The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Osaka BBQ

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles starting with this little “hole in the wall” restaurant we found by accident in Dotonbori. I don’t even know the name, it’s located in one of the many small alleys of the main drag.

 BBQ Avocado with Soi and salt

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

I was under the impression that I didn’t like cooked avocado until I tried this wonderful dish. It was so good  ordered a second helping. 🙂

These two boys could really cook

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

 Hamburger and Tomato sauce was also delicious, I washed everything down with plenty of hot sake. The place was empty when we arrived and full 90 minutes later when we left.

Asahi ice cold super dry

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

One of the world’s great beers.

David Herd & Hamish Elton

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

On the 3 nights I was in Osaka I started the evening beside the Dotonbori canal with a couple of ice cold Asahi super dry. Only 500 Yen or 300 Thai Baht, or $4 usd, not bad for a country people think is expensive. 🙂

Sushizanmai

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Say no more, wink wink nudge nudge, to borrow a Monty Python line just to get your attention. 🙂 The branch at Tsujiki fish market in Tokyo is my favourite restaurant in Japan. It is an experience to enjoy and remember. I must say the Dotonbori branch is also fantastic. Wonderful fresh sushi and a very reasonable price. They have a huge sign on the main drag which leads you down a hallway to this rather large establishment. A complimentary dish of escargot was a nice surprise. I am always amazed at the reasonable price to dine in style at Sushizanmai. 🙂

 Ranked #119 of 16,497 Restaurants in Osaka by TripAdvisor.

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

If you are in Osaka put this restaurant on your list.


So many choices and such little time.

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Everywhere you turn in Dotonbori there is somewhere to eat. It is a wonderful restaurant precinct.

This happy guy offered me a sample.

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

He was so pleased I took his photo he offered me a sample of his food.

Another “hole in the wall”

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

I really believe the small restaurants in the narrow alleys are by far the best value.

Beef and chicken BBQ skewers

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Washed down with hot Sake, delicious.

Join the locals for a beer

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

There are not so many places in Dotonbori that cater for drinkers, 95% specialise in food.

Use this link for a good budget hotel in a great location.

Dotonbori

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

  Dotonbori is the entertainment centre of Osaka, it has the lights & the action you just need the camera. The number of restaurants large & small is mind boggling.

Glorious Cafe Shinsaibashi

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

A very nice cafe restaurant in the Diesel shop at Shinsaibashi, please don’t be fooled by the sign out the front offering happy hour beers for 300 Yen. I ordered 2 or 3 and specifically asked the waiter for what was on the sign. However when the bill arrived they were 50% more, when i queried it he said you must order food to get the happy hour price, foiled again. 🙂

Glorious Cafe Shinsaibashi

Osaka Fabulous Food Shrines Castles

Oh well, the beers tasted good even at full price. 🙂

Bye for now. 

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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