Healthy Home Cooking in Namba
I first found Isshinchabou when I less than gracefully collided with the shop’s signboard. Although it didn’t really seem so at the time, this was a lucky encounter. Without my little crash, I may have never discovered the tiny alley that conceals Isshinchabou from the street. In fact, I might still be wandering Namba now if it weren’t for it! So thank you ‘food gods’ for leading me to this little blue sign (*pictured below). I’ll do my part and pass on my find; so to anyone who is interested in some of the tastiest and healthiest home-cooking you can find just keep reading…
Will you just look at this place … don’t you want to live here!?
Just make your way down the alley, to the old wooden door. Once inside, you’ll be asked by the staff to take your shoes off before entering. It’s worth keeping in mind that this is the only cafe of it’s kind in the area, so if you go during the peak of the lunch hour, expect a queue. That being said, the most I’ve ever waited was 5 minutes. Isshinchabou is well worth the wait. The food is organic, lovingly prepared and is also great value for money. Lunch sets average around ¥800 and change daily to incorporate the seasons best produce.
On the ground floor of the house is a quaint shop offering homemade baked goods and other collectibles available for purchase.
Customers eat on the second floor, on the floor at low little tables. Just as you might expect from an untouched Showa era house, the space is very simply decorated with no-frills furnishings. The once closet, has been converted into a little library and stocked with books and magazines to flip through as you wait for you food.
Today, I chose the main of chicken meatballs in a white cabbage soup. The set includes rice, miso soup, homemade pickles, and 2 side vegetable side dishes. Today’s sides were a slow cooked eggplant basted in a slightly sweet honey soy sauce and a pickled potato subtly seasoned with a turmeric. As always, it was top quality, incredibly fresh and absolutely delish!
For more on Isshinchabou you can check out there Facebook page here.
Breakfast (not available on Fridays & shop holidays): 7:30am – 10:30am
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:30 – 8pm (last order) *dinner starts from 5pm
Thursday & Friday: 11:30am – 3pm (last order)
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 11:30am – 5pm (last order)