Osaka's Famous Charcoal-Grilled Skewered Meat Eatery: Sumibi-Yakitori Morita

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When in Osaka, I want to eat the most delicious yakitori, or grilled chicken served on skewers! If that sounds like you, I can highly recommend Morita. At this restaurant, savor the freshest free-range local chicken that has been deftly handled with the utmost care by the owner, who has the rare distinction of having a license to handle fowl as food.

The Menu

The food menu
The food menu

Start with the 7-skewer Omakase, "chef's choice" course, prepared with carefully selected ingredients. Then take time to savor the a la carte menu, too.

The drink menu
The drink menu

A wide selection of alcoholic drinks are offered. Compared to a cheap izakaya pub, they're a little pricier, but this isn't the kind of place that makes it name on selling things cheaply.

The menu is hung on the wall.
The menu is hung on the wall.

The menu offers a complete selection of grilled seasonal vegetables and grilled cheese. Speaking of alcohol, local sake and wine, as well as shochu spirits, are gathered from all over Japan!

Kirin Hard Cider ¥650

Kirin Hard Cider  ¥650
Kirin Hard Cider ¥650

First of all, quench your thirst with a light, refreshing beer that isn't so bitter.

Grated daikon radish

Grated daikon radish
Grated daikon radish

While enjoying your beer, cleanse the palate with grated daikon radish.
Slightly sweet yet sour, it leaves a nicely refreshing taste in the mouth.
You can eat as much as you like!

Assorted otsukemono pickles ¥480

Assorted otsukemono pickles  ¥480
Assorted otsukemono pickles ¥480

This assortment of pickles included: eggplant pickled in mustard, umeboshi pickled dried plums, takuan pickled daikon radish, shiba-zuke Kyoto-style salted and chopped pickles, and iburi-gakko, or smoked daikon pickles.

*Iburi-gakko are daikon pickles that have been smoked. They are a specialty of Akita.

Iburi-gakko pickles
Iburi-gakko pickles

Among these pickles, the iburi-gakko featured a nice crispness and fragrant, smoky simplicity. They were so good, I couldn't get enough of them!

Yakitori prepared right in front of you
Yakitori prepared right in front of you

Since there are only counter seats here, you get to watch your yakitori being cooked right before your eyes!
The chef, who spoke a little to me, was an amiable yet modest guy.
To make the chicken even tastier, he carefully cut off the burnt parts. For the most delicious morsels, he sources the various chicken parts from different regions of Japan.

The Chef's Choice 7-Skewer Course ¥2,150

Chicken tenderloin grilled with salt

Chicken tenderloin grilled with salt
Chicken tenderloin grilled with salt

The course started with a light and simple chicken tenderloin.
Grilled rare, it was surprisingly soft and fluffy. The amount of salt was just right, too!
Inside, the meat was so juicy!
The flavor of the sansho (Japanese pepper) added a nice touch!

Tsukune (chicken meatballs)

Tsukune (chicken meatballs)
Tsukune (chicken meatballs)

The moment I bit into them, these tender meatballs melted in my mouth. Their juicy meat was full of umami flavor!
Tsukune are ground meat balls on a skewer.

Tsukune topped with grated daikon radish
Tsukune topped with grated daikon radish

When eaten with daikon radish, the meatballs had a lighter, more refreshing taste.

Fatty liver

Fatty liver
Fatty liver

So soft it melts in your mouth, this liver boasted a deep, rich umami flavor!

Fatty liver with grated daikon radish
Fatty liver with grated daikon radish

The sweet and sour daikon radish lightens up the liver. It's delicious, too!

Shichimi and Sansho
Shichimi and Sansho

Savor the different flavors of shichimi (seven-spice powder) and sansho (Japanese pepper).

Chicken with Welsh onion

Chicken with Welsh onion
Chicken with Welsh onion

The quality of this juicy meat is revealed in its firm elasticity! The taste of the Welsh onion offers a nice counterpoint to its mouthfeel!

The chicken skin is so tasty!
The chicken skin is so tasty!

Grilled to a crisp, the chicken skin was so juicy!

Kashiwara Winery's red wine with umeshu ¥600

Kashiwara Winery's red wine with umeshu  ¥600
Kashiwara Winery's red wine with umeshu ¥600

An ume plum from the Kishu region is slowly steeped in red wine to make this umeshu, a sweet and fruity Japanese liqueur.

I was wondering whether this drink was red wine or umeshu. With a keen interest in the topic, I ordered one.

If pushed to make the distinction, I'd say it's more like a sweet and sour red wine than umeshu liqueur. After eating oily chicken, its sweet sourness refreshes the palate.

A kabura turnip

A kabura turnip
A kabura turnip

This kabura turnip was sourced from Sora Farm, where it was grown by the "natural farming" method, without pesticides or fertilizers.

Because the time was taken to slowly grill it, this turnip was soft and flaky to the core. It was so sweet and juicy!

Chicken neck with the skin

Chicken neck with the skin
Chicken neck with the skin
The juicy chicken neck
The juicy chicken neck

The chicken neck served with its skin is a Nagoya Cochin breed. Since there's only one neck for each plate, this is a rare body part.
Featuring a crisply aromatic skin, the fatty part was tender and so juicy!

I felt like I could keep on chewing it forever!

Large chicken wings

Large chicken wings
Large chicken wings

Daisen-Tori is another brand of chicken from Shimane. It's really juicy, too!
I kept chewing on the meat until nothing was left on the bone!

Ordering More Food!

After finishing the chef's choice 7-skewer course, I ordered more food.

Chicken heart

Chicken heart
Chicken heart

It was tender and exceptionally fresh!

Chicken cartilage

Chicken cartilage
Chicken cartilage
Chicken cartilage
Chicken cartilage

With a lot of meat around this cartilage, it was superbly substantial! The chewiness of the cartilage was perfectly balanced by the tenderness of the meat surrounding it!

Chicken back liver

Chicken back liver
Chicken back liver

This chicken back liver, grilled to a soft swell, was bursting with a comfortable chewiness. It was so full of flavor that it was like an umami treasure trove!

Grilled onigiri chazuke soup ¥680

Grilled onigiri chazuke soup  ¥680
Grilled onigiri chazuke soup ¥680

As soon as I placed the order, an onigiri rice ball was grilled. Soup was then poured over it to make chazuke, a simple Japanese dish usually made by pouring tea (cha) over rice.

First, sample the soup.
First, sample the soup.

The soup was full of chicken flavor! The seaweed also tasted good.

Then, eat the onigiri as it disintegrates.
Then, eat the onigiri as it disintegrates.
Even the burnt part is delicious!
Even the burnt part is delicious!

When grilled onigiri is paired with soup, the results are spectacular!

Free green tea

Free green tea
Free green tea

Finally, I could chill out with a nice, fragrant cup of green tea! I wanted to eat a lot more. Unfortunately, I was already too full!

At first, I thought the 7-skewer course was not quite enough, but when I ordered a little more, the volume was just right!
The taste was what you would expect from a famous yakitori restaurant!

Basic information on Sumibi-Yakitori Morita

Address
3-4-13 Awaji-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Access
8 minutes on foot from Yodoyabashi Station
Tel
06-6232-1810
Business Hours
From 6:00 pm until supplies run out
Closed
Sundays and National Holidays