Thursday, February 11, 2016

あらうま堂 (Araumatei in Osaka)

あらうま堂

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Some friends wanted to take me out to ramen in Osaka, but I insisted on the area's more famous dish. I wanted okonomiyaki.

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Delicious savory pancakes fried at your table. Topped with all manner of things (in this case a kind of starchy root and pig inards). Love the stuff!

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Wait, you thought I could get away with taking a ramen-break?

Turns out there is a ramen shop next door, managed by the same people, that will bring you a bowl after you finish your okonomiyaki. The ramen shop itself had a line of about 10 people outside, so this was a score.

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Araumatei's namesake bowl is a tonkotsu shoyu that was, fortunately, lighter than average. Shime ramen, ramen served after a meal, is best if it isn't motor-oil-thick. That's just my opinion, though. Nice chashu and a smooth umami aftertaste as well.

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The location inside popular Umeda Station makes this one super convenient.

Map of 3 Chome-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0001, Japan

大阪府大阪市北区梅田3-1-1 アクティ大阪B1 1F
Osaka, Osaka-shi, Kita-ku, Umeda 3-1-1 (Inside the station building)
Closest station: Osaka

Open 11:00-11:00