Osaka 2019 Roundup - Day 2: More food + Shopping + Umeda

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The morning began a little late. So first things first: Brunch!

And since we're in Japan, it made sense that our first meal be sushi. So we head over to Jinen Unagidani (じねん 鰻谷南通り店), a sushi place I had wanted to stop by 3 years ago when I last came with my same-bday sister but didn't because the place was under renovation.

3 years later...

TA-DAHHHH!


This place had really value set lunches and the place was kinda filled with locals already when we arrived just after they opened. Shortly later we did get a nice table seat and we proceeded to order.  The parents had themselves a rice bowl instead, and because I shared with my sister, we ordered their sushi set (for 1.5 persons servings), which costed about 1800 yen, alongside other sushi items.


One of the sushi items I wanted to try was their unagi butter sushi (540 yen for 2 pieces) and fresh abalone sushi (540yen for 2 pieces).

So we did try them and it was pretty enjoyable but though not exactly very impactful as I would have hoped it to be. The unagi butter sushi though, was interesting because it was a little more buttery and oily with the unagi.


The lady waitress was extremely friendly and patient with us as well. Overall an inexpensive stop for sushi in a quieter part near Dotonbori, which we enjoyed. 

Details of Jinen Unagidani (Minamitori store): https://jinen.org/content1/unagidani/
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/dHTKxcuEVj2f1Wmw5

After Jinen, the sister wanted crepes so I googled for the nearest crepe store and found 27 Cafe by Marion Crepes. I had good memories of Marion crepes when I had it in Tokyo and Hokkaido, so I was kinda expecting the same from 27 Cafe by Marion Crepes, because, well they are part of Marion Crepes, aren't they? This one had the same large variety as its parent company but sadly they failed the taste test and I was sad! I could only take a photo with the huge number of crepe displays which looked good. On display.

Overall taste review: Failure to please and satisfy.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/thVaWzmRPArNSwDx9



The rest of the afternoon was spent around Dotonbori strolling and shopping, and going crazy over the cuteness overload of Pompompurin (my favourite character) in the Sanrio store. Went a little cray cray until we clocked enough to actually head to Daimaru for tax refund. lol!






GACHAPON EVERYDAYYYYY!





Also, spotted One Piece Magazine on a random convenience store mag rack so had to take a shot with it.

After all that shopping, we wanted to check out Umeda Sky Building's Floating Garden Observatory, its height stands at 170 metres.

While on the way to the Umeda Sky Building, we chanced upon the Square Enix Cafe as well, and had to take photos! Yay!




Stuff I saw while making my way to the Sky Building, which was about a 10 - 15 min walk from the Umeda subway station.





We finally reached the Sky Building! There was literally a queue to even take the lift up (to the 39th floor), so if you want to go, make sure to take that into consideration. We reached there about 5.30pm and we queued for about 20 mins to get up.


When we reached, we realised that we'd have to pay another SGD$13 (1000yen) per person to head up, so we decided to make better use of the money to head over Skydust Star Lounge, where we could sit down with drinks and have some shared bites while looking at the sunset into the Osaka cityscape.

Details on Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien Observatory): https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/umeda-sky-building
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JjCMrzc9SqC8DFrR7







After chilling for abit, we were still feeling hungry, so we went to check out the Takimi Koji Gourmet Street located in the basement of the Sky Building.

The gourmet street was designed to resemble the simple Osaka village from the Taisho period in the 1910's and 20's. This gourmet street features 20 different restaurants here serving everything from local dishes to international food such as Indian curry and French cuisine.

Details on the Takimi Koji Gourmet Street: http://www.takimikoji.jp/



We wanted to have katsudon and so we literally proceeded to dine in KATSUDON, a restaurant within the gourmet street, which obviously specialises in rice bowl with cutlet.

The food was good! We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Details of KATSUDON: http://www.takimikoji.jp/shop/katsudon



Thereafter, it was close to 9pm so we proceeded back to our hotel to recharge for day 3!

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