Not many of us know that Osaka is home to one of the largest fish markets in Japan. Just like in Tsukiji in Tokyo, they have a lively tuna auction that goes down early in the morning to get the sushi and sashimi started for the day. On our last night in Osaka before heading to Tokyo, my family decided to go back to Dotonbori because we didn’t get to explore this place a lot when we went there on our first night. The place boasts of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, theaters, arcades and so much more. The street food they have there are amazing and if you are looking for a place to go at night when in Osaka, I suggest you drop by this place. Dotonburi is so alive at night.
For dinner, we decided to try Hi Iki Ya as I was craving for a hot bowl of Sukiyaki. It’s a small restaurant located in one of the small side streets in Namba Walk. The place is packed so we were seated at the third floor. It’s an old traditional restaurant where you have to remove your shoes (small lockers for your shoes are provided and you have your own key). Since we were a big group, they gave as a small tatami-floored room with a table that could fit us all in.
Service is efficient albeit not so fast, probably because there were many diners and as always, Japanese restos are always short on crew. I could say though, that the food we had was excellent.
This is the first time that I’ve tried Uni (Sea Urchin) and boy, it was amazing. How come I didn’t try this before? It was sweet and creamy. I promised myself, I’d eat more of this next time. That was my sister in the photo.
This was our salad. As you can see, there are fresh tuna and salmon slices, octopus, egg roe and greens.
I just love how they plate their food!
Every food we ordered were yummy and they were wiped down as soon as it hit the table. Lol. I guess when you make a living in Japan, their prices are affordable, but for us, the food is pricey, but all worth it. All of us walked out of the restaurant with a full tummy, so we decided to go around and browse the shops.
If you happen to visit Osaka, don’t miss Dotonburi. The food and nightlife there is great!
Watch out for my next post. I’ll be featuring Osaka’s street food.
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