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“Leone” in Kitashinchi

“Leone” in Kitashinchi

A Groundbreaking New Type of Dish: The Exquisite Hot and Sour Mapo Keema!

For today’s lunch I went to “Leone” in Kitashinchi, which serves a wide range of delicious dishes with a focus on Italian cuisine.

An astonishing number of different curries appear on the menu and change on a weekly basis, including the incredible spicy keema curry.
I had to go back to have the legendary sweet sour mapo keema (¥1,000) again, which left a lasting impression on me the last time I had it.
The saffron turmeric rice, topped with minced meat keema curry, is doused in a clear broth and garnished with hot sesame oil and green onions.
The look of the dish stirs the imagination as to what it may taste like.


Take a spoon full of of the saffron turmeric rice, keema and the broth and…


Whoa, so good!!
The incredible depth and spiciness makes you wonder: Has there ever been a dish like this?
It’s difficult to describe this new type of cuisine, which seems to defy categorization, but it is simply amazing.



The bean curry, which came as a side…


This one has a very mild taste.



This restaurant, hidden on the third floor of a building in Kitashinchi, is so popular that there is a line out the door depending on when you go.
They are only open for lunch during weekdays. But when you get a chance, be sure to go try this new type of dish: The hot and sour mapo keema!


store Leone
tel 06-6348-1151
address Palmary Inn Dojima 3F, 1-2-7, Dojima, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
Google Map
transport 231m from Oebashi Station
opening hours [Mon.-Fri.] 11:30~13:30 , 18:00~24:30 [Sat.] 18:00~24:30
holiday Sundays and National holidays
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".