Warning: This post contains photos of raw meat which could look yuckles to you.
Dohtonbori has been talked about for so long and after a failed first attempt to dine here (the lines were too long and we were just too damn hungry), I could finally try to recreate my Osaka okonomiyaki experience. Cathy C who has been my friend since kindergarten (our friendship is probably older than you!) and I needed to catch up after what we both deemed was a very very long and tiring week.
We arrived at on a Friday night at 8pm and I was really scared that the lines were really long and that it would be a wasted effort again but nope! There were only 3 groups ahead of us and technically we only waited around 20 minutes. Not as bad as the 2 hours last time. Yuckles.
Aside from okonomiyaki, Dohtonbori also serves ramen, donburi, and appetizers for sharing. We just stuck to okonomiyaki though because that is the specialty after all. I wanted to order many many things but I didn’t want to be a pig so we went with a mixed okonomiyaki for myself, an umijo (seafood) okonomiyaki for Cathy, and a seafood monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き/Japanese pan-fried batter) to share. Each of us also got a beer set because we totally needed it.
The okonomiyaki batter comes in a medium sized bowl and you get to mix it yourself! That was my highlight aside from getting to flip it on the grill. There are instructions to guide you and you can also ask any of the servers to help you out. After around 15-20 minutes, the okonomiyaki was ready for consumption but not before putting all the toppings which I had actually forgotten about.
After cooking each of our okonomiyakis, we made space to cook the monjayaki which we had no idea how to do so we asked for help. What happens is basically the dry ingredients go in first and then the liquid batter and it’s just left to fry. We were given the cutest little spatulas to help us eat off the grill. I liked the concept of the monjayaki but our was a little on the salty side. I will attribute it to the large amounts of konbu (昆布) in the mix.
I personally thought that the okonomiyaki and monjayaki we had were good. Nothing spectacularly different but still delicious. The best part for me was being able to mix the batter and cooking it myself. Interactive eating is always A+ and fun.
Side note: Sadly, the table next to us had 2 children who wouldn’t stop running around and shouting. And that went on for 1.5 hours. I was almost ready to go to jail for harming a child. The parents couldn’t control their children and just allowed them to bother other diners to the point that we had to switch tables just to be able to have our conversation. If I was that kid, my parents would’ve already slapped me. No, they would just have to give me a death glare and I would’ve already shut it and twiddle my thumbs the whole night. That made it very difficult to enjoy dinner :<
Since I’ve already been here I don’t think I really want to wait 2 hours to dine again if it comes to that. 30 minutes max but I would definitely come back. I really want to try to Hiroshima okonomiyaki because that comes with noodles and I really like noodles!
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