Our last night in Japan, and we were still craving for yakitori, LOL! So while we were trying to find our way back to our lodging, we made a detour to have some very delicious skewers 😀
The menu came with pictures, and so all we did was point, wait and eat. Prices ranged from ¥90 to ¥400, with most items in the ¥100+ range. There was an additional cover charge of ¥220 per pax. We really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and friendly service! What a great way to end the night 🙂
Our last dinner in Japan was at this okonomiyaki place recommended by our niece. There were many options to choose from, with English menu available. The food was served onto the hotplate built into the table, so we could continue to keep the food warm. We tried okonomiyaki and yakisoba, and liked both types.
Location: North side of Nishiiri, Shijo-dori-cho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8004, Japan 四条寺町 西入ル北側 〒600-8004 京都府京都市下京区四条寺町 西入ル北側 (Google Maps)
Nearest Station: Train Hankyu-Kyoto Line Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station 阪急京都本線 京都河原町駅 (3 min walk from Exit 12)
It was deceptively dry despite the incoming typhoon, and we thought we should go for a late lunch/early dinner. We found this yakiniku place near the shopping street that opened early, and we found ourselves as the first customers. We found the food to be quite standard of a typical Japanese BBQ. Perhaps the food would be tastier if we drank some beer 🙂
There was this relatively popular conveyor-belt sushi outlet at JR Kyoto Station, and the food was pretty decent, with a few interesting sushi items. Three of us conquered 19 plates (each ranging from ¥146 to ¥463, plus 10% tax, total bill ¥4090).
For a change, we decided to skip okomiyaki and takoyaki, and the number of yakitori places around the area inspired us to find one, but unfortunately the one we wanted to try didn’t seem keen to want to serve non-Japanese. Oh well. We decided to continue roaming the streets while slowly making our way back to the hotel for an early rest. As we walked past the bars and all, we chanced upon an Izakaya menu being shone under spotlight by the roadside. Turned out that the place was at the basement, and because the menu had assorted skewer platter available, we decided to give it a try!
It was a very cozy place with 4 tables (8 seats) and a small counter bar area, and the waitress only spoke Japanese. We opted for the table and basically just pointed to the 鶏と豚と野菜１０本 (10 chicken, pork and vegetables skewers) (¥1800, worked out to be ¥2640 including appetizer and tax) 😂 Since we were not drinking, we had some みず plain water to go along. There was also a small side of pickled radish, cucumber and ginger to go along with the skewers.
We were very glad that we decided to come here. Each chicken skewer was simply juicy and flavourful. The pork skewer paled in comparison. But the vegetable ones were very delicious too! We also didn’t feel hurried and could take our own sweet time to enjoy the food and each other’s company.
Gotta say this was one of our best random find during this trip 🙂
Location: 1 Chome−18−1 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan 〒542-0083 大阪府大阪市中央区東心斎橋1-18-1 BEST PLAZA B1F (Google Maps)
Nearest Station: Subway Midosuji Line/Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line Shinsaibashi Station 地下鉄御堂筋線/長堀鶴見緑地線 心斎橋駅 (1 min walk)
We reached the ramen place around 18:30 and there was already at least 10 people hanging outside waiting. We placed our names in the waiting list, and proceeded to order from the vending machine. The Japanese menu had more options (e.g. 2 options for noodle type) compared to the English menu. We opted for the Thin noodles with everything all in (¥1220) and a Grilled Gyoza (¥410). It was a quick 5-minute wait and we were ushered to the counter seats.
The staff was kind enough to give us an empty bowl for sharing without us having to ask 🙂 The ramen was awesome! I particularly enjoyed thin noodles, so I could be a little biased 😛 The noodles were springy with a nice bite. The char siew was so tender that the fats literally melted in our mouths! The soup was flavourful and the saltiness was balanced out by the spicy oil. Overall, we were very satisfied with the ramen! The gyoza was quite juicy but we felt that the fillings were a bit too finely minced.
We were done before 7pm. Noticed that the crowd is on and off, but the turnaround is pretty fast.
Location: 1 Chome−5−7 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan 〒542-0085 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋1丁目5-7 セーナビル1F (周防町通り) (Google Maps)
Nearest Station: Subway Midosuji Line/Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line Shinsaibashi Station 地下鉄御堂筋線/長堀鶴見緑地線 心斎橋駅 (4 min walk)
There were quite a few outlets, and the one we went to was at 高银街 Gao Yin Street.
We shared 生煎双拼 (鮮肉/蝦仁) Pan-fried Pork Buns (Pork / Prawn) (¥10.50) and 家常卤肉拌面 Dry Noodles with Minced Meat (¥19) since we were not particularly hungry.
As this place was similar to a fast food restaurant, we did not have much expectations of the food. Our perception changed when hubby took the first bite into the 生煎包 pan-fried pork bun and sent a spurt of juice towards me *LOL* 的确是咬不得啊！汤汁喷得像火箭! We certainly did not expect the bun to be so juicy, and were very careful about eating it after that 😛
We were very impressed that there was so much juice enveloped by the thin skin. The fried base was also nicely crispy. Overall, we thought it was a very good 生煎包. The noodles was a bit on the salty side though.
From 西湖 West Lake, we followed instructions by 百度地图 Baidu Maps to 胜利河美食街 Shengli River Food Street by bus route 12 (¥2 per adult) with a bit of walking.
The food street was not long; we walked up and down the full length before picking a restaurant 开化农家菜 that looked quite popular. We had a 柴火鸡 Chicken Stew (¥168) and the staff helped us cook the dish. The chicken dish was awesome! It was addictive and comfortably spicy (we asked for mild spiciness) and the 玉米饼 Corn Bread complemented it really well. It was a perfect choice for such a cold night 🙂
Returning back to our hotel was via bus route 198 (¥2 per adult), where we had a nice stroll back cutting through 南宋御街 Southern Song Imperial Street. This street has some pretty buildings and intersected with 河坊街 Hefang Street.
Note: There was a ¥2 charge for cutlery. There were only public toilets (near the carpark) in this area.