It's only 50 minutes on the train from Nara to Osaka so we hit our hotel, Hotel Brighton City Osaka, at about midday. Way to early for check-in. Check-in at Japanese hotels is from 3pm. There is no checking in early. So we dump our bags and head for lunch at Kaishoku Shimizu.
When we first arrived we were told it was too late and lunch had finished but after we'd gone and were standing on a street corner trying to figure out where to go next the young man that spoke to us ran up to us and asked us if we'd like to go back. Obviously, because it was it was getting past one now and you have a very narrow window for lunch. Pretty much last orders anywhere decent, that is Michelin places, is about 1pm.
One of the highlights of the meal was when we were shown the live talking fish that was part of one of the dishes (check out the video below).
Toshihiro Shimizu did a great job with the food and his young waiter looked after us superbly.