A must-try Osakan specialty: Takoyaki! ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
It’s impossible to leave Osaka on an empty stomach!
The fame of the culinary specialties of Osaka is well-established. Often nicknamed “Japan’s gastronomic capital,” Osaka’s cuisine is not simply tasty – beyond that, Osaka has coined the culture of Kuidaore – literally meaning to ruin one’s self by extravagance in food ! Inventive and ubiquitous, you can try anything in the street as well as in a restaurant, or check out an Izakaya to taste the local craft beer, from local breweries such as Minoh.
Included in the Michelin guide, it is particularly recommended to taste takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Takoyaki, literally “grilled octopus” (tako = octopus, yaki = grilled) is perhaps the staple Osakan street food. They come in the form of small balls made from dough, containing a piece of octopus in the centre. Takoyaki stands are ubiquitous in the streets of Osaka, and it is fascinating to watch the cooks turn and flip with a quick gesture and mastered these little balls in their mold.
Okonomiyaki, literally ”whatever you like to grill” are as varied as their name suggests. The content of okonomiyaki will depend on your tastes and desires. Meat, seafood, vegetables … take what you like, mix it with a little batter, put all that to grill on a plate, and do not forget to add on okonomiyaki sauce once it’s done, and your okonomiyaki is ready to be enjoyed!