There wasn’t much we did in Osaka. No trips to USJ planned. Osaka Castle checked. Day trip to Nara and Hiroshima done. Ferry trip to Miyajima enjoyed. Shopping nearly done, bags stretched to the max. And so what’s the next best thing? EAT.
Where else? Make way for Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. Got off from Namba Station and quickly found our way to Glico man along the Dotonbori Canal. But that running man interests us NOT. We were more lured towards the strip where you’d find those huge adverts for crabs, octopus, gyoza, and street food galore! I’ve had my takoyaki fix here but won’t rave about it. Nor of the okonomiyaki. The crabs may not be as good as those in Hokkaido — spiny king crabs, snow crabs or horsehair crabs — but they’re still good. And really, I can sniff those crabs — grilled, steamed, boiled, fried or sashimi– a mile away. Heaven.
It was crowded. Like half the tourists are here. Plus the crowd of locals looking for good eats. Steam and smoke and all kinds of food aroma wafting through the Osaka night air. Lines for the takoyaki and okonomiyaki stands are long. The dry food stores are doing brisk business. I bought a couple more boxes of cookies and a couple of bags of crackers here. The street food is mind blowing. Scallops on a grill. Are they as good as their Hokkaido cousins? I’ve tried scallops served in many ways. But eating them fresh, raw it is for me now. FTW! But still, I won’t mind a few grilled pieces. 😘
We also had our wagyu and craft beer fix here. A great find was Matsuzakagyu M in Dotonbori. They have set dinners where you enjoy appetizers before you start grilling yakiniku style your 3 cuts of Matsusaka beef. I ordered a Minoh craft beer to pair with my meat from a beer-fed cow here. Well, if that bovine gets his beer, why not me? Sets you back ¥800 a bottle but we’re on the last leg of our trip so we can throw caution to the wind in so far as budget goes.
Paradise in the city. Food Porn. You know, if you come to Osaka just to shop and dine, you’re fine. And by shopping, I meant shopping for foodstuff. Yeah, it’s all about food. Why ever not? Flight deals are a-plenty and there are good 4* hotels here available at promo rates, if you’re tracking them. So, when are you coming?