Karatto is a stylish, slightly upmarket kushikatsu restaurant located a stone’s throw from Shinsaibashi Station. Not only is the food delicious and generously portioned, it’s open till 5:00am - great to finish off a night of karaoke or partying.
Karatto - image © Florentyna Leow
Kushikatsu is typically perceived as a working-class food, but a place like Karatto in Shinsaibashi proves that you can elevate it to further heights. The first clue is in the surroundings: the restaurant itself is inside a renovated century-old warehouse with stylish decor and tasteful furniture, unlike the usual fluorescent-lit, counter seat-only places that are the norm for kushikatsu.
Karatto - image © Florentyna Leow
Then there’s the food itself. Karatto has salt tableside for dipping - reminiscent of fancy tempura restaurants - instead of the usual communal pots of black sauce where you can’t double dip. The regular skewers include items like pork, sausages, and beer, but you’ll also find some more unusual options, like salmon with tartar sauce, mozzarella skewers, and avocado or banana with condensed milk.
Deep-fried food isn’t usually considered the most refined of foods, but this is one kushikatsu restaurant we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend as a slightly upmarket and fun date spot. The best part is that it’s open until 5:00am, so it’s also great to finish off a night of drinking, karaoke, or general partying in Osaka.
For more Osaka kushikatsu choices, see our Best Kushikatsu in Osaka page.
1-3-23 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, 542-0085
Subway: 1-minute walk from exit 5 of Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Lines.
:: Read customer reviews of Karatto on TripAdvisor.
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