|Emon(?) Yakiton restaurant in back street of Namba, Osaka, Japan|
We discovered this one night in Namba, Osaka as we made a beeline for the busiest restaurant in the quaint back streets. Sitting at the restaurant's counter overlooking the narrow kitchen, we were told, "only pork".
There was a slightly-difficult-to-read drinks menu rolled up in a makisu sushi mat, but I always feel that beer or a haibooru whiskey and soda are the best drinking partners for a session of grilled food.
|Grilled pork shoulder|
It apparently wasn't belly but had similar rows of alternating meat and fat in an insanely rich few mouthfuls that definitely needed booze to wash down.
|Grilled shitake mushrooms|
Grilled for some serious colour, the mushrooms were basted in soy sauce and other secret ingredients as they cooked, resulting in amazing smoky, earthy and sweet flavours.
|Grilled pork stomach|
Not overly thinking it, the stomach was fine with more of a soft crunch as a feature as opposed to any particular flavour.
|Pork meatball with raw egg yolk|
|Pork meatball with cheese|
|Avocado on the grill|
And not to mention the extreme curiosity around cooked avocado.
|Grilled avocado with miso sauce|