In Osaka, we can have good okonomiyaki even in izakaya.
I wanted to eat okonomiyaki having plenty of oysters in Osaka and I searched for it on the internet and I found an izakaya named Kaki (Oyster) Yamato located in Tennoji close to Abeno Harukasu.
I decided to have dinner at Kaki Yamato.
They are not okonomiyaki restaurant and grilled foods restaurant. They are izakaya and almost all their foods have oysters.
I expeted that I could enter the izakaya at their opening time in sharp. But when I telephoned the shop three days before the visiting date, the staff answered, “We have full reservation until 9:30 p.m. of the day X(”
I heard that it is very popular izakaya and they always have full reservation. It is true. Because I didn’t have anything to do that day, I reserved that time.
“Kaki yamato” is on the ground floor of the cute building having triangle roof. It seems to look up Abeno Harukasu !
Because of such a outstanding cloth having the name of the shop, I didn’t pass through in front of the shop.
There’re counter seats and tables having chairs. It is small izakaya.
I got to there before 9:30. More than half of the seats were occupied. One large group was about to leave the shop.
They prepare three valuable sets. A set (980 yen) have glass of beer and one oyster (fresh oyster or grilled oyster).
It’s good set for people that they want to have beer and oyster at first. Actually, many people ordered it.
Because I wasn’t in good condition, I gave up ordering it and ordered oolong tea and steamed oyster (蒸し牡蠣, 680 yen) instead of that.
One “steamed oyster” have two pieces of oyster.
They serve it with salt separately. But I didn’t need additional salt because those oyster had enough salt from sea.
But I felt like drinking beer all the same, so I ordered small size of beer.
They have variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the menus.
Because I went to there by myself, I ordered okonomiyaki as soon as I finished the steamed oyster.
They serve two flavors of okonomiyaki called “Tsuruhashi style” and “Okayama style”.
Tsuruhashi style is ordinary okonomiyaki that can be eaten in Osaka. And Okayama style is lighter tastes with ponzu.
Because I felt hot a bit and Okayama style have high reputation, I ordered Okayama style of Okonomiyaki (牡蠣のお好み焼き 岡山スタイル, 1280 yen).
My okonomiyaki was served in 15 minutes. It was faster than expected because they already had some order of okonomiyaki before my order.
Smaller okonomiyaki than expected. There’s no difficulty in eating it up by one person.
Whenever you cut, you can hit oyster ! There were about 7 spring oysters in this okonomiyaki.
Because of such a refreshing tastes of the okonomiyaki, I could enjoy the tastes of Oysters to the full and I realized why this “Okayama” style is so popular at the center of Osaka.
While eating okonomiyaki, a couple entered the shop without reservation. The staff confirmed about Last Order and took them to the seats.
I found we might be able to take the seats without reservation around the time. Though I don’t recommend you visit Kaki Yamato without reservation if you visit there from distant place and don’t stay around this shop. But if you stay around this shop, visiting the shop around 10:00 p.m. without reservation because they are open until 0:00 a.m. (Last Order is 23:00)
Of course, I’ll do so.
There are many okonomiyaki restaurants having high reputation in Osaka. But I expected that good restaurants in Osaka must have served good okonomiyaki. Just as I thought !
Kaki yamato have not only okonomiyaki but also variety of foods having oysters like oyster steak, jjigae and so on all year around. So I recommend this shop to all people who love oysters like me !
About Kaki Yamato (牡蠣やまと)
Address / Abeno Ponte 1F, 2-1-2 Asahicho, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Station / Tennoji station (JR, Osaka subway), Osaka-Abenobashi station (Kintetsu), Abeno station (JR, Osaka subway)
Open / 17:00 – 24:00
Closed / no scheduled
Website / http://www.yamato-foodconsulting.co.jp/oyster/index.html (in Japanese only)