Location: Yamato Building Building No. 8 1F, 1-4-11, Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0083
Nearest Train Station: Subway Sakaisuji Line Nagahoribashi Station Exit 7 1-minute walk; Subway Midosuji Line Shinsaibashi Station Exit 5 10-minute walk
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00pm – 3:00am (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone Number: +81-06-6241-6631
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Pitari 炭焼ごちそう美酒 ぴたり, Shinsaibashi, Osaka
“We’ll come back later.”
It sounded innocent one fine, fine evenin right in the heart of Amerikamura, as we passed by izakaya’s and stalls selling all sorts of G. Dragon memorabilia. As I hadn’t thought of a nice place to unwind, and for the lack of Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, we stumbled from one establishment to another, none of which passed our expectations.
One airy izakaya was too full for another group to squeeze in. The smell of takoyaki sizzling hovers over the air, mixing with jeers and chatter of salarymen who had come out of hiding from their cubicles. It doesn’t look like our scene.
With a little bit of development, Amerikamura had a hidden potential beyond its bling bling autos and Fast & the Furious rides. There’s too much expectations and then there’s little to digest. The izakayas need to thicken themselves with each other. A lot of alleys remain deserted.
Finally we stumbled in a decent Spanish/Italian bar, whom we told the McArthur phrase to. We don’t take the phrase seriously in Manila, but in Osaka, the phrase had a deeper meaning. Japanese people keep their word. We need to keep ours.
It turned out to be a fine, fine setting for stories. Groups of sophisticated locals clink wine glasses, take a modest dinner and discuss what the day was worth. The following day was Japan’s Thanksgiving day, so the occasion calls for another round of celebration.
We so celebrated. Here’s one shot of smooth Hibiki. (We were looking for Yamazaki, but this was the best we can come up with.)
My friend chose this Italian wine, a lovely Soave Classico DOC Retrò Bolla 2014, to share. It’s nice for this unknown lounge to have this kind of bottle. While it’s good for pasta, we shared bits of duck breast and cream cheese, all the horomunyaki forgotten in this cozy bar.
As we poured wine, we shared bits and pieces of stories that only remains in Amerikamura. What happens in Osaka stays in Osaka.
While nothing can compare yet to the Bar Albatross experience, Pitari filled in a huge void.
If you’re looking for a nice place to unwind in Osaka, I highly recommend Pitari if you want to feel like you’re in Japan. Try to stay away from TripAdvisor ratings. We did rummage the entire neighborhood for this lounge that had a high rating on TripAdvisor and we ended up sorely disappointed with its crowd.
|Taste and Originality:||( 4 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(4 / 5)|