Umeda, Osaka's Very BEST Ononomiyaki! (Top 5)
Okonomiyaki means roughly 'grilled to your preference,' and refers to the delicious Osaka specialty that is loved by everyone. Umeda, the northern hub of the city of Osaka, is a fantastic place to have some of the very best okonomiyaki in the city. Here is a quick list of 5 of the top okonomiyaki joints in Umeda!
Kiji is listed in the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, meaning it is exceptional yet affordable. The prices here are unbelievable for such a legendary place; Every okonomiyaki is 850 yen or less! The secret to the great taste of Kiji is the use of a special dried herb "Ooba" (perilla in English) that adds a fresh taste to the okonomiyaki. Also, another original and very popular item is the "Modern Okonomiyaki" that is made without using flour. Instead, more eggs are used which gives the okonomiyaki a much fluffier texture.
Another special item worth trying is the giant 'Osaka Castle' okonomiyaki, which weighs more than a kilo and is intended to be shared by up to 4 people. If you're looking for show-stopping okonomiyaki, this is the place to try!
If you're unsure of what to order, we recommend the 'Suji Negi,' which includes beef tendon, green onions, and konyaku. It's quite different from more traditional okonomiyaki but completely delicious!
When you order okonomiyaki here, you have the option of getting it 'Modern Yaki' (with yakisoba on top) or 'Haikara (high-calorie) Yaki' (with udon noodles on top). Okonomiyaki is all about customization, after all, so it's great to have the option to add noodles if you want.
The 'Tomato Okonomiyaki' features a thick tomato-based sauce on a cake of garlic and cabbage, giving a lovely fresh flavor. The 'Avocado Black Yakisoba' features Japanese soba noodles and lots of avocado, mixed with an umami-filled sauce that gives it a magnificently rich flavor.
If you're interested in a more modern, exciting twist on okonomiyaki, Kyochabana is definitely worth checking out!
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