These Restaurant-Bars in Osaka Are Perfect for Nights Out with Your Barkada
Enjoy good food in good company!
The Osaka area in Japan is never short of good restaurants and bars to dine in. In fact, there is a full-on retro building located in front of Osaka Station, that’s filled with several great food establishments.
In this article, we introduce all the best bars and shops you can find at Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building.
Sakanaya Ishimon Main Branch
Sakanaya Ishimon is known for serving seafood on beautiful Arita plates. The restaurant offers high-quality dishes such as traditional oshi-zushi (pressed sushi) and delicious sashimi at affordable prices.
The secret to their popularity is the affordable fresh seafood and clean, comfortable restaurant ambiance.
Since the restaurant easily gets fully booked, you’ll have to make prior reservations to secure a seat.
Among the restaurant’s must-try dishes is the Anago (conger eel) Oshi-Zushi (¥1,836).
Anago (conger eel) oshi-zushi
For the Omakase Five-Sashimi Plate (¥1,458), the chef chooses the fresh fish of the day, which includes the grouper, sea bream, and tuna.
Omakase five-sashimi plate
Sakanaya Ishimon Main Branch is located at B2 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-4795-8558.
Yuasa Kou is a lively and crowded seafood bar that prides itself for providing fresh seafood caught from the sea near the Yuasa town in Wakayama Prefecture. The restaurant pairs each one of its freshly-caught seafood with the best cooking style.
We highly recommend that you try the Aji no Sugata (Medium size, ¥980) with Assorted Sashimi (¥1,000) and savor its fresh taste and unique texture.
Aji (horse mackerel) no Sugata (seafood prepared in a way that preserves its original shape) with Assorted Sashimi
The restaurant is quickly filled with customers as soon as it opens.
At the entrance of the restaurant, you’ll see an impressive Tairyo-bata (Japanese fisherman’s flag). Seasonal fish are also available here.
Yuasa Kou is located at B1 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6346-7576.
Izakanya Sutairu is a popular Korean restaurant that serves Korean dishes, like Japchae (¥410), Kimbap (from ¥302), and Tteokbokki (¥410), at very reasonable prices. Young corn namul and avocado namul, which are quite rare, can also be found here.
The Live Crab Gejang (¥626) consists of blue crab and spicy chili pepper sauce.
The restaurant’s Japchae is enough for a person drinking alone.
The restaurant is bigger compared to the other restaurants in the building.
Izakanya Sutairu is located at B1 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. except on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6454-6886.
Yatai Gyoza uses Nagasaki’s rare Houju pork in its dumplings. They are filled with fresh meat and have a juicy and lightly-seasoned taste.
Houju Pork Gyoza (¥410, front), Houju Roasted Pork (back left), Sudachi Citrus Sour (¥518, back right)
The interior gives off a retro vibe, with its red tables and tin walls.
The restaurant is a perfect place for dining solo as well.
Yatai Gyoza is located at B2 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-6-6147-2468.
Tachi Budo Sembon (C’est Bon)
At Tachi Budo Sembon (C'est Bon), you can enjoy professionally-crafted dishes with a glass of wine for an affordable price. Experience luxurious dining through their set menu of three appetizers and glass of wine (a glass of wine starts at ¥350) for only ¥500. This meal is only available at the restaurant from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The set comes with three kinds of homemade daily appetizers. It perfectly matches the wine as well! For an additional ¥150, you can change your wine to a different type or upgrade it into a glass of champagne.
Since it is located close to the entrance of the second-floor basement, it is easy to walk in the restaurant and enjoy a drink.
Tachi Budo Sembon (C’est Bon) is located at B2 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-6-6345-1511.
Taishu Sakaba Stand Milk Hall
At Taishu Sakaba Stand Milk Hall, you can get a taste of the owner’s hometown specialties, Okinawa’s local cuisine, and enjoy alcoholic drinks even during the day. The owner carefully mixes the popular shochu, Jun, with cider in making the bar’s refreshing drinks.
Enjoy the distinctive texture of Okinawan papaya through the Papaya Salad (¥380).
Three kinds of Okinawa oden stew (¥480). Feel free to choose from pork hocks, konbu, tofu, and many more for the dish’s oden.
The lively standing bar serves unique alcoholic drinks!
Taishu Sakaba Stand Milk Hall is located at B2 Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building, 1-3-1, Umeda, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka and is open from 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-6-6347-6844.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (8 May 2019)