Meijiken, Osaka

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Meijiken is a Western Japanese restaurant located in Shinsaibashi. This restaurant serves omu rice (omelet rice), cutlets, curry rice, soups, and steak. There are English menus available but it does not consist all the dishes that are on the Japanese menu, and they do not accept credit card. When we were there, there was a waiter that could speak sufficient English.

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My sister ordered the omu rice with a chicken cutlet. She enjoyed it, she thought it was delicious. For me, it just tasted like tomato rice and egg. It was decent but nothing special about it. That is just my personal opinion. The chicken cutlet was nice and crusty on the outside, the inside was pretty flavorful.

 

 

 

I ordered the steak set which came with a soup (of your choice), salad, and bread/rice. I ordered the creamy corn soup which was light and creamy. The salad came with a thousand island dressing. The bread was lightly toasted, fresh, and warm with a hint of sweetness. I ordered my steak well done; it came with a brown sauce which I was not too fond of, it did not agree with my taste bud. The steak, however, went really well with the two paste that was served on the plate – mustard and pepper (I think).

 

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Nearing the end of our meal, my sister was craving for something more. So she ordered the beef stew. The stew was hearty and delicious! It was full of flavor. The potato, carrot and beef pieces were tender. It would go lovely with rice.

The total was around 5300 yen. I would say this is a restaurant worth exploring.

 

Wired Cafe, Osaka

 

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The Wired Cafe is located on the 7F of the Lucua mall at Osaka station. It is a vibrant, cozy, and work-friendly cafe, also a perfect place to chill and hang out. There are power sockets and free WIFI available. There is also an outdoor smoking dining area which overlooks the inside of the station.

The cafe offers a rich menu of rice bowls, pasta, soups, sandwiches, desserts, and a variety of drinks. Set meals are also available.

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The cappuccino was not how I liked it. It was somewhat bland, and the taste of the milk was overpowering. I am sorry to say I did not enjoy it.

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The nachos came with beef sauce, sour cream, lime, corn, tomato, and lettuce. The nacho chips paired with the beef sauce and sour cream was delicious.

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The clam chowder soup set came with bread, ham, and salad. The clam chowder was decent. I would say this was an average dish.

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The cafe offers a variety of interesting rice bowls. I ordered the white gravy hamburger steak combo. I was impressed that it had a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables.  The potato chips were good; it had a natural potato sweetness to it. The vegetables were lightly sauteed, seasoned with salt. The white gravy wasn’t too rich; it went well with the rice, egg, and steak (that’s how I ate it).

Some dishes here are good, I would recommend the rice bowls. The atmosphere is definitely a plus.

Marufuku coffee (Sennichimae branch), Osaka

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This photo is not taken by me. This is someone’s post on Instagram.

Marufuku coffee is one the oldest coffee shops in Osaka. I found this place by chance. I was getting some groceries the night before at life foods market near Namba walk. Before heading over to the cashier, I stopped by the pudding section to pick up some pudding. A particular one stood out – Marufuku coffee pudding.  What caught my attention was “since 1934”, and I thought to myself, “let’s see how good this pudding is”.

I tried the coffee pudding the next day after lunch and absolutely loved it. It was creamy and sweet with a hint of bitterness from the coffee. I looked up for more information about the brand and found out that the brand has a long history and they have coffee shops in Osaka. My sister suggested that we give it a try and I quote “We’d be a fool not to try it”. We went to the main branch in Sennichimae.

Marufuku coffee shop is a short walk from Dotonbori and Namba station. When we entered, we were greeted by a strong presence of cigarette smoke. There is no non-smoking area in the shop. If I weren’t adamant about trying the coffee, I would have walked straight out. The interior was old French cafe style.

My sister ordered a set which includes a cup of their blended coffee, coffee pudding, and two kinds of cake. I ordered the Ice cafe au lait (milk coffee) and the cheese toast (Marufuku’s specialty). The blended coffee was sharp and strong. It had a kick to it.  The iced cafe au lait had a well-balanced flavor – smooth, fragrant and bittersweet.  The cheese toast was a delight! The bread was ultra soft and fluffy. It had the right amount of cheese that it did not overpower the natural flavor of the bread. The bill came to slightly over 3,000 yen.

If you enjoy coffee and want to try something different, do give this cafe a visit. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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Fukiageya (Oyakodon), Osaka station

My sister and I had lunch at the Fukiageya restaurant.  Fukiageya is located on the 12th floor of the Hankyu Umeda Main Store at the Osaka station. This restaurant serves various Oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl) with high quality locally bred chicken. It was stated on the menu what type of chicken they use and where it is bred, but I can’t remember the name.

We did not have a lot of time to fully enjoy our meal as we had to catch a bus to the airport. We ordered whatever stood out for us on the menu and below was what we ordered.

Chicken breast katsu Oyakodon set for  1,450 yen.

The chicken cutlets were fried to perfection! It was fragrant and delicious, the inside was succulent.

I would definitely make a trip back just for those chicken cutlets 🙂

Yuki no Sakurajima Oyakodon set for 1,550 yen

This dish is also one of their famous dishes, and I can see why. I have never seen a dish quite like it – rice topped with chicken and egg white meringue.

I have to say, though, that’s a lot of egg in one dish ..haha

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Tsuruhashi Koreatown, Osaka

Tsuruhashi Koreatown in Osaka is the largest Koreatown in Japan. You can pretty much find anything Korean there. It was not part of my itinerary to visit this place because there are many Korean shops and restaurants in the city where I currently work (Beijing) due to the large population of Koreans working and residing in the city. I would prefer to explore places that are more local. My sister, who currently lives in Malaysia, was craving for Korean food. So I said I will take her there for dinner. We got to the Koreatown around 6:30 pm, a lot of the shops (except the restaurants) were already closed. It was raining so we couldn’t really explore either. We just found a random restaurant to have dinner.  We also got to sample various Korean pickles. My favorite is kimchi, and there was a store that had pretty good and spicy kimchi, so I bought some to take home.

For those who are not familiar or enjoy Korean food, this is a good area to visit.