Kansai regional dishes in Osaka and Kobe
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In addition to tofu and other Kyoto cuisine, there are many other specialty cuisines that have their origins in the Kansai region. These include kushi-age (deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers); takoyaki (octopus balls); okonomiyaki (savory seafood pancakes); and of course the world-famous Kobe beef.

Takoyaki, Akashiyaki

Takoyaki are balls of fried batter filled with bits of octopus, an inexpensive delicacy of Osaka. Akashiyaki are a Kobe version of this dish with a lighter and fluffier batter, using octopus from the Akashi area.

Bubutei - Takoyaki: Umeda
[ Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
This small shop serves takoyaki and akashiyaki (the Kobe-style version of the dish); take-out is available.
[ Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Takonotetsu - Takoyaki: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed 3rd Monday. ]
Sure you can get takoyaki anywhere in town, but here the metal takoyaki grills are actually built into the tables, and the grills also serve as a motif for the decor here, if it can be called that. ...
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed 3rd Monday. ]
Kitcho - Akashiyaki: Harborland
[ Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Akashiyaki, Kobe's answer to takoyaki, is the local specialty here - bits of tender octopus are whipped up into a light, fluffy egg dumpling and served with a tasty, mushroomy broth. The shop also...
[ Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Tako-no-tsubo - Akashiyaki: Motomachi
[ Open noon-9:45pm (LO) daily. ]
Akashiyaki is a lighter, fluffier version of takoyaki, made with local octopus, and Tako-no-tsubo is an expert in its preparation. The room cozy dining room - usually filled with the aroma of...
[ Open noon-9:45pm (LO) daily. ]

Kushiage

Kushiage (aka kushiyaki) refers to battered and deep-fried food on skewers. Typical ingredients include pork, chicken and other meats; mushrooms, lotus root, and seafood like scallops and shrimp.

Kushinobo - Kushiage: Nagahori
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Good-quality kushiyaki deep-fried skewers from this Tokyo-based chain. Budget around Y2500-3500 at dinnertime.
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Namba
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
It's do-it-yourself deep-fry fun at this popular kushiage chain - pick as many of your favorite skewers as you like along with unlimited side dishes and desserts. Y2625 at dinner, plus an extra...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Suginotama - Kushiage: Shin-Osaka
[ Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Suginotama is a serious sake bar with an impressive selection of limited-edition seasonal bottles, produced by craft breweries around the country. The sake is served in smaller, 90ml tasting-size...
[ Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Iruri - Kushiage: Tennoji
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Kushiage restaurants are one of the attractions of the very down-to-earth bar zone around Shinsekai's Tsutenkaku Tower, and there are a lot to choose from. But while other shops are content to serve...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Kushi no Bo - Kushiage: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Reliable deep-fried meat and seafood skewers from this Tokyo-based shop. Budget around Y5,000 at night, Y1,000 at lunchtime.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Kushiya - Kushiage: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
All-you-can-eat deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables, plus assorted side dishes and desserts, will set you back Y2625 (or Y1575 at lunchtime). There's a two-hour limit, so don't dawdle over the...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Mogami - Kushiage: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Earthen walls with backlit niches and the spacious dining room at Mogami elevate the humble kushikatsu (fried morsels on skewers) to a feast. There are 36 different kinds, from fish to vegetables,...
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Universal Studios
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Kushiya Monogatari Harborland - Kushiage: Harborland
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...
[ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Nishinomiya
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is another inexpensive Osaka favorite - savory pancakes made from flour and eggs and filled with pork, squid, shrimp, shredded cabbage and other ingredients. See the okonimyaki menu article for more details.

Chibo - Okonomiyaki: Namba
[ Open 11am-2am daily. ]
Five floors of okonomiyaki action here at Chibo headquarters overlooking the river. Actually the top floor - called "President Chibo" - specializes in grilled steaks.
[ Open 11am-2am daily. ]
Boteju - Okonomiyaki: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
This national chain prepares good-quality okonomiyaki, yakisoba, "modern-yaki", and interesting five-color "salads" of shredded vegetables. They also do a Hiroshima-style option. Take-out is...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Fugetsu - Okonomiyaki: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Besides the usual okonomiyaki variations, Fugetsu also serves grilled seafood - a combo of octopus tentacles, shrimp, squid and oysters is Y1050.
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Boteju - Okonomiyaki: Nishinomiya
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This national chain prepares good-quality okonomiyaki, yakisoba, "modern-yaki", and interesting five-color "salads" of shredded vegetables. They also offer a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki option.
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]

Kobe beef steaks, teppanyaki

This section covers classic "steak houses" as well as teppanyaki restaurants, which serve full-course meals that include seasonal seafood delicacies in addition to steak.

Ron - Steak house: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
A classic old-style Kansai steakhouse that looks like it was frozen in time at some point in the late 1970s; the picture of Bill Clinton on the wall dates back to when he was a governor. Dinner...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Miyasu - Steak house: Motomachi
[ Open noon-9pm. Closed Sundays. ]
One of Kobe's top-rated places for steaks; full-course dinners start at Y9000, or you can go a la carte.
[ Open noon-9pm. Closed Sundays. ]
Rokudan - Steak house: Motomachi
[ Open 11:30am-8:15pm (LO); lunch to 2pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
One of the better places in town for Kobe beef and other steaks; they also serve shabu-shabu and nabe-style stews. Steak dinners start at Y5200; Kobe beef steaks are Y10,000.
[ Open 11:30am-8:15pm (LO); lunch to 2pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
A-1 - Steak house: Sannomiya
[ Open noon-11pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
The interior here is far from fancy, but the steaks are good and the prices reasonable; full-course Kobe beef steak dinners start at Y6500.
[ Open noon-11pm. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Minami - Teppanyaki: Namba
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Top-quality domestic beef and seasonal seafood dinners start at Y13,860; lunches run from Y5428. The pleasant dining room looks out over the rooftop gardens of the Swissotel directly above Namba...
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Ohnishi - Teppanyaki: Sannomiya
[ Open 5pm-3am. Closed Mondays. ]
An unpretentious steak house with friendly service and the feel of a neighborhood hangout. Multi-course steak dinners start at Y8000, but you can also order steak a la carte (from Y4000) as well as...
[ Open 5pm-3am. Closed Mondays. ]
Itoh Dining - Teppanyaki: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11:30am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Far more affordable than the typical hotel teppanyaki-ya, this attractive department-store shop serves up good-quality seafood, chicken, and of course Kobe beef. The steak lunch is just Y1260, and a...
[ Open 11:30am-9pm (LO) daily. ]

Tofu and Kyoto-style cuisine

Umenohana - Tofu: Shinsaibashi
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Excellent home-made tofu is the core of the menu here, with tofu-centered set meals at various price levels (Y4000-10,000).
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Hakkakuan - Tofu: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Tofu and yuba are the specialties here, and the menu offers some unusual dishes like soy-milk cheese fondue, nama-fu and soy-milk gratin, and hot apple pie with soy ice. Lunch sets (from around...
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Umenohana - Tofu: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Excellent home-made tofu is the core of the menu here, with tofu-centered set meals at various price levels (Y4000-10,000).
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Umenohana - Tofu: Kyukyoryuchi
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Excellent home-made tofu is the core of the menu here, with tofu-centered set meals at various price levels (Y4000-10,000). The dining room offers a nice high-rise view over the Kobe waterfront.
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Hakkakuan - Tofu: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Tofu and yuba are the specialties here, and the menu offers some unusual dishes like soy-milk cheese fondue, nama-fu and soy-milk gratin, and hot apple pie with soy ice. You'll also find seasonal...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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