Sunday, before going to the Zoheikyoku, I met Satoshi in Umeda after his German class for lunch.
I had read on a Japanese blog, about a ramen shop that served the gyoza (pot stickers) on top of their ramen. They call it what else??...Gyoza Ramen.
So, we met at Kotan ramen to try their gyoza ramen.
After ordering, the food came out pretty quickly.
4 pieces of gyoza are placed on top of the shoyu-based or miso-based ramen. The gyoza is crispy, the filling is spicy. Spicy like the kim chee gyoza I make, but there are no kim chee bits in this gyoza, just flecks of chili.
It was a great lunch. Shoyu-based is 670 yen (about US$6.70) and miso-based is 690 yen (about US$6.90). Satoshi ordered miso and I ordered shoyu. Really reasonable and delicious.
After doing some walking after the Zoheikyoku, we went to the Ig Cafe. I've had lunch here before but wanted Satoshi to experience this place.
Since it was the weekend, it was packed with people! Luckily we were able to get a table right away.
Satoshi ordered the gelato and coffee 1580 yen (about US$15.80). Vanilla and chocolate gelato and a raspberry sorbet. He said these were delicious.
I ordered the maple waffle set 1500 yen (about US$15). This came with chocolate sauce, maple syrup, vanilla ice cream....and whipped cream plus 3 confiture (vanilla milk jam, strawberry jam & a pistachio orange jam). In addition, it came with a drink of your choice. I chose an iced latte.
The good thing about this dessert was that if you wanted more waffles you could have seconds. I didn't, but would definitely get this again. My favorite topping was the chocolate sauce, it was dark and delicious. Plus, you could dip the fresh fruits in it like a fondue.
I think our lunch and dessert definitely made up for the bad experience at the Mint.
Whity Umeda, near the Izumi Hiroba
*there are many shops around Osaka