Osaka City Central Public Hall is an edifice that has watched over the western end of Nakanoshima Park for decades. Inside and out it preserves architecture and technology from days when quality and permanence were more a part of daily life than now. In the basement, the Nakanoshima Club will take you back nearly 100 years to Japan’s Taisho era. It’s an intimate space where white tablecloths are set with heavy silver, glass, and delicate china, and staff in crisp uniforms invite you to leave contemporary bustle behind.
A Taisho Roman (read “romantic”) course is offered at lunch (¥850) and dinner (¥1,680). For the latter, you’ll get deep fried, breaded shrimp and pork cutlet, and hamburg steak in a red wine reduction. Beef stew is ¥1,500 on the lunch menu and ¥1,980 on the dinner menu. There are other dinner courses that range from ¥3,000 to ¥6,000. If you’re not hungry, you can still drop in for a cup of coffee, tea or something from the bar.
[box]1-1-27 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
Tel: 06 6233-3580
Hours: Lunch 11am-2pm, Cafe 2pm – 5pm, Dinner 5pm –9.30pm[/box]