Follow Maggie Beer's journey through Japan to discover the best food in the nation. Next stop: Osaka.
When you arrive in Osaka, the first place you should go is Dotonbori. The thriving hub of Osaka is pumping with shops, eateries and gorgeous canals.
Hozenji Yokocho Alley is a collection of 60 small izakaya, bars and eateries in an alleyway behind Hozenji Temple. The street has been filled with nightlife since the 17th century when the area was a theatre district. This is where you will find Kigawa: a Michelin-starred restaurant owned by Chef Ueno.
If you watch the program (Maggie Beer in Japan, August 2 at 8:30pm) you’ll see me have one of the best treats of my life here at Kigawa: an incredible sea urchin dish that I had memorably eaten in Japan when I first visited this amazing country many years ago.
After you're done dining, visit the nearby shopping district, Sennichimae Doguyasuji (roughly translates to ‘cooking tools street’): a 150 metre-long arcade dedicated to everything a chef needs – knives, bowls, grills, neon signs, utensils, pots and pans - you name it, it’s there.
Another thing you must do in Osaka is eat okonomiyaki - the Japanese pancake! You can find okonomiyaki at street stalls in Dotonbori, but I decided to treat myself to a meal at Pasina restaurant, which stocks a variety of Australian wines. As it so happened, I got a taste of home as I neared the end of my trip in Japan.
Follow Maggie's adventures on Maggie in Japan, August 2 at 8:30pm on Lifestyle.
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