A good way to keep warm during the winter in Japan is to eat a nice, hot bowl of curry udon.
Satoshi had the day off on Friday, so we went to Umeda. He had some errands to run, so I wandered around to kill some time. As I was wandering, I came upon a tiny restaurant that served curry udon.
This restaurant had their menu outside and also some articles from various magazines that they were featured in.
There is one foodie magazine in Kansai that "if you can be featured there, you can make it anywhere", or so to speak...this restaurant happened to be featured in it, so I knew it had to be good.
After Satoshi was done with his errands, we met up and I took him to the restaurant. It was peak lunch hour and it was packed!
I've never lunched alongside of salarymen (businessmen) until today, but you could feel the tension in the air as everyone was trying to eat before their lunch hour was over. There was very little chatter and no lingering, just eat and go!
It was elbow to elbow!
Everyone wore a paper bib--wouldn't want any curry splatters on your Armani suits.
I ordered the nami curry udon teishoku (regular curry udon meal). This came with a bowl of rice with a raw egg on top! In Kansai, you usually get rice alongside of noodles (talk about carbo loading--Satoshi ate my bowl of rice.) The curry starts off a bit sweet then the fire kicks in.
My nose was running and mouth was burning, but it was addictingly delicious.
Satoshi had the daily special--menchi katsu curry udon (hamburger cutlet curry udon). One large deep fried hamburger, cut into 4 pieces.
I really liked this curry udon, the soup was thick, not watery like the soup usually eaten with udon.
If you live in Japan, this place is actually a chain, hopefully you can find a restaurant near you.
Osaka #4 Station Bldg (Osaka Daiyon Building) B2
Open 11:00-19:00, no smoking during lunchtime (11:00-14:00)
There are only 19 seats at this place, so go early to get yours.