Okonomiyaki is one of the most popular Japanese food worldwide, and it’s a must-try dish while travelling Japan. It’s Japanese savory pancake made with special batter mixed with cabbage, some condiments and a variety of toppings such as pork, beef, seafood and cheese, and topped with sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes. Although Okonomiyaki is a common dish all over Japan, it’s particularly famous as a local signature in 2 cities in Western Japan: Osaka and Hiroshima.
These two types of Okonomiyaki are not quite the same as dishes are prepared in different method and also cooked with different ingredients. With Osaka style, all the ingredients are mixed together before cooking, and in a restaurant, usually customers make their own dishes on the table with an iron griddle. Meanwhile, for Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki, ingredients are cooked separately and put in layers in the end. Also the key ingredients for Hiroshima Okonomiyaki is Yakisoba noodles which is not used for Osaka style. It requires more technique to make it so usually restaurants prepare the dish for customers.
While Osaka style Okonomiyaki is more common in Japan and you can find many restaurants here in Tokyo easily, there are several restaurants serving authentic Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki.
Okonomiman TOKYO (オコノミマン TOKYO) is a restaurant located off the main streets of Shibuya district, specialized in Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. The red exterior of the restaurant is pretty easy to spot. As the dishes are made with selected local ingredients (95% of ingredients are brought from Hiroshima Prefecture), you can enjoy the real taste of Hiroshima soul food while being in Tokyo. From classic to unique, Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki is available with various toppings such as squid, spring onion, pork, cheese, mochi and oyster.
Besides Okonomiyaki, the restaurant serves a variety of specialties and signature dishes from Hiroshima such as oysters, Hiroshima Oden (hot pot dish) and Hiroshima Dan Dan noodle (spicy soupless noodle) which are also worth trying. On top of that, they also offer a selection of Sake from Hiroshima which go perfectly with the dishes.
If you wish to try have a slightly different food experience in Tokyo, why not to visit Okonomiman TOKYO and try authentic local dishes without actually travelling to Hiroshima!