Pork cutlets and vegetable slewers

Kushikatsu Darma

Darma is where kushikatsu originated.

Kushikatsu is a dish made of skewered deep fried pork cutlet and vegetables. This simple cuisine was created at Darma restaurant and became regular cuisine in Osaka. The restaurant was established in 1929 and started as a small canteen. At one time Darma almost closed, but managed to stay open because of many famous people and supporters. There are currently 13 restaurants in Osaka, and it’s even popular outside of Osaka. If you are visiting Osaka, please try the traditional taste of kushikatsu… it’ll fill you up for about 3000 yen. Their service is friendly and it’s definitely worth visiting.

Inside the Darma

Kushikatsu, pork and vegetables skewers.

You can eat as much as you want! The magical deep fried cuisine that isn’t a heavy meal.

You might be surprised at the amount of menu items they have. It might be hard to decide what to eat, but you can easily decide by what looks good on the menu. All of them are tasty, so don’t worry. If you can’t decide what to eat, please do not hesitate to ask the staff for a recommendation. After ordering, you’ll first get a plate of cabbage, a great side dish for kushikatsu because it’s rich in fiber and it absorbs fat. This cabbage is ‘all you can eat’! Eat kushikatsu by dipping it in the sauce… the crispy coating and the sour sauce goes so well together. An order of kushikatsu is about 100 yen, so eat as much as you want!

No-double dipping labeled beer!

The angry man

The only rule is “Don’t double-dip.”

One thing you should know before dining is the ‘no double-dipping’rule. Last year, a Japanese politician broke this rule, and was reprimanded by the owner. It even became big news. There are no other rules, so you can enjoy kushikatsu anyway you want. To get around the double dipping rule, use the cabbage like a spoon and scoop sauce onto your plate. English, Chinese and Korean menus are available!


2 Chome-3-9 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka

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Kenichiro Asai

Kenichiro Asai


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Address 2 Chome-3-9 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka
Hours 11:00~21:00
Access 6min walk from Subway Ebisuhigashi station Exit 3. 8min walk from Ebisuhigashi. 6min walk from Subway, Midosuji line Dobutsukoen-mae station Exit 5/   8min walk from JR Osaka kanjyo line Shinimamiya station. 8min walk from Hankai line, Minamikasumicho station. 13min walk from Nankai Koya line, Shinimamiya station.
Phone 06-6645-7056
Website http://www.kushikatu-daruma.com/