Recommendation by Lemi
Osaka’s love affair with deep-fried food started in Shinsekai, a colorful neighborhood that was built with New York and Paris in mind. Daruma features more than 40 kinds of Kushikatsu, from Classic Beef that is tender to bite to Red Ginger that is refreshingly acidic. Upsize your beer to a large as you make your way through the long list! It’s believed that the owner of Daruma served it first in 1929. Kushikatsu was a cheap, quick fix for workers that favored hearty ingredients, but now you never know what’ll leave the deep-fryer next! There are over 10 locations for Daruma in Osaka, but Shinsekai is where they keep their heart, home, and roots. It’s popular with the shopping crowd so there’s always a line, but turnover is quick. It’s an unspoken rule to free up your seat as soon as you’re done.
2-3-9 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan
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