Category Archives: Restaurant Review

Kukuru (Universal Citywalk): Osaka 2017

We probably all know takoyaki (round balls of grilled batter stuffed with pieces of octopus) from street vendors at night markets. But in Japan (and particularly Osaka), these hot and puffy treats are serious business.
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Eggs ‘n Things (Universal Citywalk): Osaka 2017

Our first encounter with Eggs ‘n Things was many years ago in Hawaii and what an experience it was! For someone who loves breakfast, Eggs ‘n Things is a dream come true.
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Kobeya Yakiniku (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

The Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka is not just a place where you can find tasty seafood… they also have a good selection of fresh Kobe beef and Wagyu beef. What’s the difference you may ask? Well, all Kobe beef is Wagyu but not all Wagyu beef is Kobe. In other words, Wagyu beef refers to Japanese cattle while Kobe beef is a particular strain of Wagyu beef that’s raised in the Hyogo prefecture (Kobe is the capital of Hyogo).
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Kuromon Furusato (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

Snacks abound at the Kuromon Ichiba Market and Kuromon Furusato is a stall where you can find an endless supply of deep-fried foods.
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Mitoya (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

Ahhhh, mochi! For those of you who are unfamiliar, mochi is a rice “cake” made from glutinous rice that’s been pounded and molded into shape and which has a distinctive chewiness to it.
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Marusho Suisan (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

Kuromon Ichiba Market is a popular covered market in Osaka (along the same lines as Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo). For my money, I much preferred Kuromon over Tsukiji but let’s focus on Marusho Suisan for the moment. Now, you’re not going to see an English name for this shop.
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Ramen Shitenno: Osaka 2017

If you’re looking for food in Osaka, you only have to head over to the Dotonbori area where you’ll find rows upon rows of restaurants to satisfy your hunger. It’s especially lively during the night when all of the neon signs light up the pedestrian streets.
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Pablo Dotonbori: Osaka 2017

For whatever reason, cheese has never been a big thing in Chinese cuisine. Personally, I love cheese… mac n’ cheese, cheesesteak, cheesecake? Yup. So, it’s nice to know that cheese seems to be a big hit in Japan. After grabbing some Japanese cheesecake, we stopped by Pablo in Dotonbori. This bustling cafe is famous for their creamy cheese tarts.
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Uncle Rikuro’s Cheesecake: Osaka 2017

Our first introduction to Japanese cheesecake was at the Uncle Tetsu’s in Waikiki. If you’ve never tried Japanese cheesecake before, you have to understand that it’s not like the kind of cheesecake that you get in a western bakery. It’s much lighter and fluffier and just melts in your mouth.
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Yokozuna Tsutenkaku Shop: Osaka 2017

On our first full day in Osaka in November, we decided to mainly stick with touristy spots. So after our visit to Osaka Castle, we headed to Tsutenkaku Tower and the surrounding Shinsekai district of Naniwa-ku. Shinsekai is known for their kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers of meat and veggies) so we figured Yokozuna Tsutenkaku Shop would be a good place to grab a light lunch.
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St. Marc Cafe (Kitahama): Osaka 2017

We first fell in love with St. Marc Cafe during our first visit to Japan last year. Fortunately for us, there was a St. Marc Cafe located right next to our hotel in Osaka.
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Penang Bistro: Solid Malaysian Food

We’ve always been a fan of Malaysian food. That’s why it’s surprising that we’ve never heard of Penang Bistro on Fraser before (on the same block as Earnest Ice Cream). Based on the name, I wasn’t sure if they are related to Penang Delight… but they do seem to share some similarities.
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