Okonomiyaki is basically a Japanese savoury pancake where the batter is made of flour, grated yam, eggs and shredded cabbage. And you get to choose the ingredients you’d like to add to your batter, stuff like pork or seafood. I seldom eat okonomiyaki in Singapore because it’s always badly done with waaaay too much flour and weird-tasting seasoning. Determined to have a go at good okonomiyaki, we hunted down Kiji – an Osaka-based restaurant said to serve THE BEST okonomiyaki in Tokyo.
The thing I discovered about the Japanese during this trip is that they too love their food. Even though it was already way past 2 on a Sunday afternoon, there was still a line outside Kiji. But it wasn’t too bad – staff took our orders while we were waiting and we had an iphone to keep us entertained. After an half hour wait, we were ushered to a table with a hot iron griddle in the middle.
What happens at Kiji is that the chefs will prepare the okonomiyaki for you and the hot plate is to keep the food warm while you eat. I ordered the Sujiyaki that came topped with beef, a generous helping of spring onions and a yummy raw egg. The Hubs ordered his with scallops and it too was absolutely delicious.
Actually if you think about it, it’s just a messy pan fried mix of … stuff. But okonomiyaki on a sizzling hot plate on a cold winter’s day goes down in my books as the ultimate comfort food. *contented sigh*
The restaurant is located at Tokyo Bldg. TOKIA B1F, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. It’s about a 5-minute walk from Tokyo station.