Does Osaka 1000yen food exist? Japan is known for its high spending and it feels like a trip to Japan for a whole year’s worth of savings is gone. Accommodation can choose to stay cheaper, clean is good ~ transportation is also okay, try to walk a little more, but also can be incidental exercise!
There are still many free and worthwhile attractions. But when it comes to food, this is the part you can’t compromise on! How can we be sloppy when it comes to the “sacrifices” that we bring to our “temple”?
Like most upmarket restaurants in Japan, Ramen Yashichi is one of those seemingly unassuming restaurants that can be missed if you’re not careful. However, once you enter this hospitable restaurant, the first thing you will see is a Japanese ramen vending machine placing orders for customers. The vending machine offers three different flavours of ramen: shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce) and tsukemen (ramen served separately from the cold soup). Diners can choose their favourite flavour from these and then sit down to enjoy the rich, rich and warm bowl of ramen.
Address: 3-4-8 Toyosaki, Kita-ku | Near Nakatsu Station, Osaka 531-0072, Osaka Prefecture
Open: Monday – Friday; 10:50am-4:00pm
I recommend this restaurant for those who like to try something fresh and daring! Even the people of Osaka think this restaurant is special. Have you ever had ramen with Taiwanese cloves and star anise? Or the spicy tomyam ramen? You can try both of these interesting ramen dishes here!
Address: 3-9-9 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Nishi, Osaka 550-0013, Osaka Prefecture
Open: Mon – Sat; 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm
Ramen Zundoya Shinsaibashi
When you come to Japan, you have to eat authentic ramen! And this restaurant allows diners to customise their own ramen to suit their favourite tastes and textures! You can choose from their signature Ramen Zundoya, which is made with pork bone soup, and then choose the softness of the noodles, the amount of oil you want, how spicy you want it to be, what you want to add, and so on, according to your taste buds.
Address: 1-5-7 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku | Sena Bldg. 1F, Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture
Opening hours: Open all year round
Average spending: ¥550
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Raise your hand if you are a sushi fan like me! There’s no denying that one of the reasons many people come to Japan is for the authentic and mouth-watering sushi! At Tokisushi, you can try premium seafood such as uni (sea urchin), toro (tuna) and abalone at low prices.
Address: 4 Nanbasennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0075, Japan
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday; 11:00am – 2:00pm & 5:00pm to 10:30pm (closed on Mondays)
Average spending: ¥200
Sushi Masa Nakamise
Feeling tired and hungry after a shopping spree and want a quick and hearty meal? Head to Sushi Masa Nakamise, famous for its minimalist style, white curtains and cosy décor that allows diners to completely relax and enjoy their meal. And it’s in a great location, right in Kita, one of Osaka’s shopping districts.
If you’re here, you’ll want to try the sushi with its smooth fish slices on top – the firm and delicious sushi set is only 540 yen and is big enough to fill a man’s stomach! If you want to get even more value for money, top up to 540 yen and you can fill up three people’s stomachs!
Address: 2 Chome-5-40 Sonezaki, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0057, Japan
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday; 11:10am – 11:00pm (closed on Mondays)
Average spending: ¥540
I really advise you to never, ever underestimate the half-price sushi at Fujiya Seconds! It’s something that even the picky-mouthed will rave about ~ the atmosphere of this very grounded restaurant is not at all uptight, but rather a cool and trendy bar.
For less than 930 yen, customers can choose their favourite fresh flavours from their 8 best-selling hand rolls – a wide range of flavours including spicy tuna, pan-fried salmon and avocado with salmon – I’m getting hungry now!
Address: 5-12-14, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening hours: Friday – Wednesday 6:00pm – 12:00am (closed on Thursdays)
Average spending: ¥850
3. Fried pork chops
Come to Tonkatsu Taroufuku and you’ll be satisfied for a mere 900 yen! This restaurant is famous overseas, and the point is that the deals are really worth it! We highly recommend Tonkatsu’s pork cutlet, which is deep-fried and covered in crispy breadcrumbs to create a juicy pork cutlet. There is also an unlimited supply of side dishes, including cabbage, miso soup and sticky rice.
Address: 2 Chome-21-8 Tengachaya, Nishinari-ku, Osaka
Opening hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Average spending: ¥900
The word “pais” is French and means “thick”, so many people would think that Epais is a French restaurant if they didn’t know. But this restaurant does have something to do with “thick” – the pork cutlet is tender and thick – and for just 1,000 yen, you can enjoy the world’s most appreciated pork cutlet in a comfortable setting!
And with fried food comes its best friend, beer! Finish off with a Sapporo Yebisu or Kirin Ichiban Shibori Japanese beer to refresh your taste buds and a kidstheir frozen popsicle to finish off the meal. (Note: too much alcohol is bad for your health)
A quick reminder: the restaurant is crowded at meal times, so if you don’t want to wait too long, call +81 6-6347-6599 to make a reservation.
Address: 1-9-3 Sonezaki Shinchi | New Hana Bldg. 3F, Kita, Osaka 530-0002, Osaka Prefecture
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday; 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (closed on Sundays)
Average spending: ¥1000
Tontei is definitely not the most affordable of the bunch, but it’s definitely one of the top food choices you can’t miss! Seafood lovers in particular should not miss out on the fresh ingredients such as prawns, cuttlefish and Japanese cola cakes, which are simply prepared in an unforgettable way.
For those on a budget, for 1,000 yen top up and 450 yen more, you can enjoy their premium katsu meal, which includes miso soup and rice, cabbage and the star of the meal: crispy fried pork cutlet and specially seasoned fish cutlet. It’s really good!
Address: Daido, Tennojiku, Osaka 543-0052, Osaka Prefecture
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday; 11:30am – 8:30pm (closed on Mondays)
Average spending: ¥1450
We’ve introduced so many inexpensive places to eat so that you can spend your budget and have a good time! For those of you heading to Osaka