Kansai Soul Food: Okonomiyaki in Osaka Kansai Soul Food: Okonomiyaki in Osaka

Kansai Soul Food: Okonomiyaki in Osaka


2018.05.28

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Kansai Soul Food: Okonomiyaki in Osaka
  • Okonomiyaki, the pancake of yam flour, bacon, cabbage, and… well, anything else, really from cheese to curry is the topic of some debate between partisans of regional variations. Some prefer the way it’s done in Hiroshima a layer of batter is hit with a hefty scoop of cabbage and then stacked with layers of pork belly and other ingredients before it receives another squirt of batter and a topping of noodles or even the slippery Tokyo take, monjayaki, but, facts are facts: the true home of okonomiyaki is Osaka. Unlike Hiroshima, the ingredients are mixed throughout the batter, rather than layered, and unlike Tokyo, the outside is cooked crisp and the interior heated to perfect, tender doneness. No trip to Osaka is complete without dipping into one of these local favorites.

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    Teppan EF

    Teppan EF offers their take on okonomiyaki in an upscale yet inviting dining room located in Kyobashi, a business district in the city’s Joto Ward. Teppan EF is a relative newcomer, opening in 2013 to immediate acclaim for their more subtle and carefully presented version of Kansai soul food.

    Teppan EF

    Teppan EF

    The okonomiyaki at Teppan EF doesn’t veer too far from the true path, but this is certainly one of the more refined versions that one can find in the city: thin, deceptively light, and prepared with the same elegance and attention that the skilled chefs bring to the shop’s menu of upscale takes on the standard teppanyaki menu. An added bonus: among okonomiyaki shops, there’s little doubt that Teppani EF has one of the best wine lists.

    京橋 テッパン食堂 EF
    place
    大阪府大阪市都島区東野田町1-20-12 共栄キョウバシセンタービル1F
    phone
    0663537780
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    Teppan Rest

    Teppan Rest

    Teppan Rest

    Nestled in Nakazakicho, a neighborhood that has been compared to Brooklyn’s gentrified hipsterhood of Williamsburg, Teppan Rest is a charming, no nonsense shop that hits all the right notes: true soul food, warm service with a personal touch, and the atmosphere of a local neighborhood spot.

    Teppan Rest

    Teppan Rest

    Teppan Rest doesn’t yet have the profile of local okonomiyaki heavyweights but the heart and soul poured into the batter make it worth the trip, and it makes a good beginning or end they’re open late to an evening exploring the back streets of Nakazakicho.

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    Ajinoya

    Ajinoya

    Ajinoya

    Ajinoya can undeniably be categorized as one of the aforementioned heavyweights of the local okonomiyaki scene. There are many reasons that Ajinoya is able to command lengthy queues out front and a coterie of passionate local customers, as well as a coveted mention in the Michelin Guide, but suffice to say: they are very good at what they do, which is a divinely pillowy, soufflé like okonomiyaki studded with pork and seafood.

    味乃家
    place
    大阪府大阪市中央区難波1-7-16
    phone
    0662110713
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    Fukutaro

    Fukutaro

    Fukutaro

    Fukutaro is another Osaka institution, known for busting out homey okonomiyaki for packed dining rooms. Like Ajinoya, local and international acclaim means that getting a seat at the griddle can sometimes involve a wait but there’s no question it’s worth it. Not planning a romantic evening? The negiyaki incorporates what seems like a half ounce of green onion into the traditional okonomiyaki. Otherwise, try the more conventional buta tama with its hefty portion of fatty pork.

    Fukutaro
    rating

    4.5

    281 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sennichimae 2-3-17
    phone
    0666342951
    opening-hour
    [Weekday]17:00-24:30(L.O.23:…
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    Tekoya

    Tekoya

    Tekoya

    For okonomiyaki on the run, hit Tekoya’s quick service location in Sakai. The pancakes are cooked a la minute, as they should be, and the price is unbeatable. For just over 1000 yen, one can walk away with a decked out okonomiyaki, a plate of yakisoba and six takoyaki.

    Tekoya Shirasagi Ekimae
    rating

    4.0

    1 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Sakai-shi Higashi-ku Shirasagicho 1-cho 1-2
    phone
    0722538888
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