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Quick Review: Super Hotel and Ajinoya in Osaka, Japan

Quick Review: Super Hotel and Ajinoya in Osaka, Japan

I only stayed in Osaka for a day and felt it was enough for the type of holiday I was going for. Don’t get me wrong, Osaka is a brilliant place for foodies, but since all of Japan had delicious food and I was looking for other experiences a day was more than enough.

Super Hotel

The day was started by checking into the Super Hotel in Shin Osaka which, if I were to describe it, is the cheapest business hotel with the mostest.

Super Hotel exterior

Do you want a goodie bag full of free lotions, potions and face masks?

A free breakfast with natto and a takoyaki ball machine?

An actual natural onsen?

All at around £75 a night for a double room?

Then you’ll be interested in Super Hotel.

The onsen might be small and had to be shared between the genders with set timetables, but it felt pretty luxurious when I went in early in the morning the next day and found the whole area all to myself.

I really appreciated the diverse breakfast options as well with a mixture of eastern and western food.

Takoyaki machine
Wide variety of food
Classic egg on rice

After checking in I headed off to visit the Gudetama Café and did a bit of browsing.

Ajinoya

Night time was spent walking around Dotonbori before we joined the ridiculously long queue for an okonomiyaki dinner at Ajinoya.

Queue to Ajinoya

This restaurant was a local favourite and the queue snaked along the street. It moved relatively quickly and I managed to get a seat at the counter after half an hour.

The queue snakes around the building

I ordered an Ajinoya mix Okonomiyaki for 1,300.00 JPY / 8.64 GBP and my boyfriend ordered a Mixed Okonomiyaki for 1,200.00 JPY / 7.98 GBP. The Ajinoya mix had octopus, pork, shrimp, minced meat and shrimp whilst the Mixed Okonomiyaki had bacon and beef.

The best part of the experience was seeing the experienced chef move like machinery creating the orders in front of us.

He made Negiyaki (pancake with leeks)

Yakisoba…

Yakisoba

Pretty much everyone else’s okonomiyaki orders….

Seafood

Before he started making our one.

Our finished Okonomiyaki

I was really hungry by then and the smells were heavenly.

Ajinoya mix
Mixed Okonomiyaki

The taste was…good.

Cut up mixed Okonomiyaki
Huge shrimp piece

It was hot, crunchy from the cabbage and the meats and fresh seafood tasted well grilled.

But it did confirm that ultimately I’m not really an Okonomiyaki person, I generally find them heavy and tasting like molten balls of fire on my sensitive tongue. So despite this meal being the best Okonomiyaki I’ve ever had, I still prefer other dishes.

I definitely recommend Ajinoya and that’s saying a lot from someone who doesn’t particularly go for Okonomiyaki.

Details

Super Hotel in Shin-Osaka

Website: https://www.superhoteljapan.com/en/s-hotels/osakaspa/

Address: Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nanba, 1 Chome−7−16 現代こいさんビル2F / 〒542-0076 大阪府大阪市中央区難波1丁目7−16 現代こいさんビル2F

Ajinoya

Website: http://ajinoya-okonomiyaki.com/

Address: 1 Chome-13-26 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa Ward, Osaka, 533-0033, Japan / 〒533-0033 大阪府大阪市東淀川区東中島1丁目13−26

Opening times: Tue-Fri: 12:00 – 22:45,  Holidays: 11:30 – 22:45 (Closed Mondays)

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