If you want to eat “kani (crab),” Osaka is where to go!


Speaking of crabs, there are fishing grounds in Hokkaido and the Sea of Japan. But the Osakans' love for crab dishes may be No. 1 in Japan! You will find that Osaka is crowded with numerous crab dish restaurants, and that the people just love eating crab. From the city of crab lovers, we would like to introduce you to crab dish restaurants depending on how and where you want to eat them.

Why did crab dishes become popular in Osaka?

It is said that the Osakans' love for crab started when “Kani Doraku,” a crab specialty restaurant, which is famous in Japan as the restaurant that has the huge crab billboard, invented the “Kanisuki” dish.

Osaka is not too far from the fishing ground of snow crabs, which are Tottori, Hyogo, and Kyoto. It is also close to the fishing ground of queen crabs, which is Fukui. This geographical advantage easily made crabs available for Osaka. Then, there was the opening of a seafood specialty restaurant that was the predecessor of “Kani Doraku.” Initially, the founders of the restaurant were struggling without enough customers, and came to the idea of “Kanisuki,” which is crab and vegetables boiled in soup stock. They even developed technology to freeze snow crabs so that Kanisuki can be eaten all year.

An epoch-making way of eating crabs at the time, “Kanisuki” immediately became a popular dish in Osaka, the city of “Kuidaore (ruin oneself by extravagance in food),” and thus became the place where crab dish culture is most well-established in Japan.

“Kani Doraku Dotonbori Honten” is synonymous with “Crab of Osaka”

If you want to have fun with friends and family while eating crab, Kani Doraku is best

Boasting a great selection of course dishes, the well-established restaurant that made the crab culture take root in Osaka, serves courses such as the Kani Suki course where you can eat springy crab meat soaked in their secret “shiro shoyu (white soy sauce) soup stock,” and Kani Kaiseki, which is a course meal with crab in all dishes, from appetizers to the main dish.

Kanisuki course

Kani Kaiseki

They have restaurants in various areas of Osaka, such as Umeda and Shinsaibashi, so why not go to the nearest one from your sightseeing spot?

“Kani Doraku Dotonbori Honten”
●1-6-18, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●11:00-23:00(LO 22:00)
●Open year-round

After you are done having fun sightseeing, eat and stay overnight! “Hyatt Regency Osaka Crab-O-Licious”

If you are a traveler who wants to do everything such as enjoy sightseeing, do activities, and have a hearty meal until time is up, and then go to your bed right away and relax, we recommend you eat at a hotel dinner buffet, with easy access to USJ, Kaiyukan, etc.

The large pile of snow crab, which is delicious even by itself, comes with a variety of sauces so you can eat without growing tired of the taste.

Their chef from India cooks great “Singapore chili crab,” and they also have an array of salad and soup with crab meat in them. You will be able to enjoy eating different kinds of crab dishes. Why not book your stay along with dinner?

“Hyatt Regency Osaka Crab-O-Licious”
*Limited time offer until Saturday, March 31, 2018.
● “The Café” Hyatt Regency Osaka 1F, 1-13-11, Nanko-Kita, Suminoe-Ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
http://www.hyattregencyosaka.com/restaurant/crab/(Crab-O-Licious restaurant reservation site)
●17:30-21:00 (open until 21:30 for Fridays, Saturdays, and the day before a national holiday)
●Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
●Adults 5,100 yen, Children 2,550 yen/ all-you-can-drink soft drinks an added 800 yen; all- you-can-drink alcohol an added 2,200 yen

A great find! Cheap but tasty local food “Kushisei” soft shell crab burger

If you want to eat reasonable and interesting crab cuisine, you should go to Kuromon Ichiba, also called Osaka's kitchen. Have you ever seen crab that had just shed its shell? You can eat the whole thing because it is still very soft. The “soft shell crab burger” is deep-fried soft crab in a bun, and it has a strong visual impact! They use pink colored sauce, which is a mix of tartar sauce and Shibazuke, which is salt pickled eggplant, cucumber, and red perilla. The sauce goes great with the crab. They also have just the deep-fried crab without using batter, and it is highly recommended.

●2-2-17, Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●Irregular holidays

Get intoxicated by high quality crab cuisine and nightscape “Hokuriku-Echizen Hareya Bettei”

If you want to enjoy a calm and relaxed crab dinner, you definitely should try this restaurant in Kitashinchi.

*The photo is an image of the course dinner
They serve dishes that use fresh ingredients from the Hokuriku region, where there are many fishing grounds abundant with high-quality crabs. They have banquet dishes of various crab, such as a snow crab course of 35,000 yen, and a live brand-name wary crab course of 25,000 yen.

Most of the seats are in either private or semi-private rooms, and you can get a beautiful Osaka night view in some special seats. Enjoy a high-quality Japanese meal along with Hokuriku area's local sake to your heart's content.

“Hokuriku-Echizen Hareya Bettei”
●5F, Matsuki Kosan Bldg., 1-5-21, Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●18:00-24:00(LO: 23:00)
●Closed on Sundays, national holidays, and year-end to New Year's holiday

*The above information was last updated December 5, 2017. For further information, please contact the restaurants directly.

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