Some friends wanted to take me out to ramen in Osaka, but I insisted on the area's more famous dish. I wanted okonomiyaki.
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!
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.
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.
The location inside popular Umeda Station makes this one super convenient.
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