As soon as you open the door you are hit with the loud welcome of “rasshai” called out in unison by each and every member of the staff. The whole place is on hyper-drive and the atmosphere is … buzzing.Seated at the counter you will notice it is the perfect height, low enough to be involved with what is happening in the kitchen, yet high enough so as to provide enough personal space between diners and the chefs.
The Owner/ Chef could best be described as a Japanese version of Mr. T. Not only because of the beads around his neck and the bandana on his head, but the way he controls his crew in the kitchen. This is a no nonsense place. Mr. T “aint got time for the jibber jabber.” You can see the hea
ds of the A-TEAM throbbing with orders as they cut, cook, fry and assemble – it’s a production line of perfection.
You wouldn’t dare complain about the food here (yes Mr. T is that scary) – but there really isn’t any reason to, as Gataro does what Osaka does best – it feeds people really really well.
Sake flows from 1.8 L bottles known as isshōbin. Cups are filled until they overflow into the saucers underneath and it isn’t until the sake reaches the saucers brim that a cup is considered full.
Prices are moderate; a sashimi moriawase (mix plate) of 5 fish costs 1600yen ($16) and as the fish specials change with the season the quality is literally off the hook.
The journey continues; a mixed Kushikatsu plate,
an Osaka specialty, served with salt as opposed to a regular dipping sauce that you would get elsewhere.
Astoundingly basic dishes like fava beans, which have been grilled in their pod, or the tomato salad that is just a tomato sliced up, salted, and then put back together again, reinforce the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. Simple but unfathomably amazing.
A tuna jaw, grilled and served with a lemon and
orange daikon garnish is not only ridiculously good looking but also ridiculously good eating.
Grilled Jagaimo (Japanese tuber Potato) with an uni (pronounced ooo-knee) or sea-urchin cream sauce is about as complex as it gets.
As each new dish arrives the old one is taken away, frosty beers turn into sake, which is swilled and then refilled as the pistons in the Gataro engine keep on pumping.
At around 10pm the tornado starts to die down. Last orders are called for food, people start to leave, and the staff call turns into “arigatōgozaimashita” and every single diner is thanked.
Mr T turns the A-Team van off until tomorrow when he will do it all over again.
Gataro… you will be seeing me again… real soon.
Sashimi: Specials Daily
Food: 500-1000 yen ($5-$10) per dish
Sake 150ml: 500 – 900 yen ($5-$9)
Approx. cost for 2: 5000 – 7000 yen ($50 – 70) + drinks
English Spoken: Very very little
English Menu: 1 single copy available, but no specials.
Closed: Third Wednesday of Feb, Apr, Jun, Sep, Nov
For more Info visit http://www.t-cb.co.jp/gataro.html
Gataro – Google Maps Link below for you convenience.