Our Adventure at Monster Hunter Bar West in Osaka

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A major disappointment turned into an exciting and spontaneous adventure for us last night in Osaka!

Initially, we had planned to see The Killers in concert this week. This doubled as both an early birthday present for me (September 29th!) and as a “push present” from Josh as we await the arrival of our baby next month (October!). I was so excited- I would finally be able to see my favorite band in person! However, due to severe typhoon damage at the Kansai International Airport, the concert was cancelled at the last minute. I sadly had to send the tickets back to the distributor in a hurry and hope for a full refund…

To make up for our loss, we decided to make a date in Osaka anyway. No solid plans, just a little fun in the big city together. We stopped by for a late lunch of fish n’ chips at Hub Pub (with plenty of malt vinegar!) and then explored the lovely Namba Parks (which you may have seen featured on Reddit for its amazing “forest in the middle of a concrete city” aesthetic). We chilled on the rooftop and caught some nice Pokemon while deciding what to do next.

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My character Vaelyon and her trusty Palico, Tiramisu!

My character Vaelyon and her trusty Palico, Tiramisu!

To my delight, I discovered that an official “Mon Hun Bar” opened just last month right near us in Tennoji! I showed Josh some pictures of the menu and he was all for it. There was just one small problem…I had to reserve our place…by phone…in Japanese! I was shaking in my Birks as I dialed the number and tried to boost my confidence by mentally replaying my recent success with booking both a parenting class and dental appointment over the phone.

“Is 7pm available?”
“One more time, please”
“Uhh…hehe”
“Sorry, I’m a foreigner.”

Somehow, I got through it and reserved our seats! We were guaranteed commemorative coasters as well as a special snack at our table. We had an hour or so to kill so we stopped by McDonald’s for some of their new Matcha menu selections (quite good, by the way!).

The time finally arrived and we made our way towards the Bali Tower right outside of Osaka Abenobashi station! A themed diorama was placed in the lobby with directions to the cafe. As we walked up the staircase we encountered lots of framed concept artwork from the game and heard that signature music coming from inside the closed off room. The anticipation was building!

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"I think there are Grimalkynes nearby, meowster!"

“I think there are Grimalkynes nearby, meowster!”

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We started with drinks- thankfully there was a plentiful “mocktail” menu for me that was just as decorative and fun as the alcohol options! Each drink was whimsically graced with names like “Legiana Chocolate Banana Milk”, “Grimalkyne Maple Latte”, or the one I was so close to getting, the “Malfestio Float” with blue raspberry syrup, vanilla ice cream, and gold flakes!

Josh ordered the “Huntsman Highball” whisky soda, and I got the “Pilot Hare Peach Drink”!

The Huntsman/Sword Master

The Huntsman/Sword Master

The Hunstman Highball!

The Hunstman Highball!

The Pink Pilot Hare...I am still trying to catch this rare pet!

The Pink Pilot Hare…I am still trying to catch this rare pet!

The Pink Hare Peach Drink!

The Pink Hare Peach Drink!

For our main course, Josh got the “Teostra Spicy Katsu Curry”, which was truly spicy and delicious! I got the “Amatsu Cheese Risotto” featuring shrimp and basil with fried rice paper!

The fearsome Elder Dragon Teostra

The fearsome Elder Dragon Teostra

The delicious Teostra Katsu Curry!

The delicious Teostra Katsu Curry!

Amatsu

Amatsu

Tasty Amatsu Cheese Risotto!

Tasty Amatsu Cheese Risotto!

We finished things off with another round of drinks and a split dessert. Josh got the humorous “Paolumu Cassis Cocktail” and I ordered the massive “Deviljho” muscat tea soda (a Mon Hun Bar West exclusive)! Lastly, we enjoyed the “Kirin Parfait”, an electrifying chocolate syrup, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream treat.

The "love to hate" Paolumu

The “love to hate” Paolumu

This hilariously adorable Paolumu Cassis Cocktail

This hilariously adorable Paolumu Cassis Cocktail

We laughed for a good three minutes over this!

We laughed for a good three minutes over this!

The big ole Deviljho that I am not looking forward to facing

The big ole Deviljho that I am not looking forward to facing

The massive "Deviljho" soda!

The massive “Deviljho” soda!

Cheers!

Cheers!

The Kirin is one of my favorite monsters

The Kirin is one of my favorite monsters

The "Kirin Parfait" was aptly named!

The “Kirin Parfait” was aptly named!

We couldn’t end the night without scoring some exclusive swag, and score we did! Along with our coasters, we got an awesome “Quest Cleared” keychain and three exclusive Capcom x B-Side Label stickers! We also got stamps on our “Guild Cards” along with a 100 zenny coupon for our next visit (this was a spontaneous special occasion, but we ended up having so much fun we want to go back again!)

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We got stamps on our Guild Cards!

We got stamps on our Guild Cards!

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Overall, it was a memorable, magical night and a precious memory for the two of us before our own little hunter arrives in October. We may not be able to visit again before they close for their limited run, but I highly recommend you experience it at least once in either Osaka or Tokyo if you’re a fan of the series!

Until next time, happy adventuring!

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2 thoughts on “Our Adventure at Monster Hunter Bar West in Osaka

  1. Betty Ruth (Nana)

    Gorgeous buildings! We’re you actually on a roof with that view below? Wow! So beautiful. So glad you had fun you look so beautiful as usual! Love. Nana

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