Before my trip, I asked Hiro (of @uzu9dc) if there were places to check out in Osaka, since he lived there before. He recommended Chitose. A day before arriving in Osaka, I was looking on my IG feed and saw @jennifshin (her IG is awesome btw) post a picture about one of her favorite meals in Osaka. It was also Chitose. I figured that this was a sign and sought out this restaurant.
There was a chilly drizzle coming down by the time my friend and I arrived at Chitose around 10:50AM, twenty minutes after opening. There was already a line of about 15 people patiently waiting their turn while huddling under their umbrellas. The fragrance of the dashi broth lingered in the air, teasing everybody about the meal to come.
When we got in, we were seated at one of four communal tables in the small, 18-seat dining area. One lady was taking care of the greeting, serving, cleaning, and accepting payments while two more were in the kitchen. It’s a small operation; once the food runs out, the restaurant closes for the day. .
Anyways, we ordered both their famed Nikusui, a meat soup dish with a soft boiled egg, green onions, and beef, and their syotama, raw egg over rice. The soup arrived at our table, steaming and just beckoning us to indulge in its umami-filled broth. The syotama would arrive shortly thereafter, the yolk lazily staring at us from its bed of rice. We mixed the rice and egg together until every grain of rice was coated in a golden-yellow goodness. It was clean and simple food—the perfect way to kick off the Osaka trip—and something I found myself craving again a few hours later. Turns out I’m not the only one—I got so many people commenting on my IG story about how they missed or enjoyed that dish. It’s that special of a place.