Osaka has dozens of fantastic yakitori restaurants. Here is our pick of Osaka yakatori restaurants that are affordable, friendly, and delicious.
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If you eat meat, it’s hard to argue with skewered, charcoal-grilled chicken. In Japan, this is known as yakitori. The chicken is grilled with either a soy-based tare sauce or salt. Yakitori can be as cheap and cheerful as you please, making a fantastic accompaniment to alcoholic drinks of all sorts. On the other hand, yakitori can be elevated to a veritable art form, given the kind of attention to detail you find in rarefied French restaurants to make the best chicken you’ve ever tasted in your life.
Something that distinguishes Japanese yakitori is the sheer variety of chicken parts available. Eating just thigh and breast is passe; if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try neck meat (seseri), reba (liver), sunazuri (gizzard), tsukune (meatball), or nankotsu (cartilage)?
Osaka has dozens of fantastic yakitori restaurants. These are just a few that are affordable, friendly, and delicious.
- Tsuki no Odori (Minami; moderate)
Tsuki no Odori on the Dotombori Arcade has everything a diner could ever want from a yakitori joint: delicious, creative chicken skewers from friendly staff. It’s even halal-friendly, as long as you make advance reservations. Recommended!
- Akiyoshi Umeda Branch (Kita; moderate)
Akiyoshi might be a yakitori chain, but their skewers are consistently good and they have English menus, making this a tourist-friendly option. Plus, their restaurant spaces are usually larger and have comfortable tables - perfect for larger groups or the claustrophobic!
- Kuruma Shinsaibashi Branch (Minami; moderate)
For a casual but tasty yakitori dinner in comfortable surroundings, Kuruma in Shinsaibashi fits the bill. They use flavourful free-range chicken from Miyazaki, and have a variety of dishes from chicken sukiyaki to chicken sashimi in addition to the usual skewers.
- Kushitaku (Minami; moderate to expensive)
Kushitaku’s yakitori is a cut above many other restaurants in the surrounding Shinsaibashi area: they use a special free-range breed that’s far more flavourful than your average chicken. It’s a fantastic place to level up on your yakitori dining experiences!
- Motomi Osaka Nishi-Umeda Branch (Kita; moderate)
Motomi is a gorgeous, slightly upmarket yakitori restaurant in the Kita-Shinchi near Umeda. Their chicken skewers are delicious, the surroundings are ultra-stylish, and there’s a wide selection of sake, shochu, spirits, and even a few wines. What’s not to love?
- Torijiro Dotonbori Branch (Minami; budget)
Having a late night out with friends around Dotonbori and need a place to eat when the party’s over? Yakitori at Torijiro on Dotonbori Arcade is just the ticket when hunger comes calling at 1am.
- Sumibi Yakitori Miyabi (Kita; moderate)
Heading over to Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade for the day and need a dinner option? Look no further than Sumibi Yakitori Miyabi, a restaurant serving up all kinds of skewers and more. If you’re craving chicken hotpot or chicken ramen, this is a great place to hit up too.
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