My dad claimed that he will “never get sick of Japanese food”, and I finally discovered why this bold statement holds some truth. Earlier in the year, I said that I didn’t know anyone who doesn’t like Japanese food; it’s because there are so many kinds. In Tokyo, we had yakitori, sushi and soba. This time around, we ate completely different things that are all within walking distance from one another. So if you find yourself in Namba, here are five places that will save you from an empty stomach from morning till midnight.
BREAKFAST. If I could only get one thing from this cafe it would have to be the cinnamon donuts. They’re made by batch, which is perfect for the cold weather because you always eat them warm. My brothers ordered pancakes, and my mom and I got lattes to go with our donuts. Starbucks is overrated; have breakfast here instead 🙂
LUNCH. There’s no question as to why the line for Ichiran is so long. Might I say that they have a very efficient system. You’re given a sheet of paper to choose your ramen, you’re directed to a vending machine to order other things to go with it, and then you’re brought to an elevator to get to your table. I’m not very fond of ramen, but for some reason I really enjoyed my meal.
SNACK/MERIENDA. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack comprised of a wheat-based batter, green onion, pickled ginger, and the main ingredient, octopus. We actually do not know the name of this food stall because it is in Japanese. Just look for a giant red octopus beside the river! Also, look for a very long line because this is the most famous takoyaki place in Osaka.
DINNER. In my opinion, the best japanese beef in the world is matsusaka beef; it’s unbelievably soft and melts in your mouth. Matsusakagyu Yakiniku is on the pricey side because of it’s world class matsusaka, but we ate here for my brother’s birthday dinner (Beef and rice is their favorite combo). Family favorites were chateaubriand and tenderloin. I wasn’t craving for beef that night and luckily, they served chicken too. Another plus point for this restaurant is that customer service is phenomenal. They’re extremely friendly; they even went out of their way to buy my brothers crepe cake 🙂
DESSERT. You’re all in luck because Pablo is open in Manila too! They’re best known for their plain cheese tart, but the cheese tart minis are even better. My personal favorite was the premium cheese tart. It’s like a creme brule and cheesecake wrapped in one. (Sorry, no pictures for that one).
DESSERT 2. There’s no name for this one again, sorry! I can’t help but scout for Japanese cheesecakes because I personally like them much better than New York or european ones. This one is a lot softer, lighter and equally as good.
Osaka Food Finds complete. You can never go wrong with Japanese food 🙂