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Fancy Kushikatsu that Transcends the Entire Genre
Kushikatsu (串カツ) or kushiage (串揚げ) is a Japanese cuisine of seasoned, skewered and fried meat, seafood and vegetables. The Shinsekai area of Osaka, near the Tsūtenkaku (TV Tower), is best known for its kushikatsu restaurants, including the famous Daruma. Those places are cheap, as this fast food historically catered to Osaka's predominantly working class community. They're also not very good. By contrast, Rokukakutei, on the second floor of a nondescript building within the covered walkways of the Kuromon food Market (黒門市場) in Osaka's Nipponbashi neighborhood, is mind-blowingly good. It even has the Michelin star to prove it. At your seat is the tray on which all of your skewers will be served. Atop the tray is a thick, multigrain, homemade cracker which serves as a bed for the skewers, as well as 4 sauces and 2 different kinds of salt for dipping. When the skewers, an entire meal at Rokukakutei during which there are 20, are carefully and deliberately placed atop the cracker mat on your tray, one end points to the recommended dipping sauce/salt. Highlights include the duck, tiger prawn and tonburi skewers, but it's all great! You also get an endless bowl of fresh vegetables, including cabbage, burdock and watermelon radish. Save room for the empowering homemade bread. If you get full, just tell 'em to stop. Per tradition, kushikatsu meals end when the customer's full. Rokukakutei is no exception to that rule, just every other rule about kushikatsu. Reservation Needed!
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