Isaribi

This restaurant is loud, raucous and busy, much like life on a fishing boat, which may or may not be incidental since Isaribi takes its name from the light used to lure fish at night — often seen on trawlers used to catch squid. ...

Matsumoto Eiraku

The establishments around Matsumoto Eiraku in Osaka's Kitashinchi neighborhood have names like La Madonna, Salon de Miyu, Lady Hawk and Blanc de Blanc. This may suggest the restaurant keeps ostentatious company, but you should never judge a building by its marble colonnades; the aesthetic ...

Owl Family Cafe

Let's address the coffee first. It's as good as anything you'll get from a convenience store, which is to say it's not good. At all. The only beer on offer is Budweiser — also known as "The King of Beers." It's not. Budweiser wouldn't ...

Okuman

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. Apologies, I have been overwhelmed by kids' songs lately. It was after eight on a weeknight when we dropped by ...

Wakisaka

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, ...

Eloge de l’Ombre

What makes a good restaurant? It's a pretty basic question, and one that I imagine is on most people's minds, even if you aren't actively aware of it. With a new restaurant, such as EO, this question and the search for answers are more ...

Ore Beate

Judging by the staggering number of Italian and French restaurants in Japan it would be hard to call which European cuisine is more popular: perhaps both, equally. But this cuts both ways. In the West, Asian restaurants are on every corner. Even in the lowly ...

Garb Monaque

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. And the funkiness doesn't end with the building's design. ...

Craft Beer Base

Osaka has been going through a minor boom in craft beer bars over the past few years. This is undoubtedly good news for drinkers who want more than what's on offer from the big four brewers of Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory. Craft Beer Base, ...

Buff

Highway FM is possibly the worst radio station ever, unless you like your music country and each song laced with messages of patriotism, a work hard, play hard mantra or neighborly love. Sometimes a bit too much love. At Buff, a steak restaurant near Minami-morimachi, ...