Japan Day 3 – Osaka 大阪: Owl Family Cafe 猫头鹰咖啡 and Matsusaka Beef 松阪牛

Breakfast with good view, here I come!

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This is how the buffet queue looks like! As we woke up later today, there wasn’t much of a crowd. I can go back for seconds!

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Today I have fluffy pancakes, grilled mackerel, potato salad, curry rice and more melon!

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Egg benedict fail. Only realise the bread was chocolate chip after toasting it… and onsen egg is not runny egg.

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We’re travelling to Osaka via the Shinkansen! A whooping ¥9,710 per person, which is around SGD $120. T.T

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And fast forward… We’re at Osaka!

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Then… we got a little lost when looking for the subway.

Finally got to the right place.

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Bought tickets to the station near our Airbnb apartment.

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I like their subway trains. I’m serious. So old school and pretty. Faster and better than MRT.

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Had to walk a bit to the apartment. This area sells a lot of gadgets and many many sexy stuffs, like sexy anime and porn posters around.

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Found it!

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Can see the Shinsei-Kai Tower from here.

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Left our luggages in the apartment, couldn’t go in yet because the lady is still cleaning and we are way earlier than the check-in time. So we’re heading out!

Followed a group of old aunties and uncles. Haha!

No la… We were on the way to another train station and they were there.

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See beautiful houses.

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There’s a kitty up there.

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Totally in love with this house.

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Omg. This station doesn’t have english. O.o!

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We asked the train conductor but… fail… tell us wrong stop.

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So… we can always just hop on the train first.

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Because you can always find a machine like that near the exit. Just have to slot in your train ticket, the machine will calculate how much more you have to pay for the shortage.

Pay.

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Then it provides you with a new ticket to exit the station.

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This line, this station. It’s near the owl cafe.

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There’s a supermart right beside the exit.

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It looks like the Japanese don’t have to lock their bikes but if you see properly, you can find very small ones just locking the wheel. I can’t find it now.

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If you see this. We’re at the opposite of that. Hahahaha! Actually, don’t have to cross any roads. Walk towards the bikes and turn right.

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Walking through.

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There are many things to see. Like this handpainted signboard.

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These ramune soft drinks with their colourful packaging.

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Woah. This takoyaki stall looks good.

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This curry place looks good too but it was closed.

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Tadaa~! We found it! It’s the Owl Family Cafe. We placed our reservations for the earliest time slot before going somewhere nearby for lunch. They do not take online or call-in reservations, you have to be there personally to reserve.

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Okay, turn back to find food.

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Went back to the Takoyaki store that was just nearby. Got to try it, right?

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Which is about SGD $3.60 for 6 balls.

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Not crispy. It was just runny and chewy at the same time. Very difficult to explain. Lol. Just not the usual kind of thing that we have in Singapore.

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Walked all the way back to the front on the street… decided to have this even though there were so many other shops around. It’s like Tamoya Udon.

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Collect my food.

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There are high tables, so I think this is a fastfood concept? Eat and go.

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Condiments available.

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This is what I’m having. Plus a vegetable kakiage.

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Boyfriend’s.

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The udon was just alright, wouldn’t say it was amazing. The fried items are cold and has already become a little tough for chewy. Wasn’t a very good experience.

Went for a coffee because food wasn’t great and we still had time to spare.

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No english. We had to put google translate to good use again.

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Syrup packaging can be pretty too.

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Had my matcha soy latte. It was mmmm…. very good!

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How could I miss out the cakes, right? I love Mont Blanc. The sweetness of the chestnut cream was just nice. Cake was fluffy and moist. Plus, it melts in your mouth.

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The mille crepe was very good too. I wanna try making this one day.

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Back at the Owl Cafe. Reading through the instructions carefully.

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Everybody gets a cup of drink.

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Please sanitize your hands before touching the owls. All pet owners should know that very well.

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This is how the cafe looks like, the other side is where the owls are.

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The owl that was used for demonstrations. We were told to only pet the back of the owls with only the back of our hands or finger depending on the size of the owl.

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Something like that. Lol.

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Okay. Picture spam time.

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I did hold that owl too. Hehe.

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Little ones. That one is stretching its wing.

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This has got very big eyes. You’ll get lost while starring at it.

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This is my favourite. Pretty owl. If she was my pet, I’ll name her Chocolate or Cocoa.

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I don’t trust you. Lol.

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The lovers. They really really love each other de. Keep snuggle and sayang each other

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There are babies too.

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This is the big one.

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Big right?

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Huge claws.

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Happy face?

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Absolutely cute.

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I had one on my head. All I was thinking in my heart, “Please don’t poop. Please please please don’t poop.”

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We walked pass this shop a few times. They have cut fruits and it looks good. The prices were affordable too.

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Going back to Namba aka Dotonburi.

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I love the train. The brown interior and those green seats. Nice!

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Namba~!

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The place where we will be having our dinner later. Matsusaka Beef!

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We were still quite full, so we walked around a bit more. Anyway, it’s not our reserved time yet.

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Japanese family taking photos.

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Walked around the arcades, boyfriend’s favourite spots.

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Guess what?

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Got the bunny at my first try! Lucky!

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Didn’t know Singaporeans wear such traditional costumes.

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The famous crab place. Nope, it’s not in my itinerary.

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That baby thing right there is just eerie.

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Pufferfishhhhh..

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Okay. Back to the main highlight. Dinner, here I come!

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Must change shoes first.

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We ordered the Premium Course each, except boyfriend because he doesn’t eat beef. This is already almost SGD $100 per pax.

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Beef lard to oil the grill.

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Cheers to yummy food! I had a Umeshu Soda. It was good.

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First, the salad. I crave for veggies and fruits in Japan because we hardly get proper fibrous food here. I’m getting constipated.

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Small appetizers. Shared this with the boyfriend since he couldn’t order any sets.

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Beef sushi. It was goooood… beef was super tender and slightly cooked with some burnt edges until fragrant.

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The waitress brushes the hotplate with lard. By the way, the waitresses here can speak fluent Chinese and English.

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Sliced beef with scallions. Wah. Drool liao.

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Mmmmmm…. smells delicious.

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Smooth, tender, juicy goodness.

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We were each given a little small bowl of beefy bits, cooked until it has absorbed lots of flavour. Sweet, like yakiniku beef. With just a little bit, I could eat with a bit mouthful of rice. It was so so soooo good. Made me finish all the rice. O.o

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I’ll give boyfriend’s meal a little showtime.

This is porkie.

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And this is chickie. That’s all. Whether it’s good or not, I have no idea.

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4 different parts of beef. This is for 3 people. We only have 2 pieces of each part. Sirloin is the best out of all which also happens to be the most expensive out of all. We’ve got expensive taste.

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Just the thought of it makes me drool.

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This is No. 2!

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This has a little tendons, a teeny bit chewy.

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This part was too fat. Oil oozes out when we bite into it… Good, but really too oily.

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Even the dessert is yum.

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Total bill. Expensive but really worthed it.

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Started walking back to our stay after dinner. Must burn some calories ah.

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Arcade again.

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Cute bunny but so difficult to catch.

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Night view from apartment.

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First time see this! It’s a lock which you can store something inside. In this case, the owner kept the key. Of course, we have to open with a code.

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Let’s take a look in the apartment!

Dining area.

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Living room.

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Kitchen.

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The other couple sleeps in this room.

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While boyfriend and I stayed in this. We left our luggages open on the other bed. Haha.

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Toilet in one cubicle.

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One for washing up.

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And bathing.

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