Mitsuya, an Affordable Showa Restaurant on Shinsaibashi-suji

legendary mitsuya rice

Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in Japan. Connecting Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, this shopping street has a reputation of being popular with young people and tourists. Many of the stores and restaurants on Shinsaibashi-suji are a mix of trendy new places and old classics, such as Mitsuya. For nearly 70 years now, Mitsuya is still not only is it convenient, but serves Showa-style Western food for very affordable price.

Mitsuya on Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street is closed due to renovation until July in 2020. 

Getting to Mitsuya

Mitsuya is on the south end of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, just a few meters away from Dotonbori. The closest station to Mitsuya is the Nankai Namba Station (Kintetsu and the Osaka Metro are inside Nankai Namba Station).

Take the south exit at Nankai Namba, walk down Ebisubashi Shopping Street and cross Dotonbori. Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street is right after that and Mitsuya is on your right (east side) near the entrance of Shinsaibashi Shopping Street.

Also, the swing above the entrance makes it easier for people to find.

 

Mitsuya

Entrance of Mitsuya shinsaibashi
The entrance itself is not so big
case of the various kinds of food offered at mitsuya
So many choices!

Since the restaurant opened during the height of the Showa Period, its interior has many Showa characteristics, very much like a Junkissa. However, because it originated as ice cream shop and café, its reputation is grounded in food and sweets, rather than coffee.

If you are looking for some coffee recommendations, be sure to check out our Retro Cafe Series

stained glass pane inside of mitsuya

case of desserts offered at Mitsuya

Specialties

They have good sized menu, and many of the dishes they serve are classic Showa-style favorites, such as omurice, spaghetti, and fried shrimp plates.

case full of plastic entrees offered at mitsuya on shisaibashi in Osaka

One of the specialties is the “Legendary Mitsuya Rice” or Densetsu no Mitsuya Rice

legendary mitsuya rice
It’s like your get three different meals at once @_@

This gigantic plate has a serving of Omurice, a fried pork cutlet, and spaghetti. They even found room for a salad too! Amazingly all this food is only 980 yen! For a meal of this size and quality in the heart of Osaka City, this is truly a fantastic deal.

Another great deal is the “Twin Set”. 

two white dishes one of a pasta dish and one of salad from Mitsuya
crab croquettes served on a bed of tomato pasta and the Japanese tossed salad

This deal lets you combine two dishes of your choosing for only 880. Drink included.

If you are still hungry, there is always desert.

Anmitsu from Mitsuya

Probably their most long standing treat is anmitsu! Anmitsu is a dessert made of cubes of almond jelly, fruit, anko, and two small pieces of mochi. It is topped with black honey, kuromitsu, which tastes just like molasses. As a matter of fact, Anmitsu was a popular dessert in Tokyo and it was this restaurant that introduced it to the Kansai region. Anmitsu is very  refreshing and is quite popular in the summertime.

 

Mitsuya

Address  2-3-21 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward,
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 〒542-0085
Website http://www.mitsuya.co.jp/
Hours of Operation Mon-Sun
9:30-22:00
Price Range 500-1,500 yen

Coming next time,
A Local Favorite! Hamadera Park

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