Sumiba Yakitori Enza

It's not quite cinema-dark inside Enza, but it's not far off. Indeed, the cinema connection is apposite: In many ways Enza is as much about yakitori as it is about icons of American cinema. Framed movie posters line the walls, but the best room in ...

Kunsei Lover Fumo

At Kunsei Lover Fumo, smoking — of the food, that is — is so desirable that it appears twice in the name of the restaurant, first in Japanese (kunsei) and then in Italian (fumo). The lover part should be self-explanatory. Just about everything on the menu ...

Sandwich Factory

Using the word factory to describe a restaurant lends a sort of industrial, rugged feeling. You're ready for something heavy duty. Imagine my surprise then, when I visited Sandwich Factory, which looks and feels more like an English tea room crossed with a cafe you ...

Soryuko

The menu at Soryuko, a popular Chinese restaurant in Tenma, runs to roughly about 200 items, bound together in a large laminated volume. Narrowing this down to a few choices can be dizzying, but here's a hack that will help: put down the menu ...

Teianda

On the corner of Ogimachi Park directly west of Umeda you'll find a little oasis of Okinawan cuisine and culture. At Teianda they take their culture and food seriously, but not overbearingly so. Upstairs there's a stage for visiting musicians and artists from the southern ...

Gomachu

At Gomachu, tofu is fun, and possibly even exciting. It may even be sexy — the jury is still out. I realize I'm pushing the boat on a foodstuff that, while globally praised for its nutritional value, has about as much visual appeal as a ...

Bokkoshi

The house special at Bokkoshi is a little confusing — but, that's a good thing. Called Niwatorisayu, this version of chicken-based ramen is served in a tall, deep black bowl and looks extremely creamy. In fact, the broth looks so creamy that it could ...

Asai Togei

Kousei Togei, chef and owner of Asai Togei, comes from Yonaguni Island, one of Japan's most far-flung outposts. On a clear day, the mountainous coast of Taiwan is visible from this Okinawan island. Togei has the laid-back disposition of someone who grew up in ...

Kushiyakitori Mahoroba

The area around Kyobashi Station, a major transit hub close to Osaka Castle, is not short of restaurants. But if you're nearby and have a hankering for chicken, try Kushiyakitori Mahoroba, a small and charming yakitori restaurant. Run by a husband-and-wife team the atmosphere inside ...

Wa Bistro Tsuna

These are tough times for the shōtengai, Japan's old-school shopping streets. The convenience of online shopping and mega-malls has lured shoppers away from the city's vintage arcades. However, the uniform glitz of a shopping center or an online store can never replace the buzz ...