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“Obata” in Kitashinchi

“Obata” in Kitashinchi

This tempura-only restaurant features a piping-hot, freshly-fried sea eel combo that's worth every yen!

Today I enjoyed lunch at a tempura shop in Kitashinchi called “Obata”.
Their lunch menu consists of a rice bowl combo featuring one of three different kinds of tempura, or a special tempura gozen set if you order in advance.

Anago Bowl (1000 yen)
I watched from my seat at the counter as the master of the restaurant fried an entire eel to perfection, sliced it into four equal pieces, and carefully laid them onto a bed of rice, topping the dish with a lightly fried egg yolk.


I opened the egg and let the yolk drizzle over the fried eel…



It was soooo goood!!
The rice was cooked to absolute perfection, the eel was piping hot, and the lightly-seasoned tempura sauce complimented everything wonderfully!
It was clearly obvious that this eel was a cut above the rest— a fact this bowl showcased perfectly!


As you can see, the lunch comes with three different side dishes, including a salad with onion dressing, pickled vegetables, and miso soup.


It even comes with sherbet for desert, and all for only 1000 yen. What a bargain!



This very cozy establishment is run by a friendly gentlemen and two very kind and attentive ladies.
A steady stream of customers kept filing in, and in no time at all, every seat was full!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive lunch and have a craving for tempura, this is the place to go!


store Obata
tel 06-6343-1038
address Sonesaki Building 2F, 1-3-36, Dojima, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
Google Map
transport 266m from Kitashinchi Station
opening hours [Mon.-Fri.] 11:30~14:00 , 18:00~22:00 [Sat.] 18:00~22:00
holiday Sundays, National holidays, Year-end and New Year seasons and during the Bon vacation (Contact by phone for other 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".