Osaka's quintessential cuisine is the Kansai style Okonomiyaki, which is a mixture of flour, cabbage and pork is cooked on an iron griddle like a pancake. Sit at the counter and watch the Okonomiyaki being cooked. Select from 3 types of sauces and dig in while it's still hot. Pair your meals with any of the 8 varieties of locally brewed sake, such as the slightly acidic and dry Akishika. They make an excellent companion to Okonomiyaki. Enjoy Kansai's soul food to your heart's content.
"Known throughout the country as Osaka's comfort food, Takoyaki's origins are right here at this restaurant.
The founder added some beef and konnyaku in a wheat flour batter and created the Rajioyaki, which became the base for octopus toppings that eventually morphed into Takoyaki. The Takoyaki, with its strong Dashi soy flavor, is to be enjoyed without sauce or mayonnaise. It is hard to stop eating these small, bite size pieces you can pop into your mouth. Watch the cooking process unfold as the chef rolls the dough and cook them. "
Omurice Hokkyokuse is a branch of Hokkyokusei, an establishment famous for its omurice dish (omelet with a filling of ketchup‐seasoned fried rice) with a history of more than 90 years. The standard Chicken Omurice, with its soft egg texture and special sauce creating a delicate balance, earned its reputation as the taste that represents Osaka. One mouthful and you are bound to agree. Check out Omurice's extensive menu, as well as specials available only at this branch. Most items are available for take out.
In a city teeming with gourmet food, one enduring local favorite is Takoyaki. Kukuru is a famous Takoyaki joint, with the original restaurant located in Osaka's Dotombori where competition is fierce among the finest restaurants. The restaurant takes pride in its Takoyaki, with the large slices of octopus that occupy the soft and creamy innards of a wheat-based batter. Other items on the menu include a chewy textured Yakisoba, rice and octopus cooked in Dashi (Tako rice) and many others that represent Osaka's rich food culture. Available as take out.
"Matsuba specializes in Kushikatsu, an Osaka specialty featuring deep fried beef, seafood, and vegetables
Opened in 1948, the restaurant attracted many loyal customers over the years for its unpretentious style of stand-up dining. Kushikatsu is typically enjoyed in Osaka as an accompaniment to beer or sake, and commuters can be found dining at the restaurant on their way home from work. Diners can choose their Kushikatsu from countertop containers or order separately. The menu is reasonably priced, starting at ¥100 per skewer."
An old Omurice establishment and birthplace, the hugely popular Hokkyokusei's recommendation is the Hashed Beef Omurice. This delicious dish is a combination of Demi-glacé based Hashed beef sauce, chicken rice and fluffy eggs. The restaurant's menu also includes Original Omurice, Mentaiko Omurice and many others that make use of seasonal ingredients. Glass walls offer a view into the kitchen where the chef can show off his performance-style cooking skills.
Kansai's soul food Takoyaki is cooked with wheat flour, eggs, octopus, then after it's grilled, served up with sauce and mayonnaise. This popular haunt among adult diners in Osaka specializes in super creamy Takoyaki featuring large chunks of octopus. From Takoyaki with cheese to the restaurant's original Akashiyaki served with a thick Japanese Dashi-based sauce, the menu is full of variety. Your order is grilled up right in front of you so enjoy some Takoyaki while they're still hot.