Perhaps it is the Japanese influence, but the food here does not suffer from the heavy sauces and overly rich flavors that can at times beleaguer French cuisine. Ai to Ibukuro offers a true culinary experience for the entire family, and will have baby ...

Ore Beate’s focus is on Italian home cooking and, naturally, pasta dishes feature prominently, including staples such as bucatini all’amatriciana, tagliatelle, spaghetti and other classic home-cooked dishes such as risotto and gnocchi.

Garb Monaque, a cafe, bar and restaurant, occupies a funky building — think of a birdcage that’s been twisted at both ends — between Osaka Station and Grand Front Osaka, two playgrounds devoted to conspicuous consumption.

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 ...

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of “cooing” girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

What it lacks in views, The Dome makes up for in toys and a play area for children, ingeniously placed in the center of the dining area. Frequent users of child-friendly restaurants, such as yours truly, likely know that play areas are usually put ...

Dah’s is a specialty coffee shop and the interior is full of signs making that obvious: open sacks of beans, a roaster by the door and a high-end LaCimbali espresso maker behind the counter. This is a cafe where the emphasis is on coffee, ...

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, ...

The house special at Spice Chamber is keema curry, a dry minced-meat-based Southeast Asian dish. At Spice Chamber it’s been on the menu for years. Be warned, though: If you’ve become acclimatized to the sweetness and safety of Japanese curry, the keema curry at ...

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.

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