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    »Mukune Tei Restaurant

    Mukune is a brand of ‘Ginjo' sake brewed by the long-established Daimon Brewery. Ginjo refers to the quality of the wine, the word is synonymous with the English terms 'premium' or 'fine'. The cozy restaurant, housed at the brewery, serves dishes that complement this drink as well as the other home brews on offer. Some of the wait staff speak English, which is a real blessing.

    3-12-1 Mori-Minami
    Katano, 576-0031


    Yoshida's policy is to serve the tenderest cuts possible. Meat is cut against the fiber to make it easier to chew. Freshness is the promise to customers and attention to detail has many coming back for dishes such as hormone (cow's intestines). The term for such a dish is often referred to as 'guts' which seems to have some eyebrows raised by foreign customers, yet it is deliciously prepared. Prices are reasonable and dishes are big enough for three people to share a combination platter.

    513-1 Uchikoshichō

    »Trader Vic's

    Trader Vic's exudes the exotic atmosphere of the South Pacific, and not just because of the boathouse bar that serves some of the best and most original cocktails in the city. The outstanding cuisine is an eclectic mix of the best from the Pacific Rim, America and Europe. Only the freshest ingredients are used. The seafood dishes are extremely popular as are the barbecues. The Chinese-style spareribs just melt in your mouth. Do not forget to sample the Mai Tai, which was created by the original 'Trader Vic' in the 1940s.

    4-1 Shiromi, 1-Chome
    Osaka, 540-8578

    »551 Horai

    Located in the basement of the Keihan Mall, the restaurant is very small, having only 12 seats lined up at a bar. There is a separate counter for take-out meals. This Chinese restaurant specializes in shrimp dishes and nearly every entree has some style of shrimp in it. There are some original dishes including shrimp soup and fried shrimp in a creamy chili sauce. All of the entrees are pictured on the wall and displayed outside. The sets include two different entrees and a special rice dish.

    2-1-38 Higashinoda
    Osaka, 534-0024


    This restaurant serves high-quality beef called Hida. This comes from Japanese black hida cattle and is the softest, most tender and juicy of all the meats. The chef prepares meat which is not too sweet and not too salty, and which offers a taste in harmony with the texture. Customers cook the beef to their own liking on a grill and use a variety of sauces for dipping. The price is surprisingly affordable for the quality of meat. Hidashichirin also serves Bibimba, a spicy Korean meat dish.

    4-22-8 Hondori
    Osaka, 534-0021


    Specializing in serving high-quality Japanese beef grilled over charcoal, diners can enjoy their meals on an open patio. Despite being directly located underneath the railway tracks, the shaking that occurs (perhaps, it is part of the ambience!) does not seem to bother customers as they enjoy tender, flavorful skewers. This is a popular hangout for Japanese salarymen who enjoy several beers with their snacks on their way home.

    3-2-16 Tenmabashi
    Osaka, 530-0042


    This lounge bar is wonderfully typical of the new relaxed lounge/cafe culture that is sweeping Osaka. Dagaz is a fairly spacious underground lounge bar and gives traditionally rather rough and stolid Tennoji a much-needed boost. It has white stucco walls, subdued lighting, tables in one area and couches in another. It serves a moderate range of international cuisine at prices that are reasonable. Dagaz boasts a well stocked bar and impeccably and friendly service.

    9 Hida-in-cho
    Osaka, 543-0055

    »Chez Wada

    A very elegant little restaurant run by Chef Wada, this delightful eatery is dedicated to the art of French cuisine, while fully exploiting Japanese ingredients with flair and imagination. Recommended for those who want to experience the innovations and subtleties of this chef's dialog with French culinary culture. Reservations are needed.

    Azuma Kitahama Kitahama 1-29

    »Gomasuri Chanko

    Chanko Ryori is the staple fare of sumo wrestlers and is a kind of chowder. The Chanko Nabe at this restaurant contains 28 different vegetable, meat and seafood selections. The meat is low in calories as the fat is trimmed so that customers do not feel heavy after their meal. The seating is Japanese-style, sitting on cushions on the tatami, with a dugout for your legs so leisurely dining is possible without pain!

    Griffon Building 2F
    Osaka, 530-0041

    »Aja Kaja

    Treat all your senses as you enter a small piece of India transported to Abeno-ku. Walking into Aja Kaja feast your eyes on traditional Indian decor, take in the latest in Indian music, and while you wait for your food browse through magazines from the sub-continent. Food is reasonably priced and the clientèle is a friendly mix of Osaka's young and old alike. The waiters are friendly and the atmosphere is light. Indulge your senses with spiced tandoori delights and chilled Indian beer.

    1 Abenosuji
    Osaka, 545-0051

    »Tawan Thai

    Popular among Thai ex-pats and Japanese alike, the food here is both reasonable and tasty. Lunch menu curries start at JPY600 and the famous tom yam kung (a spicy and sour blend of noodles and shrimp) is JPY1,400; enough for two people sharing. At Tawan Thai, they are not afraid to put in the spices and this ensures that the authentic flavor of true Thai food is skillfully recreated in this urban sprawl of Denden Town. In case you find the food a little spicy, chilled local and imported beers as well as tropical fruit juices are available.

    Granbuildo Shinsaibashi 1F
    Osaka, 542-0081


    When in the area, stop off for a meal at Zuboraya. Eating here is not for the faint of heart! The exotic blowfish served here has highly poisonous body-parts, and needs to be cooked with complete precision! People from Osaka are great lovers of seafood like the 'fugu' (blowfish), and you can eat it both raw and cooked. A variety of stews and fried dishes are also available. If the menu is just going over your head, go in for the JPY5000 banquet - it's a safe bet!

    2-5-5 Naniwa EbisuhigashI
    Osaka, 556-0002
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