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“best okonomiyaki out there!”

Kiji Umeda Sky Bldg.
Ranked #26 of 38,489 Restaurants in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed July 16, 2016

This has to be THE place Osaka style okonomiyaki. It is located in the basement of the Umeda Sky Building. Nearer to the fountain at the back. The restaurant itself is rather small but it is very cozy & has a lot of character. A unique feature are the customer's writings, notes, business cards & photos on all the walls. We went there around 3pm so no line however it does get crowded during peak hours. Service was super friendly & I think that is what draws the crowd in time & time again.

With the waiter's recommendation we ordered the surf & turf okonomiyaki & the yakisoba (noodle based). Plus some draft Asahi to wash it all down. Took while but we enjoyed the cold beers & absorbing the atmosphere. The owner is a charmer. He writes notes for all the female customers. Real smooth. When the meal came it looked so appetizing. This wasn't the typical that is drowned in mayonnaise. Here its all about the main ingredients and just enough sauce. Crisp outer layer but moist inside. Really yummy. Both the dishes were similar to an extent but different at the same time. When we were done we ended up ordering another okonomiyaki (pork this time) and 2 more beers. It was nice just chilling there observing how the owner & staff mingle with everyone. They were really good with customers. Irregardless where they came from. I tried snapping a pic and they ended up posing for me.

It was a good time. If not for the okonomiyaki at least for the experience. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

The okonomiyaki were quite good, the bacon was crispy, but that's all. The staffs were more interested for me. They were try to communicate with us in our languages and take pictures with us (in funny pose).

Date of visit: January 2016
1  Thank xiuli_81
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

We que for 30mins, but trust me, it is worth the wait. The ppl in the restaurant have fun doing what they do everydy hence the okonomiyaki taste best!! We had alot of fun there with the friendly chef.
Although, the word KIJI is written in japanese, but easy to spot, it's the one with a real long que!

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

Although the chef and waiters didn't speak a lot of English, just enough to pick out some major ingredients; we were lucky enough to have our Japanese phrasebook to kindly say "whatever you recommend".
And sure enough they delivered, the writings on the walls don't lie; best okonomiyaki in Osaka!

Date of visit: February 2016
1  Thank eatventures
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Before this dinner, I had never liked this dish. It tastes nothing like the soggy cold salty mess that ends up in cooked foods section in supermarkets.

Be prepared to wait and be drenched in the smells of the cooking.

But when the food arrives, enjoy the subtle tastes with the strong and the perfect textures.

Date of visit: July 2016
2  Thank 88_elwood_88
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