Kotegaeshi: Unique and Affordable Okonomiyaki in Shibuya
Kotegaeshi Shibuya: Teppanyaki/Okonomiyaki/Monjayaki Restaurant at Shibuya Center Gai
Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) is one of must-try Japanese dishes, which is best known as the signature local dish from Osaka and Hiroshima. Okonomiyaki is commonly eaten nationwide and popular among all generations as it’s not only tasty but also you can have a lot of fun by cooking it on your own. There are a lot of Okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo, and usually they allow customers to cook their own dishes on the iron griddle built in each table.
A few dozens of Okonomiyaki restaurants are located within Shibuya district, a popular tourist area in Tokyo which is known as the center of the young culture, and the famous Shibuya Crossing is one of the most photographed places in Japan in the past years.
If you are visiting Shibuya and looking for a great place to dine, I’d like recommend you one of the greatest Okonomiyaki restaurants in the city called Kotegaeshi(こてがえし). The restaurant is located right off the station, at the most bustling and busiest street of Shibuya district, Center Gai.
Kotegaeshi is a franchised Okonomiyaki/Teppanyaki dish restaurant with 15 branched within Kanto area and 5 of them are located in the center area of Tokyo. Kotegaeshi serves various Teppanyaki dishes mainly Okonomiyaki with selected ingredients cooked based on their original recipe. From classic to unique, various toppings and flavours of Okonomiyaki are available at the restaurant and they are served with three different sauces. The Okonomiyaki at Kotegaeshi contains a lot of grated Yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam) that makes the dish inside fluffy but crispy on the surface.
Besides Okonomiyaki, try Monjayaki which is also available with a choice of topping/flavour at the store. Monjayaki is the Teppanyaki (iron griddle) dish originated in Tokyo and often compared to Okonomiyaki but it’s more liquidy and made with slightly different ingredients. Monjayaki is not as famous as Okonomiyaki among tourists, but you should definitely try to have a new Japanese food experience! Also there are many other a la carte items on the menu including beef steak, salad, pan-fried seafood and vegetables.
Each table is with an iron griddle which you can have a lot of fun with making your own dishes and enjoy sizzling hot dishes. Make sure to enjoy them with chilled beer 🙂
Access: 2 mins walk from Shibuya Station
Hours: 11:00~2:00am (Monday to Saturday)/ 11:00~23:00 (Sunday and Holiday)
Budget: Lunch 1,000~2,000 yen / Dinner 2,000~3,000 yen
Genre: Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki, Izakaya
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