“Oh my god, they have soft shell crab burgers!” was pretty much the driving point that motivated us to get our butts to Kuromon Ichiba on our second morning in Osaka. “Like, they literally stuff an entire deep fried soft shell crab between a bun and you eat it”. How could any true foodie resist such temptation?! We should have known the actual burger would look nothing like what was depicted on the big, blue advertising poster, but the important thing was that it tasted pretty good for a ¥600 burger. All that creamy mayo with all that crunchy crustacean goodness… totemo oishii desu yo!
Hungry for adventure? Or just hungry in general? Kuromon Ichiba (“Black Gate Market”) is the one place in Osaka where you can get your fix of the freshest foods of the season. With over 190 stalls, Kuromon is to Osaka what the famous Nishiki is to Kyoto. Sure, the main customers of this market are generally restaurant owners buying their ingredients in bulk, but many locals and tourists frequent the place just to sample the offerings. Grilled sea bream, quality kobe beef, giant scallops, specially-prepared fugu fish, fatty tuna belly, garden-fresh vegetables… if you ask me, Kuromon Ichiba makes a great place to have a good, cheap lunch. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a fishmonger expertly slicing open fresh blue fin tuna.