Volcano Kitchen

  • Name: Volcano Kitchen ボルケーノキッチン
  • Cuisine: Roast Beef Bowl/Plate
  • Cost: ¥-¥¥ (¥800+)
  • Bargain: Good
  • Payment: Cash
  • Size: Small; ~8 counter seats, one 2-seat table, and one 4-seat table .
  • Wait: 15? minutes
  • Area: Fukushima-ku, Osaka City, Japan
  • Station: Shin-Fukushima Station

The restaurant is easy to find. It’s just across the street from Exit 3.
Volcano Kitchen 002 (Storefront).jpg Their specialty is a roast beef tower. They had three versions ― Volcano Plate (regular size), Fuji-yama Volcano Plate (meat x2 and rice x1.5), and Ultimate Volcano Plate (regular size but with wagyu roast beef). We got the Fuji-yama Volcano Plate, for ¥1590, since it had the most volume. Inside, the waiter/owner told us we had three choices for the sauce:

  • こってり kotteri (thick) – shoyu and butter (store recommendation)
  • あっさり assari (light) – onion and ginger
  • ムアンバ Muamba (Gabonese inspired) – tomato-based

We both went with kotteri since that was the restaurant’s recommendation. Volcano Kitchen 003 (Sauces).jpg

The tower was topped with dried chili strips/threads that gave a nice chili aroma and flavor without the spiciness. The roast beef was good. The sauce was buttery and salty with slightly sweet aftertaste. The consistency was more like gravy.
Volcano Kitchen 007 (Fuji-yama Volcano Plate).jpg

As I was making my way down into the tower, removing each slice of roast beef, layer by layer, I was surprised to find a medium-boiled egg hidden within tower. When you break the egg, the yolk would flow out and down the tower like lava from a volcano. Volcano Kitchen 015 (Fuji-yama Volcano Plate).jpg

Hidden underneath the egg was a bed of rice. The rice was pretty good. Not soggy nor dry. The rice was great to soak up the remaining sauce. I rationed out my meat, rice, and sauce so that I’d have equal amounts of meat, rice, and sauce with each bite.
Volcano Kitchen 017 (Fuji-yama Volcano Plate).jpg

The sauce/gravy was a little on the salty side IMHO while eating it with just the roast beef. However, eating the sauce with the rice was better because the rice helped balance/spread out the saltiness. Since I was taking my time taking pictures and slowly portioning my rice-meat-sauce ratio, the owner came to check up on us. He told me that if I didn’t have enough sauce to let him know because (only) the Fuji-yama Plate gets extra sauce refills. They also have other items on their menu like Italian Volcano (tomato, basil, cheese sauce), Diamond Bed (roast beef loco moco), etc. Volcano Kitchen 018 (Meal Ticket Machine).jpg

Overall: 4/5 Rating
TL;DR: Roast beef tower with a buttery sauce.
Recommend: Highly Recommend

Website: http://volcanokitchen.com/?page_id=13
Address: 大阪府 大阪市 福島区 福島4-5-56


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