Osaka food Kushi Katsu at Daruma Shinseikai

Atashida and Alyse were so kind to show me tasty Daruma Kushi Katsu in Shinseikai. It had been raining all day and my hairset failed instantly. I was looking a slug but they were both so kind to look past that and feed me. :roll:

Kushi katsu (串カツ) also known as Kushiage (串揚げ) are skewers of deep fried meat, veggies and other items. They’re native to Osaka and the working class Shinseikai neighborhood is famed for their popular kushiage restaurants. Daruma (site) is the most famous Kushi katsu restaurant probably because of their amusing icon or their billion locations.

This is definitely a screw the diet meal, but hey you’re traveling. #treatyoself


A glimpse of the outside of their Shinseikai location. The hilarious mascot of Daruma. Master chef cheesin’


Daruma Shinseikai chef preparing our kushiage right in front of us.


In such a cramped Shinseikai location Daruma’s pre-skewers were all in front of us.


Weiner, Asaparagus Bacon, Cheese, Mochi and Shrimp were some of the mix of bits I got.

That dark tin is the tonkatsu sauce where you’re encouraged to only dip once.


Rainy Shinseikai is so wonderfully Osaka.


Alyse looking forever fabulous with Osaka tower in the background.

Shinsaibashi Osaka Daruma Kushi Katsu

In April I took my man to experience his first Kushi Katsu experience. He was extremely hesitant. Deep fried meat? Why? But I pushed and now he says it was his favorite meal of the trip. We ate at some pretty ritzy and well reviewed places but the cheap Daruma kushi katsu won out.


The Shinsaibashi location is super ritzy and huge compared to the 10 seat cramped location of Shinseikai. What it loses in authenticity, it makes up for in flashy gadgets. You order via a touchscreen (English menu available) and a train delivers your orders.


You put the skewers from the tray on your paper. From the oil the mascot slowly appears. :)


Here’s our set-up at Shinsaibashi Daruma. Beers, cabbage (free) as a palate cleanser, edamame, and interesting skewers.  Pictured are shrimp, mochi, weiner, and vegetable ones.

A typical Daruma meal will set you back only 1,000 yen (9.50$) without drinks. It’s cheap and a super fun food to enjoy in Osaka. Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki (Hiroshima wins on this) get all the love in Osaka, but Kushi Katsu is my pick for favorite Osaka food.

Hi guys! Long time no blog! I was in Japan for a month and I thought I’d have time to blog there, but boy was I was I wrong. I was so busy! I got to see and do a lot of new things which I’ll blog about, but it was a whirlwind. Then I got back and Christmas and NYE was busy then I went to Disneyworld. I didn’t really want to get back to blogging without something fresh, but any post is better than no post! But soon lots more, promise  :wink: Post Goal is currently vintage brand series post (just needs photos), japanese and korean skincare and makeup short reviews (snapchat spam has been on that), travel posts to get ready for sakura season and spring trend preview post.


  1. Miu
    January 18, 2016 / 7:35 am

    I’m heading to Osaka in March so this is perfect timing for me! :D

    I love all your travel posts – they’re such a great reference each time I’m looking for something new to try when I go back. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us!

    • Mitsu
      January 18, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      Oh yay!! I plan to focus on sakura too much from here on out. I’ve been editing pictures but whether that means a post… lol who knows. WHy must I be so lazy?

  2. January 18, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Those all look so good!!! <

    • January 18, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Fuuuu, now I know that I can’t use angle brackets on here as most of my comment got eaten upXD
      … It’s kinda weird, but I’ve spent a fair amount if time in Japan, but I feel as if I haven’t really tried that much of Japanese food…-.- Need to fix that!!!!XD

      • Mitsu
        January 18, 2016 / 6:26 pm

        I struggle a lot because all my friends in Japan are bored of Japanese food. I need a Tokyo Japanese food buddy XD I do travel eat a lot, it’s my hobby search up local foods. Eat all the foods XD

  3. B
    January 18, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    So glad you’re back! I was worried I’d found your blog too late XD
    And with a travel posts! This makes me want to go to osaka when i visit in march

    • Mitsu
      January 19, 2016 / 7:37 am

      I’m much less active than I used to be but so is the state of fashion XD I will have lots more travel posts soon though :) Thanks for being a new reader :D

      • B
        January 19, 2016 / 9:16 pm

        I can’t wait! Your travel posts have been so helpful in preparing

  4. January 23, 2016 / 11:41 am

    This post reminds me… I found an even better kushi-katsu place near Dotonbori xD Next time you’re down, we gotta go! This new is place is absolutely the most Osakan place you’ll ever visit lol

    • Mitsu
      January 25, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Omg that sounds fabulous!! I’m excited :)

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