Food Travel Adventures By Mark Weins, Travel, Leisure & Photography

Osaka, Japan – Day 4 *Udon Noodles & Unexpected Sake By Mark Weins



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Table of Contents in this Osaka food video:

00:26 Udon Meal at Sanshu (情熱うどん 讃州) – To begin the day we started with a meal at Sanshu (情熱うどん 讃州), an udon restaurant located near Nakatsu Subway station, not too far from Umeda. We arrived right before they opened, so we had to wait until they opened, and we were the first to enter. The menu was mostly in Japanese, but luckily they did have a few photos in their menu, which is what we used to order from. I got the curry udon noodles, and Ying ordered the cold udon noodles. After tasting both, I would have to say Ying made the best decision. Her cold udon noodles were so refreshing and tasted amazing. My curry udon noodles were also good, but not as good as here. Good way to start our day in Osaka, Japan.

5:25 Nakazakicho – After having lunch we decided to walk around an area of town called Nakazakicho, which is an old part of Osaka that is seeing a comeback with lots of small trendy shops and businesses. It’s a really pleasant area of Osaka to walk around with plenty of things to do and see, and there are some good restaurants in the area as well.

6:00 Lumps Coffee – They told me they named their coffee shop about lumps of sugar, but I saw the unique name, and I had to step in for a cup of drip coffee. The coffee was excellent, one of the best cups of coffee I had when I was in Japan. And they owners were very friendly as well.

7:25 Amerika-mura – After spending a few hours back at our apartment and getting some video editing done, we headed out for the night to an area called Amerika-mura, which is also known as Little America. The area is famous for its young nightlife and its Japanese modern culture. It’s kind of like the Harajuku area of Osaka. It was interesting to walk around, and we stopped at Koga-ryu Takoyaki, a famous stall in the area for takoyaki. The takoyaki was not the best we had, but it was alright.

8:45 Shokudo Diner (心斎橋食堂) – We continued walking onto Shinsaibashi, and after walking around for a while, we stopped at Shokudo Diner (心斎橋食堂) for a quick diner style Japanese food dinner. It was a cafeteria restaurant, so all the food was pre-cooked and you could grab whatever looked good and add it to your tray. The food was pretty good, and just home style dining in Osaka.

11:51 Izakaya at Nakazakicho walking street – I thought our day was over, but Dwight needed to return an umbrella he borrowed a few nights before, so we went to return it and they invited us in to eat some yakitori and we tried a cup of sake. Everyone at the bar was extremely friendly, and it was quite a fun local Japanese Osaka experience.

Food Travel Adventures By Mark Weins, Travel, Leisure & Photography

Osaka, Japan – Day 3 *Melt-In-Your-Mouth Tuna Belly!!! By Mark Weins


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Day 3 in Osaka was all about the tuna belly!

0:19 Osaka Castle – One of the most famous places to visit in Osaka is the Osaka Castle. The castle is within a giant park. We started the day off with a trip to the castle, and though we didn’t go inside, we walked around the park, and enjoyed the great views from the outside. It’s well worth a visit when you visit Osaka.

2:57 Camp Curry – After a long morning, we were really hungry, so we did a quick search and found an interesting restaurant right in Umeda Station called Camp Curry. The restaurant specialized in Japanese curry style dishes, all of which were fully camping themed and in style. The curry was a bit on the mild side, but it did taste pretty good because we were so hungry. Overall, not the best Japanese curry, but good for a quick meal when you’re in Umeda in Osaka.

5:57 Tuna Restaurant (Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや – After walking around Umeda and Osaka Station and doing some shopping at a camera store, we then headed to the northern part of Umeda station where Dwight knew about a izakaya style Japanese restaurant / bar that specialized in tuna. When we arrived the place was almost completely empty, but by the time we left, it was packed out and people were waiting for tables. We started off with some oden and some tuna belly (toro). The tuna belly was one of the most amazing pieces of fish I’ve ever had in my life. It literally just melted completely into my mouth – it started to liquefy without me even chewing it. We hung out at Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや) for a few hours, and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and especially that melt in your mouth tuna belly!

That was it for Day 3 in Osaka, another delicious day of Japanese food. The highlight of my day was by all means that tuna belly!


Food Travel Adventures By Mark Weins, Travel, Leisure & Photography

Awesome Food in Osaka: Kuromon Market and Sushi By Mark Weins


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After surviving the surprise chicken sashimi, Day 2 in Osaka was an all out food day. We woke up kind of late due to our late arrival the night before and headed to Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場) to start eating. For lunch we had some incredibly delicious sushi!

0:28 Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場) – To begin the day we headed over to the famous Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場), located right near Namba station or Nippombashi (Nipponbashi). The market, although it’s a tourist attraction in Osaka, it remains very friendly, and I think it’s still a wonderful market – there are plenty of things to eat, and what I really liked is that many of the vendors that sell there or have restaurant are extremely friendly. We started off by eating one of the most famous foods in all of Osaka: takoyaki – fried octopus pancake balls. I’m not a huge lover of takoyaki, but these were actually quite good, mainly because they were fried so fresh. The outer part of the takoyaki was crispy and the inside was hot and had that nice mixture of half cooked pancake batter with a piece of octopus in the middle. Overall, one of the best takoyaki’s I’ve ever had in my life. We continued walking through Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場) and when Dwight and I saw scallops being cooked over charcoal on their half shell, and neither of us could resist ordering one on spot – despite them being quite expensive. The scallops were cleaned then put back into their shell and roasted over fire with just a hint of soy sauce and butter for extra flavor. It was marvelous. Still walking around Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場) I saw a store on the corner specializing in tuna, all things tuna. He had some plates of rolled up sushi, and they were filled to the max with red fleshy tuna, and I couldn’t resist again. The tuna was sensationally good, wrapped with rice and seaweed and such fresh and butter fish. You could spend a lot of money snacking through Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場), but finally we needed some real food, a bigger meal, so we looked up a sushi restaurant in the area on Foursquare.

7:00 Toki Sushi (ときすし) – We arrived just before they opened at 5 pm for the evening, and they kindly invited us in as the restaurant opened. The menu was pretty simple, and I believe they did have both an English and Japanese menu. The staff were all extremely friendly from the beginning. At Toki Sushi (ときすし), I ordered the 12 piece sushi set, which came with 12 pieces of beautiful sushi on a wooden plate. Everything on my plate was delicious – all 12 pieces, and the entire plate cost 1,050 Japanese Yen, which is about $8.71 – I think that was a great deal for that quality and deliciousness of sushi in Osaka.

11:10 Dotonburi (道頓堀) – Happy full of sushi, we walked from the Namb area to one of the most popular and famous areas of Osaka called Dotonburi (道頓堀). We walked around for a bit, but didn’t eat there. Instead, we headed back to Namba and while walking around, we found a grilled pork restuarnat to try.

12:51 Yakiton Restaurant – Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店) – For our final meal on this epic day of food in Osaka, we were just walking along and found a grilled pork restaurant called Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店). Everything they served was pork, many of which were yakiton style – grilled pork skewers. But they also had some interesting other items on the menu. The meatballs were extremely good, as were all the different skewers.

Day 2 was an amazing food day in Osaka. There’s so many excellent restaurants in Osaka!

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