Ore Beate’s focus is on Italian home cooking and, naturally, pasta dishes feature prominently, including staples such as bucatini all’amatriciana, tagliatelle, spaghetti and other classic home-cooked dishes such as risotto and gnocchi.

Garb Monaque, a cafe, bar and restaurant, occupies a funky building — think of a birdcage that’s been twisted at both ends — between Osaka Station and Grand Front Osaka, two playgrounds devoted to conspicuous consumption.

Craft Beer Base, a hole-in-the-wall pub, opened last year and is a short hike west of Umeda. Downstairs, it’s a tachinomiya (standing bar), while upstairs has seating. On a recent midweek visit, what the pub lacked for in atmosphere — it was more library ...

What it lacks in views, The Dome makes up for in toys and a play area for children, ingeniously placed in the center of the dining area. Frequent users of child-friendly restaurants, such as yours truly, likely know that play areas are usually put ...

Kitayama is five stops on the subway from downtown Kyoto, but it might as well be a million miles away for the tourists who trudge around the city in search of Kyoto tropes: temples, shrines, teahouses and geishas who are more than likely tourists ...

Inakatei is a gem of an izakaya. Obansai (Kyoto home-style cooking) features heavily, but not exclusively, on the menu. And if it’s fish you’ve come in search of, then you won’t be left wanting.

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