Osaka Affordable Gourmet

Osaka is famous in Japan as a foodie’s paradise, but in this teeming commercial center and former merchant town, high quality and bargain prices go hand in hand.

Osaka’s best-known dish is okonomiyaki. A kind of Japanese pancake containing diced meat and cabbage and flavored with Worcestershire sauce, okonomiyaki is usually cooked by the customers themselves at tableside hotplates. A good place to try it is at Okonomiyaki Kiji, one of many restaurants in the Umeda Sky Building basement, decorated to resemble a Japanese village of the 1920s and ‘30s.

Osaka also boasts its own style of sushi, oshi-zushi, made by compressing rice and fish in a wooden mold and served at long-standing restaurants like Yoshino Sushi. Other popular local dishes include takoyaki, dumplings filled with octopus and eaten as a snack, and kitsune udon, thick Japanese noodles served with sweetened deep-fried tofu. And of course, there are also countless yakitori-ya serving skewers of grilled chicken, ramen shops, and restaurants popular with office workers.

Good hunting grounds for cheap eats include the vast underground shopping arcades in Umeda and central Osaka and the vast food emporiums of department stores. Most atmospheric, however, is Dotombori, a pedestrian lane lined with restaurants and drinking establishments.

Okonomiyaki Kiji
Umeda Sky Building basement
1-1-88 Oyodo-naka
Tel 06/6440-5970

Yoshino Sushi
3-4-14 Awaji-machi
Tel 06/6231-7181

43 comments
Bunny Tennen
Bunny Tennen

I make Okonomiyaki at home for my friends, now!

Joshua Dalitz
Joshua Dalitz

osaka ze aishiteru yo! okonomikyaki totemo oishii desu!!!!!

Billy Kile
Billy Kile

tha fk is that garbage lmfao gross, yes?

Jose Lira
Jose Lira

There was a place by us that made very good Osakan okonomiyake, Yum! sad to say that no longer there.

Iannina Falco
Iannina Falco

Ho visto il polpo e questo mi basta. Spettacolare!

Wm Däch VVeeks
Wm Däch VVeeks

"There is no substitute for okonomiyaki." - Beethoven Actual sign in Amerikamura.

Stephanie Wong
Stephanie Wong

Jonathan Ellgen : *drooling* I'll definitely have okonomiyaki in Osaka!! hehe~~

Alan Cernak
Alan Cernak

the lunchtime street food carts in osaka are the best...look in the blocks around umeda station for terrific prices and variety..

Brooke Fromm-Sarto
Brooke Fromm-Sarto

Okonomiyaki is seriously the most delicious thing I have eaten in Osaka. I wish there was a place that serves it where I live

Alanah Lee
Alanah Lee

;o; i don't care if it's squid-- or has tentacles-- THAT LOOKS SO DELICIOUS

Lauren McVicar
Lauren McVicar

what is it, looks like an awesome burger of sorts

Eva Bellagamba
Eva Bellagamba

we will be in OSAKA in November!!! wow looking forward for it!!!

Todd Hanson
Todd Hanson

Okonomiyaki! We just made this over the weekend :)

Steven T Austin
Steven T Austin

I definitely wish I could find this in Atlanta easily...

Ian David Fraser
Ian David Fraser

I can't wait, Taking the wife to Tokyo and Osaka! Gotta try this...

Connie Chan
Connie Chan

i knew it was an okonomiyaki!!!! I want to try one soo bad;y xI

LucyBelle Pea
LucyBelle Pea

I dunno exactly what this is--but it looks gooooooooood! :D