Isaribi is the original (opened in 1973) of a small chain of robatayakis (country-style grill) that focus on seafood. If you can grab a seat at the low counters that fan out around the cooks, you can watch your meal being flame grilled before ...

Cafe Annteana seems to have a more-the-merrier attitude toward kids. The cafe manages to be long on style while meeting the practical needs of parents with children. It’s shabby chic — down to the last detail — with whitewashed walls, chandeliers, elegant-yet-unbreakable glassware, plush ...

Kitashinchi really only comes alive at night, but some restaurants there still do great lunch deals. Matsumoto stands out among them. The lunch menu is comprehensive, starting at ¥1,600 for a basic dish and hitting ¥5,300 for a mini course, which is what I ...

Craft Beer Base, a hole-in-the-wall pub, opened last year and is a short hike west of Umeda. Downstairs, it’s a tachinomiya (standing bar), while upstairs has seating. On a recent midweek visit, what the pub lacked for in atmosphere — it was more library ...

The fuss is about sushi — or teori-zushi to be precise, which is a riff on maki-zushi, the sushi that comes rolled in nori (seaweed) and that you find everywhere from supermarkets to sushi restaurants. At Awomb, however, it’s you who does the rolling, ...

Wakisaka is a mom-and-pop restaurant that specializes in Osaka’s soul food: okonomiyaki. From what I could tell the small but cozy restaurant abuts their living quarters so that the pair don’t have far to travel. Mom works the floor while Pop works the teppan, ...

Okuman is all about the fish: head, bones, fins and tail. And eyes and scales, and entrails too — that’s what you get at Okuman.

Whether you dig the earth-friendly vibe or not, the ramen is to die for. The “plain” tantan ramen is anything but plain. The broth is made from peanuts and sesame and has a uniquely delicious nutty flavor as a result.

There are a handful of other branches of What’s dotted around Kansai: What’s the Kitchen in Gion, two What’s butchers and What’s the Store in Shiga. This What’s is mid-priced; in Gion it’s expensive. What’s the story with the name? Although I asked, I ...

Inakatei is a gem of an izakaya. Obansai (Kyoto home-style cooking) features heavily, but not exclusively, on the menu. And if it’s fish you’ve come in search of, then you won’t be left wanting.

The chefs at Tepparnya make good use of the teppan, the hot plate that dominates the kitchen counter, and so should you. We had a rump of tender beef steak served on a chopping board with Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper ...

Chankonabe is wedded to sumo in the same way as whiskey is to the Wild West and cowboys; they’re both fuel for fightin’. Terao Tsunefumi, the man behind this eponymous restaurant, is a well-respected sumo wrestler who had a career in the ring spanning ...

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