Dah’s Caffe

Dah's Caffe is marked by an architectural and engineering oddity: a giant circular air vent rising up from the Sennichimae Subway Line onto the street. On first glance its purpose, and ugliness, are obfuscated by a mosaic of amber tiles. The vent makes its ...

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, ...

Ajikitcho

Rene Redzepi, currently Denmark's second most famous export — behind Lego but ahead of Carlsberg — in an interview with Japan Times food columnist Robbie Swinnerton paid high compliments to the wait staff in Japan calling them "some of the best on Earth." I was ...

Endo's

If someone were to ask me where the best place in Osaka to go for sushi at 5 a.m. is, I would answer — immediately and unequivocally — that it's Endo's. Of course, it might also be the only place open at such an ...