After my unintended exploration of the Sakuragawa area (Read here), dinner was a definite yes since I hadn’t eaten since I arrived in Osaka.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to enjoy dinner by myself and I had my good friend, Rumi, to accompany me. Thanks to her, I had a completely different experience in comparison to the one I had in the morning.
The good thing about Sakuragawa station is that it’s situated just a station away from one of the biggest tourist spots in Osaka – Dotonbori. Located at the Namba district, Dotonbori and the areas surrounding it boasts a wide range of both traditional and modern food, and endless shopping streets.
Rumi took me out of Namba station (which is also housed within the biggest Takashimaya mall I’ve ever seen), and into the bustling sights and sounds of Ebisu-bashi-suji, or the beginning of the longest shopping street in that area; quite similar to our Bugis Street. It showcases various japanese fashion, endless cosmetic shops, souvenir shops just to name a few.
Rumi took me out of Namba station (which is also housed within the biggest Takashimaya mall I’ve ever seen), and into the bustling sights and sounds of Ebisu-bashi-suji, or the beginning of the longest shopping street in that area; quite similar to Singapore's Bugis Street. It showcases various Japanese fashion, endless cosmetic shops, souvenir shops just to name a few.
Finally, after walking through the rows of shops, we made it to the area near to the Dotonbori canal.
Rumi took me to this takoyaki shop and the queue was ridiculously long!!
Well worth the wait.
Look at the generosity of the chunks of octopus! My favourite kind of takoyaki are those with an abundance of sauce and Bonito flakes sprinkled over the top. Yum!
The best takoyaki i had ever had.
It was so, so, soft, but still held it’s shape when I picked it up with the chopsticks, a sea of sauce covered it, enough for the amount of takoyaki they gave, and they seriously spammed the fish flakes. What else could I have asked for?
Trust me, my stomach was the happiest at that point. It felt all warm and cosy.
After attempting to not gobble down the deliciousness, Rumi dragged me to try kushi-kastsu, or fried food on skewers.
The rule here is that you can only dip once in the sauce on the table, because it’s shared sauce. Trust me, once is enough.
Details of the place here: Gansokushikatsu Daruma Nanbahonten
This dish was beef slices and tongue stew, and I had it together with ginger ale. For all you beer drinkers, this is really good beer food. And I mean, just sit together chilling with your bros and just going through skewer after skewer of fried goodness.. heaven.
The batter was so light, not greasy AT ALL, and I ordered twice! They fry it right in front of you, and explain the dish to you before you eat it. I had fried bamboo shoots to seafood, to vegetables and they were all.so.good.
We decided to take a walk around the Dotonbori canal to see the iconic Glico man after that.
As I mentioned, it’s a place for both foodies and shopaholics. Walk further away from the H&M building through the shopping street, and you’ll see other brands like Zara and Stradivarius within. Apparently they squeezed Orchard Ion into a street as well.
Of course aside from food, there are other places you can visit in Osaka – Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Tennoji Park. I decided to travel a little distance away to Nara to visit my new friends, the deer and I spent a full day there. It’s going to be in another post though, so stay tuned for that.