Kansai is known for its Konamono. It is Kansai’s signature food. Konamono is the food made with flour and in Kansai, it is affectionately called “Konamon”. Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, are one of the famous foods in Kansai, and they are representative of Konamon as well. In summer, people who live in Kansai love the combination of Konamon and cold beer and in winter, they enjoy hot Konamon and warm up their body.
There are various Konamon restaurants in Japan. In this article, we introduce some of the best Konamon restaurants in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe that you should definitely try! This time, we will introduce only those restaurants just a short walk from the station, so it is easy to find for first-time visitors.
Nagata Tanksuji, Sannomiya (Kobe)
Nagata Tanksuji is a yakisoba and okonomiyaki restaurant located in San Plaza, an underground shopping center in Chuo-ku, Kobe City. Its specialty is Nagata-style okonomiyaki, a traditional taste of Nagata, Kobe. It is characteristic of layers of “bokkake”, cabbage, and other ingredients.
The signature item menu is Nagata’s specialty, “Bokkake Soba-yaki”. It is a downtown gourmet, which traditional medium-thick noodles is perfect match to “bokkake”.
“Bokkake Modern-yaki,” which has been featured on TV, is also popular. This is a cut above modern-yaki that brings out the best of the natural sweetness of cabbages. To bring out the best in the ingredients, we use the selected sauce.
Be sure to try the “soba-meshi,” said to have originated in Kobe! The “Bokkake Suji Soba-meshi,” is a special menu that spicy sauce goes well with rice, noodles, and bukkake.
There’s a teppan on the counter, too, so you can eat dishes served warm, the freshly prepared!
And our sauce sommelier will introduce the four original sauces and explain Kobe style, so you can enjoy comparing them!
1-8-1 20, Sannomiya-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
2-minute walk from Hankyu Kobe Line Kobe-sannomiya Station
5-minute walk from Hanshin Main Line Kobe-Sannomiya Station
Tanimoto, Takatsuki (Osaka)
The owner of this restaurant trained at a famous okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima Prefecture. His experienced steamed okonomiyaki maximizes the sweetness of the cabbage and it is the authentic taste of Hiroshima itself. They only use the soba noodles that are purchased from a famous noodle factory in Hiroshima.
Enjoy the authentic Hiroshima Okonomiyaki in Takatsuki, Osaka!
2-14-27, Johoku-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka
2-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Takatsuki-shi Station
Mossan's Betayaki, Saiin (Kyoto)
“Betayaki” is a Kyoto’s signature food, which is layers of cabbage, beef tendon, buckwheat, and other ingredients. It’s common to eat with sauce, but you can enjoy this betayaki with only salt. Try our signature betayaki with salt, which brings out the umami of cabbage selected carefully and beef tendon!
“Oni Nama Lemon Shochu-hi,” which contains one lemon, is an also speciality of this restaurant. Enjoy it with served warm, the freshly prepared betayaki!
141, Nishikiomiya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
1-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Omiya Station
Takarazuka Iroha, Takarazuka (Hyogo)
Takarazuka Iroha has been popular in Takarazuka for more than 35 years, and is a well-known restaurant.
Many Takaraziennes visit for its teppan cuisine using vegetables and seafood from the suburbs.
The “Seafood Mix” is a very luxurious dishes that has a large octopus sauteed in butter and also includes shrimp and squid. The light texture of the batter melts in your mouth, so even women can eat everything.
In the restaurant, there are a lot of postcards autographed by Takaraziennes who visited there.
Besides, you can see about 100 dynamic menu posted on red wall!
If you don’t know what to choose, please ask to the staff and they will tell you good menu using recommended ingredients!
5-4-2, Kawamo, Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo
2-minute walk from Hankyu Takarazuka Line Takarazuka Station
Takoyaki Juhachiban Nishinakajima Honten, Minamikata (Osaka)
Out of the ticket gates of Hankyu Minamikata Station, good smell comes from this store.
“Takoyaki Juhachiban” style is to flip over the batter and so much amount of Tenkasu (deep-fried bits) you barely see the teppan, and fry until it is crispy. The creamy batter blended milk and dashi (cooking stock) is exquisite.
It is a best part to turn takoyaki upside down with two thin sticks faster than you could see.
It is said to be a craftsmanship that it takes at least one year to master, even if he bakes every day.
Crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside! Try the hot takoyaki made from the combination of craftsmanship and ingredients!
3-17-17, Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
Right by Hankyu Kyoto Line Minamikata Station
There are so many okonomiyaki and takoyaki restaurants in Kansai that many people are at a loss as to where to go.
When you visit Kansai, be sure to try the signature food, Konamon!