Comfort Hotel Sakai
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Pangaea Cafe is a community center-cum-restaurant that aims to provide a place, where patrons can enjoy casual conversations and experience various art forms. Housed in a former factory building, it is spacious enough to accommodate comfortable restaurant seating, an art gallery and several meeting rooms. Every week, Pangea features variety of events that include classical music concerts, modern art exhibitions, creative workshops and so forth; and while you are here, do sample the local dishes strictly prepared with organic ingredients. You can also hire the cafe for private events, business meets and art expositions. For more details, call ahead.
This cafe makes indulging in desserts part of a spiritual experience. The translation for their motto is "cakes with consciousness." Each cake is supposed to address the individual temperament of each customer, including earth, fire, water and air. Whether melting in your mouth or cooling your palate, each of the 30 varieties are guaranteed to bring about culinary awareness. White peach mousse is the most popular dessert according to the staff. Freshness and quality are assured in 60-minute session. Reservations are recommended.
For those in the know, Takoyaki's simple recipe of flour, eggs, water and octopus is a delicate process to get it just right. The owner of this restaurant found that this age-old recipe could actually be improved upon by adding soy sauce to the batter before cooking. His idea was brilliant and the new sweet smell wafting out of his kitchen drew in more customers to enjoy this new twist on an old favorite. The shop closes when they run out of batter and as much of their business is take-out, you had better plan to get there early in the day.
This is a chain of restaurants, and has 6 outlets in Osaka. Botejyu is known for its sizzling and grilled fare made in customized sauces, and particularly for the delicious ‘Okonomiyaki'. The unique taste of these pancakes has helped establish a large base of loyal clientèle. Lunch is cooked and served to you by the chefs, but dinnertime is when the actual fun begins. You can cook the Okonomiyaki according to your tastes at the table itself! Enjoy some sake with dishes like Chicken Balls or Fried Omochi in Broth. A range of roasted fare, deep-fried dishes, desserts and other alcoholic beverages are also available.
It is hard to say which is the bigger draw of the restaurant, the 30-item buffet, which includes ethnic dishes from all over the world, or the view from its windows, as it is located on the 48th floor of the World Trade Center Cosmos Tower. Most would say the latter, though you may have difficulty getting a seat by the window. Otherwise, the restaurant is unremarkable, with simple round tables and chairs, and decor reminiscent of a hotel banquet room.
This museum is a must-visit not only for the connoisseur of good wines but also for anyone who has an interest in this most historical of all beverages. As well as exhibits that show the history and development of wine, this museum also houses a restaurant that allows patrons to sample wines from around the world. And for those who prefer not to drink on an empty stomach, the restaurant also serves French cuisine. If you need a bottle or two of wine to take home, drop in at the wine mart where you will find a huge selection to choose from.
Considered by bay-goers as the place to take your date, the Osaka Bay restaurant faces west, giving couples ample opportunity to enjoy the sunsets. Providing creative, garlic-based cuisine, course-menu meals start at JPY2,980, including after-dinner coffee or tea, and dessert.
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.
Come to Tengu if you want a taste of some of the best 'kushikatsu'—a small wooden skewer with meat and vegetables. Tengu is dedicated to kushikatsu, with a variety of options of skewered delicacies. If you feel you can brave it, try the dote-yaki, which is the tripe simmered in miso. The various sauces are shared, so there's no double-dipping. So come with friends and shoot the breeze.
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!
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.
Eating sushi in Japan can be an expensive experience, so it comes as a pleasant surprise to step into this restaurant. Oddly enough for an Osaka sushi restaurant, Gionzushi serves Edomae nigiri sushi, which originally meant nigiri sushi made with fish caught in Tokyo Bay. But who cares when you find delightful sushi with prices that start really low for two pieces of maguro (tuna) and for toro (fatty tuna)? Green tea is free and you can drink as much as you want. Beer and sake are also available.