Where to Eat Okonomiyaki in Osaka, Dohton Bori!

If Tokyo was a feast for the eyes, I would say that Osaka was a feast for the tummy based on my own experience. It all started with the best okonomiyaki I ever tasted in Dohton Bori. And the craving for the Japanese pancake continues until today…

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We had just arrived in Osaka from Tokyo via the Shinkansen. We had settled into the Hotel Vista Grande located right at the heart of the Shinsaibashi and it was 9 p.m. Just within walking distance were a lot of neon lights, Japanese characters, pachinko slots and a row of very inviting Japanese restaurants. We decided to take our chance on the big raccoon and enter the shady-looking DOHTONBORI.

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We were told to go up the second floor and we found ourselves in these two bamboo booths with a teppan grill on the table in front of us!

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I wasn’t a fan of the veggie pancakes and I had no idea we were ordering it. The things on the menu looked like Korean bibimbap to me and I was glad that they did all the pointing.

For appetizers, they ordered Japanese salad, this cold tofu (280 yen) and

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the addicting edamame (280 yen).

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Then came the teppan style cooking that I was familiar with.

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The server cooked this beef-veggie plate (850 yen) with two metal spatulas in front of us.

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  Look for this on the menu.

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It had ramen and a lot of bean sprouts.

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For the next dish, he mixed this paste with veggies, egg and bacon into this goo and left it there to cook.

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Here's a closer look at this okonomiyaki from Osaka at its 1/4-cooked stage! It does take a while to cook so better order more than one or wait longer for more.

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It began to look like a pancake when he turned it over to cook the other side.

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He brushed a generous amount of red sauce and squeezed lots of Japanese mayonnaise.

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Then he pointed us to jarfuls of bonito flakes (katsuobushi) and seaweed flakes (aonori) to place on top of it as we like.

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I asked for more of that delicious okonomiyaki red sauce. The rest of the bonito flakes, mayo and seaweed are all available and unlimited on the table =)

This was the best okonomiyaki ever (800 yen)! It's the one in the middle there.

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You can cook it on your own too (though I would rather leave it to the experts hehe). After all, okonomiyaki = cooked the way you like it (“okonomi” means “as you like it” and “yaki” means “grilled”). I like it the way the busy Dohton Bori guy cooked it (he's probably not as busy when you arrive after dinner time). I can't even make it this pretty haha.

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For drinks, try Calpis.

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For dessert, you can have their pudding (330 yen).

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When in Osaka, look for the raccoon!

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Oh, don’t confuse this Dohton Bori with Dotonbori Street (also it is also near, this food street is in Namba, Shinsaibashi). This restaurant is near the giant crab sign and takoyaki stands. It is located directly across this Dragon Gate Pachinko & Slot.

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Hope you find it coz I can’t find an address for any of their branches in Japan... I’ve been looking around the internet and just found out that this Dohton Bori okonomiyaki craze has spread to Taiwan (near Taipei 101 – Sun Yat Sen Memorial MRT Stop, I just tried this one and the one in Osaka is better because of the mastery in making the dish and the wider menu selection) and Bangkok (near Terminal 21 – Asok MRT Stop)! Take me back to the Hotel Vista Grande and Shinsaibashi area and I can probably find my way back again. =)

1 comment:

  1. I was just on dotonbori and had okonomiyaki at Okonomi Chibo just down the street from this. It was really good, but you don't have the option to cook it on your own. If you are interested in more information on okonomiyaki - traditional recipes, history, ingredient details, etc. check out http://okonomiyakiworld.com Good luck!

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