酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai

I went to 酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai. It’s located in a narrow street to the right of JUMBO pachinko. (You’ll see tourists lining up to go to the smaller Daruma). I thought the kushi katsu at Sake no Ana was much better than more famous places like Tengu and Daruma. UnlikeContinue reading “酒の穴 Sake no Ana (booze hole) in Shinsekai”

難波マルフクMarufuku (Namba)

by Matt Kaufman Located across the street from Bic Camera. Cross the Sennichimae and walk into the shotengai. Turn right at the takoyaki restaurant with the red awning . Marufuku is the third restaurant down. The master is a very friendly guy from the Philippines who has lived in Osaka for 30 years. Marufuku specializesContinue reading “難波マルフクMarufuku (Namba)”

Ichifuku (Takoyaki/Ikayaki) 一富久 Destination Hanazono Part 2

by Matt Kaufman Address:大阪府 大阪市西成区 花園南 1-9-31  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Hanazono 1-9-13 Tel: 06-6657-0225   Open: Wednesday to Sunday. 11;00-19:30. Open on National Holidays. Closed Mon, Tues Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 10 minutes Type: Takoyaki, Ikayaki Founded: 1958 Beer: Asahi Super Dry Can ¥300 yen with set.  Continue reading “Ichifuku (Takoyaki/Ikayaki) 一富久 Destination Hanazono Part 2”

DESTINATION HANAZONO (Part I)

by Matt Kaufman Tamayu Ramen Tengaiten (タマユラメン天外天) AKA 博多ラーメン天外天 Address: 大阪府大阪市西成区松1-2-13  Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku Matsu 1-2-13 Open: Everyday from 11;30-14:00,  18:00-05:00) Nearest Station; Hanazono Station Exit 3-B (5 minutes) Nankai Tengachaya West Exit 6 minutes Type: Chinese Restaurant Founded: ? Beer: Asahi Super Dry Medium Bottle: 500 yen       I decided to set off in searchContinue reading “DESTINATION HANAZONO (Part I)”

Tanakaman Saketen 田中萬酒店

by Matt Kaufman Visited Tanakaman Saketen (田中萬酒店) in Nishinakajima Minamigata last month. The mama has been running it for 55 years. She said I was the first foreigner to set foot in the place, but her son corrected her: There was a drunken NOVA teacher who stumbled in back in the 90s. Get off atContinue reading “Tanakaman Saketen 田中萬酒店”

Kimuraya きむらや@ Kyobashi

by Matt Kaufman 大阪府 大阪市都島区 東野田町 2-8-28 Osaka-shi Miyakojima-Ku Higashi Noda Machi 2-8-28.  Open 17:00-24:00. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Price range ¥1,000-¥1,999Draft beer price: ¥350.  Bottled Beer price: N/A.Gyu Misuji Steak. ¥400 Rasberry Chuhai ¥300.  

Susumu すすむ Standing Yakiniku @ Temmabashi

by Matt Kaufman Had the best yakiniku meal at SUSUMU in Temmabashi. The first place I’ve been to that serves LAMBCHOP (¥500) in Japan. Everything was delicious. I also enjoyed YEBISU CREAMY TOP on tap. Good beer. While I was there two young ladies from Singapore came in and asked if I could read Japanese.Continue reading “Susumu すすむ Standing Yakiniku @ Temmabashi”

Matt Kaufman’s Osaka Scum Report (1995) From Thora-Zine

This is my first Osaka Scum Report back 1995 in from Thora-Zine, a great mag from Austin, Texas published by Brent Bruni Comiskey. I regret writing that mean stuff about Jerry Garcia in the intro, but hey, I was in my 20s and thought that making fun of hippies was cool (forgive me). In theContinue reading “Matt Kaufman’s Osaka Scum Report (1995) From Thora-Zine”

The Name of This Place is Asia Coffee (Updated with new photos)

The Name of This Place is Asia Coffee (From Exile Osaka #3) By Matthew M. Kaufman I was in Kanadian one day talking about interesting places to hang out, and Miki-San, the owner, said, “You have got to go to Asia Coffee (Ajia Co-hee). That’s where all the freaks hang out.” I think that theContinue reading “The Name of This Place is Asia Coffee (Updated with new photos)”