Googling for good food in Japan is extremely hard – firstly tripadvisor and travel bloggers recommend expensive tourist traps and secondly Japanese food blogs, well, are in Japanese. The best restaurants are not in the popular tourist places but rather the cramp, most dingy looking stores. In the 6 months during my stay in Japan, the best food I had was actually on the road to Kansai University (NOT Kansai Gaidai University) with the street lined with small cramped shops and hole in the wall places. Here are a few of my favourites:
Err I actually had no idea what this place was called until just then when I zoomed into my picture – apparently it’s called Musouya. This small store has a bar-like table which houses about 15 people where you basically get in, eat your food and get out – this isn’t a place for socialising :P
I always get the 500 Yen ramen (~$5 AUD) and again I had no idea what it was called but it completely hits the spot. Thick flavoursome pork broth filled with very firm noodles (just the way I like it), served with a slice of pork, seaweed, hardboiled egg and veggies. I swear this was one of the few sources of veggie intake I had and the only reason I ate it was because it was covered and infused with the delicious broth. If that’s not filling enough you also get a bowl of rice for free.
Omakara – I think everyone I had met had fallen in love with this store. During lunch times you would see the line snaking outside onto the road.
My go to favourite is the chibi kara don – tiny pieces of chicken deep fried, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce, topped with seaweed, spring onions and shredded cabbage and served on a bed of Japanese rice. All this for 350 Yen (~$4 AUD) – they’re quite large serves as well and they don’t skimp on the meat.
Chibi Kara Don
Chibi Karakare Don (curry with small karaage with rice)
For some authentic Osaka okonomiyaki give Kyabetsu a try. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake filled with whatever you like – cabbage, bacon, squid etc grilled on a hot plate. The hot plate actually was a giant table that curved around the store where the okonomiyaki would be placed right in front of you once the chef was done. A giant tub of kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise) is also at hand to squeeze over your meal.
There’s not much else around the neighbourhood unless you’re a uni student but if I was a dedicated foodie soul I would make the detour to try the amazing food. To get here you have to take the Hankyu line to Kandai-mae (make sure the train is going towards Kita-senri) with it being about a 20-30 mins ride from Umeda. For more detailed directions on how to get there, check out the PDF link (How to get to food in Kandaimae Station) or feel free to contact me via email or comment :)