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As you may know, Takoyaki is one of the most popular Osaka cuisine. In this article, I do not explain takoyaki itself. If you do not know much about takoyaki, then please see Wikpedia.
Many Osaka people have their own "takoyaki-ki" which is a kind of special cooker of takoyaki in their home.
When you come to Osaka area, many foreign people will be surprised to find many Takoyaki Yatai (wiki) everywhere in the city. And at some of those Yatai, there may be long waiting que for buying takoyaki. It is also surprising for Osaka people.
Even there are many takoyaki yatai in the city, the taste of takoyaki are different.
Today I will introduce one of my favorite takoyaki restaurant. This is not takoyaki yatai but takoyaki restaurant.
The name is "Umai Ya" / "うまい屋"
The direct meaning of this Japanese name "Umai Ya" is "delicious house". At this restaurant, you can buy and take them away as usual takoyaki yatais. And also you can eat them in this restaurant. You will enjoy eating takoyaki in the restaurant.
When you enter this restaurant, you will find the menu on the wall. For the people who do not understand Japanese Kanji, I will translate them from the left to right.
Please click the menu above and print it as your order sheet.
I'm afraid English is not available in this restaurant. So if you would like to order Takoyaki 8 balls, then ask as follows,
Takoyaki hachi ko onegai shimasu.
This sentence means, " Eight takoyakis please " After a few minutes, takoyaki will be served for you. Unfortunately, if there is no takoyaki on the teppan plate, you must wait around ten minutes or more.
The special feature of takoyaki in Umai-ya is to eat takoyaki without any sauce. It is very rare case in Osaka takoyaki world.
But you will find takoyaki sauce on the table, you may eat takoyaki with sauce if you would like. You can enjoy takoyaki of Umai-ya in two ways !
If you would like to enjoy Japan's unique drink, then please try "Coffee Milk (bottled) 120 yen". Coffee Milk looks like cafe au lait but the taste is different.
How to order is "Ko-hi Gyunyu kudasai"
Don't say "coffee" but "Ko-hi" !
If you have time after Umai-ya takoyaki, please enjoy shoping in "Tenjinbashi-suji Shoten-gai（天神橋筋商店街）". Tenjinbashi-suji Shoten-gai is the longest shopping arcade in Japan. You will find many many Japan's unique shops and restaurant there.
More photos here (in Japanese)
[Restaurant] Umai Ya
[Address] 4-21 Naniwacho, Kitaku Osaka city, Osaka
[Station] Tenma-eki of JR Kanjosen or Tenjinbashisuji 6 chome station of subway Sakaisuji-sen.
[Phone] 06 6373 2929
[Open] 11:30 - 19:00 (close earlier when sold out)
[Fixed holiday] Closed on every Tuesday
[Language] English is NOT available. (Only Japanese)
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