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Okonomiyaki at Doutonbori

Okonomiyaki is 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 […]

Okonomiyaki is 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.

My husband and I went for lunch on a rainy afternoon. When we arrived we removed our shoes and placed them in a small locker. We then took the wooden key with us and waited to be seated.

Okonomiyaki is what they are known for but there are other things on the menu. I ordered a small okonomiyaki bowl and mushrooms on the side. My husband said the large bowl could feed two people. There are instructional sheets at the table that explain how to cook the okonomiyaki. The center of the table is a flat grill where you cook your food. You will also find many sauces at the table to make it your own. 

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. Grilling was very easy and didn’t take long at all. 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. We brought our young daughter but thankfully she stayed asleep. I think our 4 year old could handle it and would know not to touch the grill but my 1.5 year old may not have done so well. They have booster seats, but no buckles to strap kids in.

The tables are Japanese style seating. There are two rooms with seats. One to the left of the shoes lockers and one to the right. Tables on the left are horigotatsu style with the hole under them for your legs, so if you have bad knees or don’t want to sit cross legged you may prefer that side. Tables to the right are tatami mat style.

Doutonbori is not far from base with Fussa and Hamura locations. (Follow this google pin to the restaurant for directions to the one in Fussa). 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, and is free.

 Kelly O’Donnell, May 2013; Linda Bell, July 2014.; Deena Brunson, 2019


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