I’m all about trying new and adventurous foods, so there was no way I was leaving Osaka without going to a fugu restaurant like Zuboraya. Fugu, also known as a pufferfish or blowfish, is a Japanese delicacy that can potentially be fatal if it’s not prepared properly.
The fish is poisonous due to tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin found in its liver, ovaries, and skin that can cause paralysis and even death. Since the smallest mistake in its preparation can be fatal, it can only be handled and prepared by a certified chef. How exciting!
The restaurant offers a variety of fugu set courses and dishes.
The full-course menu looked good, but I just wanted to try a couple dishes. I ordered the Deep-Fried Pufferfish and Pufferfish Sashimi.
The deep-fried pufferfish was hot and crispy. The fish was white, firm, and mild in flavor. It reminded me of cod or flounder.
The most traditional way to enjoy fugu is sashimi where thinly sliced raw pieces of the fish are fanned out on a plate.
On the side, there was lemon, green onions, chili daikon, and pieces of fugu skin.
The fish is sliced so thin that you can see through it. Again, it was very mild in flavor and a small dab of daikon radish with a dip in the tart citrus-based ponzu sauce made it more savory.
I survived my fugu meal at Zuboraya! It’s a great place to try fugu prepared all kinds of ways. Service was good and prompt. Afterwards, I wandered around Osaka for a while before checking out a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.
1 Chome-6-10 Dotonbori
Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan