumisano , Osaka (Map)
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6. [Takoyaki] Acchichi Dotonbori Main Branch (Namba)

6. [Takoyaki] Acchichi Dotonbori Main Branch (Namba)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
Known as the most representative staple of Osaka, [Takoyaki] are grilled balls made from a flour-based batter stuffed with octopus chunks and condiments such as pickled ginger and green laver. At Acchichi Main Branch, they use a unique homemade blend for both the sauce and the dashi used in the batter. As for the main ingredient, they make sure to use octopus that hasn't been frozen! Apart from soy sauce or the classic takoyaki sauce, you can pick from 8 types of dressings mixed with mayonnaise. If you can't decide, just go for the [Sauce Mayonnaise]! This fruity sauce made from vegetables and fruit enhances the umami of the dashi even more.

[Takoyaki] Acchichi Dotonbori Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Sunday, National Holidays] 9:00 am - 2:00 am
[Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 9:00 am - 3:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: 1,000 JPY
Address: B1F, Jury House Bldg., 7-19, Souemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Map
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7. [Okonomiyaki] Fukutaro (Namba)

7. [Okonomiyaki] Fukutaro (Namba)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
Consisting of a flour and water batter mixed with cabbage and grilled on an iron plate, [Okonomiyaki] is a Japanese savory pancake you can mix with fillings like pork, squid, octopus, cheese or any other ingredient you like. If you're in Osaka and in the mood for fluffy and creamy okonomiyaki, head to Fukutaro. The main branch is constantly crowded with a long line outside, but you can enjoy the same recipe in the casual atmosphere of this restaurant inside a department store in Namba. If you don't know what to pick, the [Mix Tama] (1,420 JPY) is a must-try! Loaded with pork, shrimps and squid, this unmissable delicacy exquisitely brings together the mild flavor of the egg with the sweetness of the cabbage.

[Okonomiyaki] Fukutaro

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 8F, Takashimaya Osaka Branch, 5-1-18, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Map
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8. [Curry Udon] Curry Udon Tachibana (Nagai)

8. [Curry Udon] Curry Udon Tachibana (Nagai)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
Combining curry with udon, a classical Japanese noodle variety, the defining feature of [Curry Udon] is not just its spices, but also its uniqueness due to the Japanese-style broth used in the curry soup. It's so popular that many people go out of their way to visit certain restaurants with the sole purpose of eating curry udon. The [Stone Pot Curry Udon (Normal)] (730 JPY) you can order at Curry Udon Tachibana boasts a fantastic soup made with beef tendon, chicken bones, and vegetables cooked together for 5 hours. It's served in a stone pot so that it stays piping hot until you eat the very last noodle. Be sure to leave some curry soup and add white rice to create a delicious rice porridge!

Curry Udon Tachibana

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:15 am - 9:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 900 JPY
Access: Go east from exit No.4 of [Nagai Station] on Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, turn right at the intersection with the Denny's restaurant, then go straight for approximately 100 meters
Address: 3-7-5-102, Nagai Higashi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka city, Osaka (Map)
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9. [Crab Dishes] Kani Don-ya (Takojizo)

9. [Crab Dishes] Kani Don-ya (Takojizo)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
If you're planning a luxurious dinner in Japan, crab might be what you're looking for! You can enjoy it in many ways, whether it is boiled, grilled, or stewed. Kani Don-ya is a restaurant specialized in crab where you can have red king crab or snow crab depending on what's in season. They offer several courses for you to enjoy with all things crab - tempura, crab grilled on charcoal, nabe (hot pot), and even as rice porridge to finish off your meal. Depending on the content, courses start from 5,500 JPY. If you order the full course, it will cost as little as 8,250 JPY. You'll definitely want to visit it in many different seasons to try the new dishes!

Kani Don-ya

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday *No holidays on December but closed on new year's eve & new year's day
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: 8 minutes walk from Takojizo Station
Address: 2-23-1, Minamiue-machi, Kishiwada, Osaka (Map)
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10. [Curry] Yado Curry Temmabashi Main Branch (Temmabashi)

10. [Curry] Yado Curry Temmabashi Main Branch (Temmabashi)
10 Delicacies and Restaurants You Can't Miss in the Gourmet City of Osaka
Considered a beloved national dish, [Curry] in Japan is usually made with a creamy flour-based roux and large chunks of vegetables and meat. Lately, there are more and more gluten-free curry spots that avoid using flour. Located in Temmabashi, Yado Curry is one of them. Made with 13 different spices, along with Kuroge Wagyu beef tendon and yellow onions, their elaborate roux features a uniquely deep flavor. The toppings available vary on a daily basis, so it's also fun to see what you're going to get.

Yado Curry Temmabashi Main Branch

Open: Lunch 11:40 am - 3:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: Around a 3-minute walk from Exit 4 of [Temmabashi Station] on the Osaka Municipal Subway / Walk 150m from [Temmabashi Station] on the Keihan Electric Railway
Address: B1F, Castle River, 1-5-11, Tani-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka (Map)
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This article introduced some of the major dishes of Osaka and popular restaurants in the area where you can enjoy them for yourself. Don't miss out on them next time you're in town!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Dec 16 2019 Update-date: Jun 04 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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