What makes you come back to a restaurant after the first time? How do you describe your ideal “eat out” experience? For me, it doesn’t take much, a good combination of good food and good service would do. But at Mecca, I was not just treated as a Customer, I was treated as a Friend.
First of all, this is not just another post about a Tachinomi place that serves Yakitori. As the name indicates, this is the “Mecca” of beer and food that tastes goes well with many many pints. This one counter space in Juso Osaka is one of the few places where you can get Minoh beer for as cheap as 650 yen. They also have a long long list of bottled beer from around the world. And if you think you know enough about Beer you still have to learn some more from Yugo and Ken. The two dudes standing behind the counter are not joking around when it comes to that magical elixir we love so much.
Minoh: Brown Ale, Pilsner, Dark IPA
The food at Mecca cannot be overlooked either. They have a killer Kawa (Chicken Skin) kushi made with a tangy soy based sauce (Tare). They also have an amazing Karaage served with a pickle sauce, one of the best I have ever had. I was told that it’s made with a stout batter.
makes delicious duck (kamo) dishes as well. I feasted on their Kamo Negima and it was amazing. But the highlight was Kamo Tsukune (Duck burger). This is made daily with a blend of spices that Marco Polo might’ve encountered along the silk road. After mixing it with a raw egg, it is just a flavor explosion. And if you don’t like raw eggs, force yourself!!
I finished my night with another order of appetizers in the form of deep fried eggplants and Korean seaweed. So much to help me finish the beer in front of me and the others lined up in my head.
Namuru: Korean Seaweed
Fried Eggplants in Dashi
Throughout the whole night spent at Mecca I couldn’t be happier. They way Yugo and Ken treated me, and the kindness I received from the other fellow customers was incomparable. I thought that it couldn’t get any better. Upon leaving the place, Ken chased me and gave me one of their beer coasters, the one I used that night. I was speechless, I walked out that night with a free ticket to an art show a coaster and 3 newly found friends. Mecca treated me as a friend I’ve known for ages, this puts basic customer service to shame, shame, shame…. Also, It’s very affordable (4000 yen for a good night)
焼き鳥 x Beer Stand “Mecca”: Juso, Osaka