トレボン (Tres Bon)
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Teppanyaki with the Locals in Osaka
There aren't enough unbelievable things I can say about Tres Bon. Taking its name from the French for "very good," it's also honest. Operated day-to-day by an 84 year old Japanese man named Jefe (Spanish for boss) who's always drinking and can speak a little bit of what seems like every language known to man, and head chef slash genius みつるさん (Mitsuru-san), this 12-seat Osaka teppanyaki restaurant just might change your life. The atmosphere is festive, the food is expertly and precisely prepared and seasoned right before your eyes, and I speak with complete sincerity when I say this place really might change your life. I've yet to have anything that wasn't delicious, and Mitsuru-san's attention to detail never fails to impress even the most discerning of folks (both Japanese and foreigner) whom I've brought to sample his food. Closed on Wednesdays. No reservations and it gets very busy. Best time to go is around 6 PM or you may not be able to get in. RECOMMENDED: literally everything. SPECIFICALLY RECOMMENDED: their famous shinzo appetizer しんぞ (chicken hearts); Moroccan beans (lightly breaded and sauteed); とんぺいやき (tonpei yaki, they do an interesting take on this Osakan bacon omelette); any of their okonomiyaki and yakisoba. MUST: have an alcoholic beverage with your meal here or you're kind of not doing it right, you know?
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