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“SAWADA” in Shinsaibashi

“SAWADA” in Shinsaibashi

A lunch that's overflowing with elegance by a chef from a famous restaurant in Hong Kong—and at an affordable price!

For today’s lunch, I went to a Chinese restaurant in Shinsaibashi called “SAWADA”.
Here, you can help yourself to genuine Chinese cuisine prepared and extensively arranged by their chef using the skills he has gained after training at a famous Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong.
For lunch, they offer three choices: the “Yamcha Lunch,” “Tantanmen Lunch,” and their “Daily Special Lunch.” I had quite a hard time picking one…
In the end, I had their “Daily Special Lunch” (¥880) with “Mini Mapo Doufu” (+¥150).
The main dish for today’s daily special is “Crispy Fried Chicken Thigh Meat with Spice Vegetable Sauce ‘You Lin Chi Toi’.” Along with it are Tianjin, soup, salad, pickled vegetables, and eat-all-you-can Toyama Koshihikari Rice. Count in the Mini Mapo Doufu I added earlier, and this meal gets a perfect score for size!


Dipping the crispy fried chicken thigh meat in the separately served spice vegetable sauce…



The breading was very crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. The flavorful spice vegetable sauce matched perfectly with the chicken!


“Mini Mapo Doufu” (+¥150)
Even though it’s called “mini,” the serving filled this deep bowl and that made me really happy!



First you taste a deep richness and flavor, and after that comes the numbing spiciness of the Sichuan Sansho (Japanese pepper). It was wonderful!
I was deeply impressed by this encounter with such a genuine-tasting Mapo Doufu!


I tried putting some on my rice…


The rice by itself was very sweet and delicious, so it was a splendidly perfect match with the flavorful Mapo Doufu!



Soup, dim sum, salad…


All of these are overflowing with refined tastes!



The meal came with some Annin Tofu (Apricot Kernel Pudding) for dessert, so I’m now full and very satisfied!!



The restaurant is located on the basement floor of the building. The store interior was stylish and overflowing with neatness. I can understand why the overwhelming majority of their customers were female. (^^
I would very much like to pay them another visit in the evening and taste more of their various dishes while drinking some beer or Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)!


store SAWADA
tel 06-6252-6022
address Enkei Building B1F, 1-4-14, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
Google Map
transport 205m from Shinsaibashi Station
opening hours Open everyday
holiday [Lunch] 11:30〜15:00 (December 11:30〜14:30) [Dinner] 17:30〜23:00
Original(Written in Japanese)



Trying out foods for 20 years. In pursuit of "good value", "bargain price", and "make you happy" lunch, has tried about 10,000 shops. Opened a blog, "M's lunch", in May 2005. On average the blog gets 70,000 daily views. Published "M's lunch: Kansai's BEST 100" by Kodansha in 2009. With the theme of "The charismatic blogger speaks: What do trending shops have in common?", has lectured many times at the local chamber of commerce. Regularly appears in Kansai TV's program "Yo-i Don!", and presents "Good Value Lunch".