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May 23, 2011 07:05 PM

Osaka tonight - help!

Will be in Osaka tonight for dinner (overal visit time about 5 hours :-). Do you have any recommendations nearish the Shin-Osaka station and / or Umeda Sky building or Tempozan?
Or any special food type we should look for at these locations?
There is no price limit but I'm not too much in the mood for steak or very uptight places. Don't speak or read Japanese but I'm willing to mime, smile and draw my way through dinner.

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  1. If you want to try an interesting local cuisine, Mogami does very good kushiage: - it's a short cab ride from Umeda Sky Building.

    Sun ( ) in Hilton Plaza West is a nice upscale izakaya/dining bar with a decent sake selection.

    If you're pressed for time, Wakaba ( ) is actually in the Umeda Sky Building, and they do a good version of udon sukiyaki (another local dish) in unpretentious surroundings.

    At Tempozan the Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho ( ) has 18 stands selling snack foods like gyoza and sembei and takoyaki.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Robb S

      Thank you very much for the answers. I hope they will be usefull to some other day-trippers to Osaka. At the end we spent too much time in Kurashiki and getting our of our hotel in Okayama to go to Osaka at all. Well, we're not in Japan for the last time.

      We've bought some Takayaki at the Shin Osaka station. I guess it was good quality - there was a huge queue in front of the stall. But we just did not like it. Thanks anyway for all the recommendations!

      1. re: sasicka

        Funny, I was also just in Kurashiki/Okayama a couple days ago. I hope you were able to get to some of the good local food there.

        One word of advice. You should do some planning ahead, rather than these quick posts that might get you something decent or not. I've been actively avoiding posting because I don't like to feel like someone's personal concierge.

        1. re: E Eto

          Thank you anyway, I have been using your Okayama posts for my dinners. I have tried to do research a lot on this site, but for some towns I was not able to find any relatively recent posts at all. Unfortunatelly I found it very difficult to research the traditional Japanese sources as Tabelog or similar, because of the limitations of the Google Translator.

          But for expample, I have made only one post about Tokyo and one about Kyoto, where it was easier to do my own research. Im really sorry to make somebody feel as a concierge. If you ever come to Prague, I will make my utmost to repay any of you in kind...

          Just to let you know, I think that the izakaya you have reported at the Okayama train station is no longer there. At least I could not find by any means. But the sushi place near the station was quite pleasant.

          1. re: sasicka

            Oh, and your pizza place in Kurashiki made our day! It was so wonderful to be able to have a taste of normal European food for a change... Thank you!!!

            1. re: sasicka

              The best way to repay the community who responded to your requests is to post a report on the places you've visited. I'm glad you enjoyed the places I mentioned in my old posts about Okayama/Kurashiki, but this is exactly what other Chowhounds want to know, especially if they've taken the time to respond to your queries. If the information I (or others provided) came in handy, I'd like to know. I hope you take a bit of time to provide a report on some of your favorite places from your trip.