Osaka-Ohsho (Osaka, Japan)
This was our first real Japanese meal in Japan and it happened on our second day when we visited America-Mura and Dotombori the next day after we arrived. We woke up quite late as it was quite a long non-stop flight from Auckland, I think we arrived quite late in our accommodation, it was tiring so we have to recharge for many long sightseeing days to follow.
It was nearly noon when we were walking near the centre of America-Mura looking for ramen and takoyaki then we stumbled upon this place, Osaka-Ohsho. Though they did not offer takoyaki we still dined in as we were already hungry since our last proper meal was from the Air New Zealand flight we were on.
It was lunch time and the place was very full, luckily my dining table angel was there with us so we don’t have to really wait for a table and there was one waiting for us. I know what we will be ordering and the menu was quite simple so it was a no brainer. We grabbed the three popular ramen flavours and a gyoza.
First was the miso ramen (¥590.00), as the name suggest the broth is made with miso hence its flavour profile is nutty, savoury and sweet.
Next was the Tonkotsu ramen (¥590.00) where broth is made with pork bones slowly simmered long hours to achieve this thick and cloudy white in colour coming from melting fat and collagen.
Then we also had this Shoyu ramen (¥510.00), a ramen where broth is infused with soy sauce base giving it a brown but clear colour.
All ramen dishes were amazing and definitely they all have that full of flavour, it’s not just the broth even the texture of the noodles was great, everything seems to be perfect, it was such a good experience, an experience you can only have in a very nice Japanese restaurant back in New Zealand and here it’s just an everyday normal affair.
Apart from the ramen we also tried their gyoza (¥240/6 pcs) and it was so good we have to grab two orders after the first.
I think if I have one complaint it would be the amount of meat on each bowl of ramen, while this is normal in Japan where meat portions are commonly very diminutive I feel it would even be better if it has more meat on it. I think because I am from New Zealand I felt being deprived of protein when I see one or two very thin slices of meat on my dish.
But on the bright side due to the amount of flavour on the broth sometimes you forget that there is no meat at all. Actually I never felt this on the first few days, it only happened after a week where I start to have meat withdrawals 🙂
Address: 1 Chome-8-18 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6281-1539