Sunday, October 23, 2011

foodie wednesday in osaka

Wednesday, Satoshi had the day off, so we went to check out a friend's art exhibit in Osaka.

It was just about lunchtime when we arrived at Honmachi, so we went to check out a cafe, but the line was out the door. (top left photo)

So, we checked out a ramen shop around the corner, Rakuzan.

This shop seats 15. The base of their soup is a curry, with a hint of coconut milk.

I tried their won ton men and all their ramen comes with a musubi...700 yen.

Satoshi went with their tan tan men (with a musubi)...750 yen.

This was good, just the right amount of heat and I liked their thin noodles.

Unfortunately, because it was peak lunchtime, we couldn't sit around and chat, there was a line of hungry office workers, ready to take our seats.

So we thought we'd have some coffee at Hiraoka Coffee Shop. This place has been in business since 1921.

They are known for their coffee 320 yen and donuts 120 yen each.

When you walk in, be prepared to be enveloped in cigarette smoke...blah!

And then when you bite into the donut your mouth is coated with oil...eww!

A definite hangout for older male office workers, I think they've stayed in business because of their coffee. As for their donuts, I think they need to keep them on paper towels or something...

After visiting the art exhibit, we walked around the area, you could still see a lot of people in search of lunch and feel the excitement of it in the air.

We saw this objet called the "global tree" and I liked how it reflected the surroundings.

I had an appointment in the afternoon, so Satoshi and I met up for dinner in Umeda afterwards.

We checked out Nakanoya, located in Lucua. I had the torisoboro teishoku, this came with soba or udon (I chose cold soba)...delicious and a lot of food for only 850 yen.

Satoshi had the take-kago (bamboo basket) bento...1450 yen, this came with all sorts of little dishes and soba or udon, which he chose hot soba.

Great foodie day, the weather has been quite sunny and HOT!

4-6-2 Hirano-machi
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6226.1417
Closed Sundays & Holidays
Hours: 11:00-15:00

Hiraoka Coffee Shop
3-6-11 Kawaramachi
Chuo, Osaka
Phone: 06.6231.6020
Closed Sundays & Holidays
Hours: 8:00-18:00 (M-F), 8:00-13:00 (Sa)

Nakanoya (no longer in business : 2021)
Lucua 10F
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6151.1382
Hours: 11:00-23:00


Japan Australia said...

Love a good foodie day and looks like you had some good stuff. I can't resist tan tan men so that made my mouth water :)

Japan Australia

K and S said...

I like tan tan men also J-A :)

Take care.

Patzie said...

curry soup based? wow that's something new to me. I would love to try :)

such a great foodie day you had!

K and S said...

Thanks Patzie, I hope you get a chance to try curry ramen soon :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Too bad about that donut Kat....eeew, I could just imagine biting into that. THe ramen sounded interesting though.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It looks like an enjoyable day--except for the smoking and the donut anyway. ;-)

Rowena said...

Oily donuts...yuck! Sounds like summer doesn't wanna leave you guys!

K and S said...

yeah I should've known better when I saw them on the counter just sitting out, Kirk...

definitely Deb!

going away s-l-o-w-l-y Rowena :0

Take care everyone.

K said...

Sounds like a great ramen day! Too bad about the coffeeshop.

K and S said...

coffee was good, donut was bad, K :)

Take care.