Savor the Tastiest Japanese Pancake (Okonomiyaki) at These 5 Restaurants in Osaka

  • Okonomiyaki is considered one of Japan’s signature local cuisine. It’s savory, has a lot of variety, and is available almost anywhere in the country. But if it’s about getting the best taste of this popular food, nothing beats the country’s food capital – Osaka.

    Osaka is literally heaven for all food aficionados, and you’ll have a worthwhile experience comparing one type of okonomiyaki with another. Here are five okonomiyaki restaurants that you should try in the area!

    1. Houzenji Sanpei

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    Houzenji Sanpei is popular for its fresh ingredients and fluffy pancakes. Although quite small, the store’s cozy vibe adds to its overall appeal. There are usually people lining up outside so if you don’t mind waiting for a couple of minutes, go ahead and give this restaurant a try.

    Feel free to ask for their popular draft beer and add some yakisoba noodles to your okonomiyaki. It’s highly recommended!

    Houzenji Sanpei Website

    2. Okonomiyaki Mifune

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    If you’re after a retro experience and the chance to cook your own okonomiyaki, then Okonomiyaki Mifune is the place to go. It has an attractive wooden exterior that brings you a unique, nostalgic Japanese feeling.

    Mifune is highly commended for their delectable yakisoba, which is always a perfect match for the main dish. Local guests often cook okonomiyaki by themselves, but if you’re not familiar with how it’s done, feel free to ask for help from the chefs. They’ll be more than happy to assist!

    Okonomiyaki Mifune Website

    3. Okaru

    Having been in the industry for over sixty years now, you can say that Okaru probably has something unique that keeps guests coming back.

    The restaurant is located near Namba Station in Osaka and is popular for the unique artistry that it incorporates in its dish preparation. Waitresses are often seen drawing popular animated characters like Totoro and Mickey on okonomiyaki. They do this using mayonnaise!

    Okaru Website

    4. MIZUNO

    One unique characteristic of okonomiyaki is that there is an ample amount of ingredients you can use to make it with. A lot of restaurants give guests an option or two, but MIZUNO offers more than that! You can choose meat or go for the vegetable and seafood alternative. Plus, you get the option to add or ditch the noodles, which is often part of the serving.

    With the number of options, choosing can be difficult. This is why chefs of the restaurant often suggest popular items to help diners out. On top of that, you get the chance to see the dish being cooked right on your table!

    MIZUNO Website

    5. Omoni

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    Omoni is a name you’ve probably heard of when scouting for the most recommended okonomiyaki chains in Osaka, particularly in Tsuruhashi. It’s often featured on television, considering the number of celebrities who visit the place to eat.

    The queue can be long, but if you’re not in a hurry, it will be worth the wait! Staff often distribute a copy of the menu while you are in line so you can start choosing your order.

    Omoni Website
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    Osaka is a home to lots of Instagram-worthy sightseeing spots, but be sure not to miss its local delicacies, too! Spend some time visiting the shops we have on this list and let us know your personal favorite!

    Would you like to stay in Osaka? Check out all the hotels in the area here!

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