There’s a Japanese saying that translates into “Dress into ruin in Kyoto, eat into ruin in Osaka.” Osakans love their food and one bite of this takoyaki (or almost anything else in Osaka for that matter) will make you understand why.
One major food place in Osaka is Dontonburi, a major tourist area that’s a trip in and of itself. Parts of it make New York’s Times Square look calm by comparison! Anyways, it’s here that you will find a lot of famous restaurants lining up the street. Many have crazy signage (like a 21 feet crab) and there’s always a line in front of the most popular restaurants.
One such restaurant is Kukuru (which has a huge octopus sign out in front). It specializes in takoyaki, a snack where bits of octopus are mixed in a flour-based dough and cooked into balls. It has a nice, crispy exterior, but the interior is barely cooked and very soft (which contrasts nicely with the chewy octopus). They then top off the balls with a variety of sauces and toppings, including takoyaki sauce, mayo, bonito flakes (katsuobushi), and dried green seaweed powder (Aomori). You then can make your way upstairs to the dining areas or forgo the cramped restaurant and eat the takoyaki in the street. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious.
Dontonburi Kukuru (tabelog)
1-10-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka Prefecture