OSAKA TRAVEL BLOG DAY 2
We bought a weekend unlimited travel pass for Yen600 to go around Osaka. Note: for weekdays it’s Yen800 for a day. For most of our trips, we travelled around via train as it was really convenient and the train arrival times on the timetable were accurate too.
For the first stop, we arrived at Nagohori-Dori station which is to the north of the famous Dontonburi (about 5-10mins walk). Outside the station, we found bikes for rental and there are also enough spaces to park around train stations.
We walked around this area and realised that there was a youth culture – cosplay. The youths appeared in small and big groups and were dressed up in anime sort of costumes. For breakfast, we went to Komeda, which is a Nagoya based company famous for its coffee. This is one of their chain stores which provides good consistency.
Great Hot dogs , Great Coffee!
We next went in search for authentic Japanese Ossan (Uncle) and Oba (Aunt) managed eating restaurants.
Perinoikuradon is managed by a husband and wife couple and is located about 5 minutes walk from the Dontonburi. They sell reasonably priced ikura don for an astonishing price of only Yen680 for a bowl of ikura. There are also other selections of fresh scallops (Hotategai) and sea urchins (Uni) and delicious blue swimmer crab (kani-juru watari-gani) in miso (fermented bean paste soup). The ikura that we had are the hard type which bursts with flavour inside the mouth. The marinating sauce (tsukejiru) is the same type of soy sauce base with a hint of rice sake.
The queue was so long as we got there late. We waited for about 1 hr before we were served to our seats. However long the wait was, this has still got to be one of the best in terms of value and quality around Osaka!
Our total bill ¥2960 or SGD$36, way too good to be true.
The food is usually sold out by the afternooon and opening timings are rather irregular. It would usually be opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Inside the shop, the interiors are quite small and filled with 3 long counter tables enough to serve about 9 pax per seating. Do be early to avoid disappointment.
Albeit the uncle was the sole chef for the restaurant and got to manage orders, dishes and payment, he was still very courteous when serving us the food. We were also pleasantly surprised that he spoke some english to us, asked us where we were from and was patient with me taking all the pictures. We miss his dishes so much even till today!
Address: Higashishinsaibashi, Chuoku, Osaka 542-0083, Osaka Prefecture
Phone: +81 6-6211-1123
For KANSAI Osaka Region Itinerary:
Osaka Day 1: Kansai Airport, AirBnb stay
Osaka Day 2: Nagohori-Dori, Perinoikuradon (This Post)