|Snowy field views from the shinkansen|
As soon as we got to Osaka, we headed to Dotonbori in Namba ward. Its a very popular pedestrian street full of restaurants and neon lights. Our goals for the night were to find takoyaki (octopus-filled dough), okinomiyaki (how to explain? the closest would be a pancake filled with vegies and seafood?) and fugu (blowfish).
|The Glico Man|
|Tsubaraya!!! Good memories of eating fugu with Sternies here|
The takoyaki came out piping hot! It was absolutely perfect: hot, goooey and crunchy. I was pretty happy.
Next, the guys wanted to eat fugu. Osaka is know for its many fugu restaurants so we set of to find one in the smaller alleys and streets parallel to Dotonbori. Poorly cut fugu will kill you in 24 hours and there is no cure, so fugu chefs train really hard to earn their licenses.
|How much for the fugu in the window?|
This restaurant also had "hire-sake" and this was a new experience for me. It is pipping hot sake with a roasted fugu fin in it. Of course as soon as I heard of it I had to try it!
|Three little fugu fins inside the sake|
|After setting it on fire, you remove the fins|
Yeah, I won't be trying that again ... the taste of the fin is not overpowering, but I think I prefer my sake and my fish flavors separate. I am happy that I did it though.
We were still hungry and after walking around and not finding any good street okinomiyaki, we ended up in a yaki niku restaurant. I am SO glad that we ended up at that restaurant .The quality of the meat was great.
|Various beef cuts we grilled|
|Beef sushi that changed my life ... it really was that good|
After dinner we went for a couple of drinks at an "Irish Pub", where the "Irish" bartender would forget his role once in a while and reveal his French accent, he he he. The place was quite fun and the bartender gave us an awesome recommendation for a Karaoke bar where we wrapped the night. The owners of the bar were awesome, it was pretty epic.
|This blonde girl was totally digging Richard, after his Elvis cover who can blame her|
|Yeah, it was EPIC|
|The bar owner was also called Richard, here is is with his wife|