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Review of Zuboraya Dotombori

Zuboraya Dotombori
Ranked #445 of 33,068 Restaurants in Osaka
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

In Japan one normally goes to sushi restaurants but one fish is not commonly found due to the skill needed to make it safe for consumption. This is fugu or blowfish and Osaka-the-food-city is the ideal place to try.

Zuboraya is but one of the restaurants specialising in this but is one of the more famous. It's casual but in need of a makeover as it looks dated inside.

We tried a fugu course dinner which consisted of the various ways one can eat this fish. This is highly recommended as it showcases the different types and perhaps you can choose which you like best at the end.

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Thank Colin T
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

It's a matter of life & death!

I have heard a lot about the powerful / poisonous balloon fish (here, in Osaka, they call it a "Pistol" fish as it is a one shot kill.), but never dare to try.

Lucky me, today an old friend of mine who is a local Osakan hosted this unique dinner.

We order a 5,670¥ set of Pistol fish which consists of sashimi (skin, flesh, marinated, fat), nabe (which is the steam boat), and a deep fried.

They served the whole pistol fish for "nabe".

Interesting texture! very rich, crunchy, just delicious.

A license is required for Pistol fish chef and i've heard that the chefs here've been in business for 50 years?

Thank god, we're alive!

Thank Janejit
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Food quality was OK, in desperate need of a remodel. Didn't get the whole "make your own soup" with the burner on the table layout either. Not incredibly impressed but if you are looking for a casual Fugu restaurant this is most likely your best bet.

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Thank hausenpepper
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Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

Located in the heart of dotombori, Osaka.

Varieties of globefish are here! Grilled-hot pot come with boiled rice after that (I love the boiled rice) -sashimi-sushi and more!!
Recommend to try especially fir whom interest in globefish.

Small restaurant with japanese drink and eat atmostphere.

Come to dotombori and find the globefish ballon....here you arrive the Zuboraya.

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Thank TiddyWallapa
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

I don't think anybody eats fugu on a regular basis, if only due to cost, but it certainly was a fun experience. We got one of the set courses, which came with fugu sashimi, fugu deep fat fried (karage-style), fugu shabu-shabu, and even fugu fins in our sake glass. It came to $100 each, but trying the different presentations of the one fish was thoroughly enjoyable.

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