Recommendation by Lemi
Osaka truly outdoes itself by taking something as banal as frying to a tradition worth mastering. At Matsuba (串かつ松葉), they have such expert craftsmen. The classics are in complete attendance, of course, but a few new flavors make their debut: like camembert or chicken in curry powder. They may seem like strong flavors, but the light batter and vegetable oil keep flavors clean. Ordering at Matsuba is slightly different. The Kushikatsu is already fried and laid out ready to pick from. Movement is pretty quick so a new warm batch is always on its way. Prices can be identified by the kind of stick used—short 12 centimeters and split 15 centimeters sticks, can mark a difference from JPY100 and JPY200. Don’t worry if you get confused, there’s a guide on the counter to help you.
9-20 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
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