My new favorite Japanese meal is Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked.” Everything is delivered to you raw and you mix it up and cook it yourself at your table. The batter is made of flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water or dashi, eggs and shredded cabbage, and usually contains other ingredients of your choosing such as onion, meat shrimp, vegetables, kimchi, mochi or cheese. Okonomiyaki is sometimes compared to an omelet or a pancake and may be referred to as a “Japanese pizza.” Once it is cooked you can add a variety of different sauces to the top. It was delicious, fun and very filling! – Kelly O’Donnell, May 2013.
There are two locations for Dohton Bori, one near Hamura and the other in Fussa. The Fussa location is much closer to the main gate. At this location there are two areas for seating. There is seating on lowered benches with a raised grill, and seating on the floor around the grill. Typically four adults can fit around one grill. English menus are available and the staff are generally willing to demonstrate how to cook and season your food. The restaurant is relatively kid friendly, but the heat from the grill could be a concern, even though the staff try to cover the edges of the grill with cloths. They have booster seats, but no buckles to strap kids in. The Fussa chain is open 11:30 – 24:00. Last Order for food is 23:00 and drink is 23:30. Linda Bell, July 2014.
HAMURA DIRECTIONS: Exit Passenger Terminal Gate, turn right onto Route 16. Turn left onto Route 163 (as if you are going to the Hamura Zoo or Zonavoce). Continue 2 kilometers. The restaurant will be on your left. GPS: 35.758667,139.320281.
FUSSA DIRECTIONS: Turn left at the Fussa Gate and then turn right at the first set of lights. After going through one set of lights and over the train tracks, turn left at the next set of lights with Family Mart on your left. The restaurant will be just there on the left. There is a large brown ‘billboard’ with white writing and a Tanuki statue outside the restaurant (a raccoon/dog like animal). They have approximately 50 parking spaces located on either side of the restaurant. Their parking adjoins the Family Mart parking lot. GPS coordinates for the restaurant’s parking lot are N35.73826 E139.33266.