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Aomori | Osanai Shokudo (お食事処おさない) | Fresh Scallop Local Cuisine

by Stealing Daylight
青森 お食事処おさない

[2019 Tohoku 24-Day Trip]
[Day 2 03/01/2019]

Aomori, the perfecture sitting in the far north corner in Honshu, has ranked second in scallop catch in the whole country. The best way to taste traditional local cuisine made with fresh scallop with a reasonable price, would be a trip to お食事処おさない (Oshokujidokoro Osanai/ Osanai Oshokujidokoro).

Osanai Shokudo is just a 2-minute walk from the Aomori station. According to online reviews, there is usually a queue regardless of time. It is quite an achievement for a small, family-style restaurant serving local dishes.

Osanai Shokudo Info

Address: 〒030-0801 青森県青森市新町1-1-17 1F
Telephone: 017-722-6834
Opening Time: 11:00 – 14:00; 16:00 – 20:00
Dayoff: Monday
Number of seats: 44
Cash only


2-minute walk from Aomori Staion.

Storefront and Menu

青森 お食事処おさない

We arrived at 7pm, and were lucky enough to be seated immediately.

青森 お食事処おさない

The glass showcase outside displayed the recommended dishes, including Miso Flavour Shell Grilled Scallop Set, Scallop Sashimi Set. Today’s Specials were hand written on the whiteboard, mostly sashimi in season.

青森 お食事処おさない

More food models in the showcase! Fried Scallop, Scallop Curry, and all sorts of Kaisen Don (seafood bowl) were also recommended.

From Tabelog

Simple interior, with loads of menu on the wall.。

From Tabelog

An entire menu delicated to scallop (ほたて). You name it, there will be it. From the signature Miso Flavour Shell Grilled Scallop, Butter-Grilled, Deep Fried, Sashimi…

Miso Flavour Shell Grilled Scallop originated in the Edo Period, when fishermen of Mutsu Bay cooked chunks of fish with miso in scallop shells. Later on the dish evolves to cooking scallop meat in a miso broth with beaten eggs and scallions.

A lot of Aomori families have giant scallop shells specifically for cooking this dish.

From Tabelog

Another big menu showed the Kaisen Don options.

From Tabelog

From Tabelog

From Tabelog

Multi-lingual menu available, with English, Chinese and Korean Translation.


青森 お食事処おさない

Miso Flavour Shell Grilled Scallop (¥1100) arrived steaming hot. Instead of using real scallop shell, it was cooked and served in a metal shell shape dish.

青森 お食事処おさない

It is fulled of scallop cut into small pieces, probably from 3 scallops. The crunchy “skirt” and scallop egg were also used, blended in with egg cooked to perfection. Miso was not overpowering, but added a hint of saltiness at the back.

青森 お食事処おさない

The cherry on top must be the sea urchin/ uni put after cooking. It might be just a little bite, but it was equally tasty.

青森 お食事処おさない

The set come with preserved vegetable and miso soup, which could be upgraded to special soups with a ¥50 off discount.

青森 お食事処おさない

My friend ordered Ke no Shiru (けの汁) (¥310, ¥260 if changed from miso soup). It was loaded with vegetables, konyaku, koya tofu.

青森 お食事処おさない

My miso soup was upgraded to Tara Jappa Shiru (たらじゃっぱ汁), which was a seasonal item. (¥470, ¥420 if changed from miso soup)

青森 お食事処おさない

Tara Jappa Shiru is a miso soup from cod fish bone and head, full of umami. Usually I don’t like handling food with small bones, but this Tara Jappa Shiru was really worth working on it.

青森 お食事処おさない

Another friend ordered Scallop Soba, topped with 2 full scallops. Excluding shrimp tempura, this was definitely my first time seeing soba with seafood topping.

It might not be the best looking dish, but you can taste a bit a traditional Aomori home cooking. Many locals were having dinner when we visited, had some beer with delicious scallop cuisine, proved that it was not just a touristy thing. Don’t forget to try the humble deliciousness when you are visiting Aomori!

After dinner, we went back to APA Hotel Aomorieki Kenchodori, and rested earlier for my expedition of Hirosaki Castle at 5:30 am…

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2019 東北雪見之旅

行程總覽 上篇: 東京 青森 宮城 山形
行程總覽 下篇: 岩手 秋田 福島 栃木 東京


東京景點 ➞ 湯島天滿宮初詣
東京景點 ➞ 台場 teamLab Borderless

東北資訊 ➞ 美術館及現代建築 開放時間整理
青森景點 ➞ 青森縣立美術館 | 鄉土本位 收藏奈良美智代表作「青森犬」


東京美食 ➞ 金色不如歸 | 米芝蓮一星拉麵
東京美食 ➞ bill 台場店 | Ricotta 厚鬆餅
車站便當 ➞ 東京+東北駅弁評比

宮城美食 ➞ 仙台牛舌三家評比 | 東山 x 閣 x 善治郎
青森美食 ➞ 古川市場のっけ丼 | 自選新鮮海鮮丼
青森美食 ➞ お食事処おさない | 庶民價錢 新鮮帆立貝鄉土料理
青森美食 ➞ 八戶屋台村 へちま串燒 | 在八人座屋台與當地人把酒言歡


青森住宿 ➞ APA Hotel 青森站縣廳通

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