This Building in Japan Constructed in the 1980s Has Cheap and Delicious Food

The retro structure is home to famous seafood and yakiniku restaurants.

Osaka Ekimae Building
is known for its cheap, delicious food choices. The retro structure was built during Japan’s Bubble Economy in the ‘80s, and is filled with the local’s long-time beloved shops. We will list down the famous seafood and yakiniku restaurants in Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3, which is one of the four buildings that comprise the underground labyrinth.

Oden and Kamo Soba Izakaya Jinbei

Fresh, affordable seafood and handmade soba and oden are the specialty of this Japanese pub. The owner also runs a wholesale market where you can buy all the quality seafood on discounted prices. Finish off with handmade soba made with a different buckwheat flour depending on the season.

Enjoy the season’s sashimi with Spring Special Platter (Medium ¥2,041).

Any brand of Japanese rice wine is sold at the same price of ¥421. More than 12 brands of sake are available, coming from Tohoku to Kyushu, mostly on the dry side of the flavor scale.

A small serving of soba like Kamo Namban (¥1,393) is perfect to end a night of drinking.

Seafood-based soup broth and meatball made with duck meat is the perfect combination.

Numerous counter seats make lone diners or small groups of customers feel welcome.

The store has no partitions to create a wider sense of space.

Oden and Kamo Soba Izakaya Jinbei is located at B1/F Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3 and is open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-50-3373-3950.

Tempura Stand Oshio

Here you can enjoy tempura with a twist, and drink wine that complements Japanese food. A thin, crispy layer of tempura batter is created by using the store’s original mixture of tempura flour and a blend of three different kinds of cooking oil, including sunflower oil.

Their bestseller, Salmon Roe Canape (¥206)

Naturally caught sea bream with lemon peel (¥
314) and seasoned cod roe or mentaiko206) are also served.

Japanese white wine and red wine that complements the dipping sauce for tempura are served at ¥530 per glass

Inside the store is a U-shaped counter seat that goes around the kitchen/preparation area and 2 tables.

Enjoy the popping sounds the tempura makes in the deep fryer while drinking your favorite wine.

Tempura Stand ?shio is located at B2/F Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3 and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily except on Mondays. You may contact them at +81-6-6343-3545.


Taishu Sushi Sakaba Japonica

In April 2018, Japonica reopened as a seafood izakaya (Japanese pub). Fresh and reasonably priced seafood come from a direct source. Every dish, including the condiments, is served with careful preparation and presentation. At times, the options for the local rice wine menu adds up to almost a hundred kinds.

Jou sashimi (¥1,059 per serving). Thick slices of around 8 kinds of raw seafood such as abalone or sea urchin

Minimum order must be 2 servings or more (photo shows 2 servings).

Sushimori Tamatebako (¥1,599). Each sushi, made with red vinegared rice, has its own condiment or topping.

The colorful presentation makes it a seafood treasure box.

There are many dishes that match every region’s local rice wine.

Everything is carefully thought of from ingredients, presentation, ambience, to cost.

Taishu Sushi Sakaba Japonica is located at B1/F Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3 and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-6-6344-1101.


This famous 63-year old yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant stands strong as it has stayed open for more than 40 years after transferring to the Ekimae Building despite tight competition. Their signature dish, horumon (meat innards), comes from fresh meat with a tasty fatty part and a unique texture.

Horumon 5 kinds set (¥1,512) 

The horumon in white and pink shades with almost no odor prove that the meat is fresh. Menu states 5 kinds but usually an extra or two is added when served.

Among the assorted horumon in the set menu, rare innards such as pancreas are included when available

Try the original sauce blended with 12 condiments including garlic.

They have counter seats only.

is a well-known restaurant so if you’re planning to go for dinner, it’s best to make a reservation.

Kadoya is located at B2/F Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3 and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily except on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6341-4654.

Yamabuta Umeda Branch

Lots of grilled pork dishes can be enjoyed at this specialty restaurant. Being particular about the freshness of the horumon, the meat is directly procured from a market in Kyoto. Pork innards usually have a peculiar flavor to it, but Yamabuta offers meat with no unpleasant odor and goes well with their original sauce.


Grilled horumon skewers set (5 sticks for 

From among 8 types such as liver or pork bung, the day’s special is put together to form the horumon set.

At the far end of the store is a semi-private space with Japanese style low tables that can accommodate about 10 people.

Yamabuta Umeda Branch is located at B2/F Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3 and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (may close early when stocks run out) and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-6-6455-8688.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (07 May 2019)

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