Food destination Dotonbori , Osaka Japan

Dotonbori stuck in my head from the first time I saw it in ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain. He wandered around  eating, smoking, drinking and swearing  accompanied by a Manzai act (traditional Japanese stand-up comedy involving two performers). It was hilarious.

Tourists everywhere
Tourists everywhere

I imagined myself doing the same thing . I too wanted to eat okonomiyaki, takoyaki and  grilled crab legs.
We just came from Nara and Cherry Blossom viewing at the Japan Mint Museum so I was a bit tired. But once we got to Dotonbori I got energized.
The energy around the  area and the people were infectious.
The aroma of  delicious food was intoxicating. There were endless street food stalls and restaurants  that my head was spinning trying to decide what to eat first.

It was in the evening and all the tourists descended upon Dotonbori and the Dotonbori Canal.
There’s a lot of tax-free shops around the area and plenty of places to eat so it was understandably crowded.
 Don Quixote Tax-free shop facing the Dotonbori Canal
Don Quixote Tax-free shop facing the Dotonbori Canal

The first thing we went for was takoyaki .

The lines weren’t that bad and I guess I was hungry at that point because I immediately put one in my mouth after paying the nice lady.
takoyaki
takoyaki
There was about one minute of extreme pain from the molten hot batter coating my tongue and roof of my mouth .
All the time I said to myself  ‘it will be worth it’. Unfortunately it was  kinda average .
I’ve had better takoyaki in the U.S. I think it was too big so the inside was liquid, almost uncooked batter while the outside was done.
Of all the options ,we ended up playing it safe and had Ramen. It was one of those where you pay outside at the vending machine and present the ticket to the seated area. My mouth was still sore from the takoyaki mishap but I slurped away.I later shopped for some souvenirs for my family in the Philippine at one of the bigger tax-free stores called Don Quixote. I also remember my wife stopping by a DAISO store and me thinking that even in Japan we never miss going to a DAISO store at least once a week.
Doutonbori Kanidoraku from Hikkakebashi
Doutonbori Kanidoraku from Hikkakebashi
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