Comfort Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi
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This chic and popular restaurant in Yotsubashi offers lunchtime specials centered on couscous, a Mediterranean specialty that originated in North Africa. In the evening customers are lured by the hearty, homey flavors of country-style French cooking. Customers are given the choice of sitting indoors by a counter or outdoors on a patio which provides a good vantage point for people-watching. The couscous lunch specials start at JPY850, including soup, coffee and dessert.
Thinly prepared udon is the specialty of this noodle house. Noodles here are not as thick as traditional udon, which makes them easier to slurp, according to the staff. Each item on the menu may be ordered in a mini version for those who may have already eaten a big meal earlier in the day and just want to stop in for a late-night snack. Kamonamba Udon (water fowl) is available too.
If you have an appetite for spicy sub-continental food, then this may be the place for you. When you want more, the waiters will bring what you want to your table. Otherwise, there is an attractive set that includes two types of curry, nan and other Indian side dishes. With decor that is gaudily Indian, and an atmosphere that is quite casual, you need not worry about offending any sensibilities by gorging yourself.
Conveniently located on Midosuji (across from Daimaru Department Store), Mango Shower Cafe is a quaint, colorful little place that specializes in quaint and colorful fare. Pastel rainbow-colored decor, lots of crazy tiling, and good lighting. It is popular with groups of young women and dating couples. The food is mainly Indonesian and Vietnamese, appropriately spicy and with reasonable portions. It has a good selection of desserts, mainly cakes and boasts 10 different kinds of Chinese tea. About eight different beers are available, including those from Indonesia and Vietnam.
The menu at this somewhat classically decorated and romantic Italian restaurant consists of about 10 pasta dishes which change depending on the season. The place is definitely frequented by couples and there is even a 'Married-style pasta' which is very popular. Highly recommended are the 4-spaghetti courses. The restaurant has a healthy selection of wines, available by the bottle or the glass.
Located in the middle of bustling Shinsaibashi, Tugra is an easily located door to the world of Turkish cuisine. Clean, modern and uncluttered, this restaurant provides a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service. English is spoken. An extensive menu of starters, single platters, mains, kebabs, and desserts covers all the typical dishes of Turkey. The main dishes are mainly meat—beef and lamb, but fish and chicken are available too. Try the delicious salmon steak. Wines and beers from Turkey are available.
More a take-out stall than a cafe, this establishment in Nishi-shinsaibashi offers to the Japanese public what has long since become extremely popular in America: cinammon rolls. In fact, the place readily acknowledges that it modeled itself after its American counterpart, which is reason to rejoice for many. Although sweet things traditionally have not found much popularity with Japanese tastes, the so-called 'cinammon roll industry' seems to be changing that. The place is closed on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Pietro, the popular and fast-growing Italian chain restaurant, is a good choice for some tasty, affordable pasta. This branch, conveniently located in the OPA shopping center, is no different than others elsewhere in the country. The place is casual and usually very busy, with couples and families the norm. The popular "pasta lunch" comprises pasta of the day, salad, bread and soup.
Capturing the essence and the spice of Thailand, Krungtep is a lively restaurant with meals that entice you to try more. Authenticity is guaranteed as the restaurant boasts a native Thai chef who creates dishes that need only the addition of the restaurant's ambiance to whisk you away to faraway shores. Lunch buffets are popular and dinner is reasonably priced for a main course. While Thai cooking is known for its spices, and Krungtep's green curry lives up to that reputation, milder dishes are also available.
Open only in the evenings, Wakamatsu is an unpretentious old-style dinner spot in Shinsaibashi with traditional Japanese matting on which you can stretch out your legs and relax. It serves generous dinner sets that change daily, with lots of vegetables, fresh fish and Japanese deep-fries (tempura). Although you can order a la carte, the full course meals are extremely popular as they include a little bit of all the best of Japanese cuisine. Courses start at JPY5,000 and are best accompanied by rice wine (sake), of which there is a wide range on offer.
High-end Japanese beef is breaded, deep fried and served with a demiglaze sauce (clear beef gravy) alongside steamed seasonal vegetables at this restaurant. The owner also owns a butcher's shop and guarantees freshness and quality for everything he serves. Tender beef cutlets come with a side salad. The decor is old-style Japanese which is original; the restaurant has been in business for over sixty years.
Come to this bar and restaurant for traditional Japanese fare and some bubbly to go with it. Delicious preparations and a romantic ambiance are the biggest draws of this eatery in the Chuo-ku area. The prices are a tad high, but all good things come with a price tag, don't they?