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Mary2Go Aug 23rd, 2006 06:07 PM

Okonomiyaki in Tokyo
I will be in Tokyo in about six weeks (yippee!) and would like a recommendation for a restaurant that serves okonomiyaki.When I visited Matsuyama a few years ago I was taken to several places that had a griddle built into the table so you could cook your own meal. The only place I have found in the US that serves oko. is in Hawaii and I am looking forward to having the real thing again. I think we will be staying somewhere near the Ginza. Thank you for any suggestions!

hawaiiantraveler Aug 23rd, 2006 06:16 PM

I saw a lot of okonomiyaki places around Tokyo but the only place I can remember seeing a bunch of them was in the Tsukishima area. There (and in Tokyo I think) it is called Monjayaki. Similar to okono but a lighter batter. They have okonomiyaki in these places also, see link:


Mary2Go Aug 23rd, 2006 07:40 PM

Thanks! I may have to try some on my way there while we are in Oahu...we go to Chibo in the Royal Hawaiian Center every time we are in Oahu! I am so happy I get to go to my two favorite places in the world...Hawaii and Japan!

angethereader Aug 24th, 2006 05:56 AM

Have one for me. That was my favorite meal in Japan. Maybe because it's impossible to get here.

Florence Aug 24th, 2006 07:11 AM

Bonjour Everybody,

Okonomiyaki is rather easy to prepare at home. See one recipe here

You can buy flour mixes where you only need to add meat, vegetables and eggs in Japanese foodstores.

BTW, the "World of Kikkoman" is full of mouth watering recipes ...

alan64 Aug 24th, 2006 11:02 AM

Okonomiyaki was a favorite meal of ours when we visited Japan last year. Fun & tasty. We went to a an okonomiyaki restaurant that we loved in the Asakusa area. Not being an expert in the cuisine, I can't rate it against all the rest but I will say that we were the only gaijin in there & they spoke no English (there was some English on the menu). The staff was very nice to us and helpful.

The restaurant name is Sometaro @ 2-2-2 Nishi-Asakusa (we read about it in the Frommer's guide). Traditional tatami mat w/ cushion seating & low table. If you happen to be visiting the Asakusa area I do recommend it.

angethereader Aug 24th, 2006 12:18 PM

Florence - thanks for the link.
I had the Hiroshima version which is made in layers and is more complicated, but I guess I can't afford to be an okanamiyak snob can I?
Time to print out some recipes.

Mary2Go Aug 24th, 2006 04:35 PM

Thanks again everyone! I am surprised that the trend has not caught on here in the US, especially with the popularity of sushi. Maybe I will make my next fortune opening an Okonomiyaki chain! Ange, I will have one for you and wash it down with some cold sake!

alan64 Aug 24th, 2006 08:27 PM

Sake's out. High-end Shochu is where it's at now!

Mary2Go Aug 24th, 2006 08:31 PM

I am so yesterday! Isn't that stronger than sake? I have to find my way back to the hotel!

hawaiiantraveler Aug 24th, 2006 09:24 PM

I like the sweet potato shochu...kinda like vodka


offlady Aug 24th, 2006 09:29 PM

I recently discovered that there are different styles of okonomiyaki in different parts of Japan. I remember having all of the ingredients stirred and poured out on a griddle in Kyoto and Osaka, but I also had the Hiroshima style which is done in layers. I've tried making it at home, and it never seems to come out as good as the restaurants. What am I doing wrong? Mine always come out heavy and doughy.

Mary2Go Aug 25th, 2006 01:13 PM

I may need to pop into the local Asian market to see if I can decipher the packages and get the correct ingredients. I think I will pick up a bottle of the sweet potato sochu too!

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