Okonomiyaki may seem like a strange choice for brunch, but why not try this Osakan speciality right here in the city that invented it? It’s a fun experience where you can grill your food at your table and eat it right off the grill, hot and piping. Mizuno, a family-run restaurant in Dotonbori, is one of the locals’ favorite okonomiyaki joints. They are famous for their yam flour okonomkyaki, as well as the house-special Mizuno-yaki. There’s usually a queue at lunch time, so going early for brunch is a good idea.
1-4-15 Dohtonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0071, +81-6-6212-6360
This pancake house, located in Umeda, has lovely decor and plush armchairs, mismatched wooden chairs, and wall dividers that allow for an intimate setting. They have light buttermilk pancakes, served with a variety of toppings, assorted fruits and dessert toppings like tiramisu or strawberry and crème brûlée . A house speciality is the French kiln-baked pancakes, which are warm, soft and aromatic hotcakes. They also have more filling brunch items, such as pancakes with bacon and eggs.
1-6-6 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0012, +81 6-6372-5012