As the bustling streets of Osaka weave their lively tapestry, THE LIVELY OSAKA HONMACHI stands as a vibrant gateway to an eclectic culinary journey. Venture beyond the hotel’s welcoming doors and you’ll find yourself in a realm where unique Okonomiyaki restaurants beckon with flavors that transcend the ordinary. While Okonomiyaki restaurants are ubiquitous to Osaka, these restaurants are hand-picked by staff for their distinct characteristics. From World-War II-era long histories to creative toppings, each Okonomiyaki establishment narrates a tale of culinary craftsmanship. During your stay at THE LIVELY OSAKA HONMACHI take some time to try Osaka’s famous okonomiyaki at one of these well-established restaurants to create a culinary experience you will never forget.
Established in 1945, Sennichimae Hatsuse stands as a venerable Okonomiyaki eatery, steeped in tradition. With a prime location next to Namba NGK, this longstanding establishment offers both okonomiyaki and yakisoba dishes, employing a unique style where customers take the culinary reins themselves. Seating at Sennichimae Hatsuse is exclusively in individual rooms, providing a serene dining atmosphere reminiscent of its past as a ryokan (Japanese-style accommodation). The hallmark of their culinary prowess lies in the distinctive double sauce, skillfully blending four types of flour and Japanese stock, resulting in a tantalizing taste experience. The Okonomiyaki offerings, such as the mix with a delectable combination of pork, squid and prawn, along with the crowd-favorite butatama (pork topping), have garnered well-deserved popularity. For a comprehensive dining experience, the Hatsuse set meal allows patrons to relish a pork hot plate pot, squid tempura and more. Adding to the allure, each table is equipped with a hot plate, inviting groups and families to engage in a delightful cooking experience.
Okaru stands in proximity to the iconic Hozenji Temple, renowned for its moss-covered statue, also known as Mizukake Fudo. Dating back to the post-World War II era when Minami was still in recovery, Okaru emerged in 1946 under the guidance of Takeo Adachi and his wife Kazue. Today, their grandson Kazuyoshi upholds the cherished legacy, crafting okonomiyaki that embodies the essence of Osaka. Due to their well-established reputation, you may have to wait in line before being served. Okaru’s distinctive layout features tables with four seats facing each other, centered around a hotplate—an arrangement reminiscent of sharing hotpot with friends and family, aligning with Osaka’s favored dining style. The okonomiyaki is a symphony of flavors, enhanced by a blend of sweet and spicy sauces, adorned with bonito powder, aonori (green laver powder) and a creative touch of mayonnaise depicting cute designs from Snoopy to Doraemon to Tsutenkaku Tower. The personalized touch of having each okonomiyaki prepared before your eyes, the use of simple yet perfect ingredients and the playful mayonnaise drawings all contribute to the charm of this vintage establishment, providing a nostalgic journey back to the Showa era.
Renowned for its convenience, this esteemed establishment is an ideal choice for a quick bite before boarding or after disembarking from the Shinkansen. Since its inception in 1965, Yamamoto has been a dedicated Negiyaki pancake specialist, boasting an open kitchen and accommodating 46 seats. Initially a modest okonomiyaki eatery, Yamamoto’s journey began with the concept of “negiyaki,” wherein green onions replaced cabbage in okonomiyaki, originally crafted as a snack for assisting children. Over time, this green onion-infused okonomiyaki, aptly named “negiyaki,” has evolved into a staple across many okonomiyaki establishments. The birthplace of “Negiyaki,” Yamamoto, consistently draws crowds eager to savor their signature dish. Featuring a delectable preparation where the batter is generously mixed with green onions and accompanied by a soy-sauce-based dip, this establishment remains a trailblazer in the world of negiyaki.
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