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Located in Yodoyabashi, the business district of Osaka, Sawamura is a very popular Izakaya (Japanese style pub that provides food) for locals and nearby business people. You can easily find it by it’s impressively, illuminated lantern that has its name written on it. In this modestly sized restaurant, the majority of the customers are seated at the U-shaped Kitchen counter which takes up most of the seating. There are also table seats, but as the number is small you’d better make a reservation. Even from the early evening, it’s always busy with the local business people who want to have a drink or two before heading back home from work. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes which all go well with alcoholic drinks. The A la carte menu and the recommendations of the day are written on the blackboard. Choices of drinks are plentiful from bourbon to Japanese sake. If you’re not sure what to choose, just ask the advice from the owner-chef or the person sitting next to you if he seems like a regular. Whatever you order, you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank, as everything is reasonably priced. One popular dish among many is their old-fashioned Oden (hot pot). The ingredients that make up the oden are cooked slowly and are full of flavor, you then choose what you would like and that is served on a dish to you. It’s a popular choice to start the night. Their sushi is also surprisingly delicious. It may be intimidating to step into a restaurant that seems filled with regular customers, but there’s nothing to worry about! Once you’re in the restaurant, you will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere even if you visited by yourself. They also open lunchtime, serving mainly seafood bowls which are all fresh and delicious. As you might have guessed, lunch time is always crowded with local business people who want a reasonable and good quality lunch.


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