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Five Recommended Restaurants in Tokyo for Fantastic Okonomiyaki

Did you think that Kansai-style okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) was only available in Osaka? There are actually many okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo that serve fantastic okonomiyaki that even people from Osaka swear by. Below are five restaurants in Tokyo where you can have great okonomiyaki!

1. OSAKA Kitchen Ginza Main Branch

This is a famous restaurant that was even introduced in Michelin Guide Tokyo! As indicated by “Osaka” in the restaurant name, the okonomiyaki is authentic okonomiyaki from Osaka that’s made by Osaka people. Kinmon Sauce, which is not sold in the Kanto region, is procured from Osaka so that customers can truly enjoy Osaka-style okonomiyaki made with great thought and care. Despite being in Ginza, where there are many high-end restaurants, the okonomiyaki is reasonably priced, starting at 680 JPY (excl. tax). If you sit at the counter, you can see the chefs prepare the okonomiyaki.

1. OSAKA Kitchen Ginza Main Branch

2F Great, 4-14-19, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

2. Bochibochi Takadanobaba Branch

This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy the flavors of Osaka in a retro yet modern environment that re-creates the feel of a working-class neighborhood in Osaka more than 50 years ago. You can savor fantastic okonomiyaki prepared by chefs who have passed a rigorous in-house certification process. The okonomiyaki starts at 700 JPY (excl. tax). They also have Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, such as the Hiroshima-yaki with Soba (880 JPY (excl. tax)). If you want to try a few flavors, get the S size, which is 250 JPY less than the regular size, so you can order a wider variety and compare the flavors.

2. Bochibochi Takadanobaba Branch

Kashiwa Bldg., 2-16-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

3. Honjin

This is an okonomiyaki restaurant at the entrance of Shinjuku Kabukicho Ichibangai, which is one of Asia's largest entertainment districts. There is a grill at each table, so you can grill the okonomiyaki yourself. The fluffy batter is a corporate secret that results in a fantastic and fluffy okonomiyaki, regardless of who cooks it. The best deal is the Lunchtime Only 90-minute All You Can Eat Course (1,371 JPY (excl. tax)). The okonomiyaki is usually about 1,000 JPY each, so if you eat two, you've got your money's worth. Making and enjoying the okonomiyaki yourself with friends is a fantastic bonding experience.

3. Honjin

8F Komatsu Bldg., 1-17-2 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

4. Nami Ikebukuro Branch

This is a popular okonomiyaki restaurant that is decorated in a style that combines Hawaiian and Japanese elements. The okonomiyaki batter has plenty of Japanese yam in it, resulting in a fluffy and melty okonomiyaki that will get you hooked. There is a variety of okonomiyaki types, ranging from standards to novelty flavors. The restaurant's original Nami-ten (980 JPY (excl. tax)), which includes both pork and seafood, is the most popular. This restaurant also has grills at every table, so you can make the okonomiyaki yourself. If you're a bit unsure about making it, ask and the staff will make it for you. Enjoy the piping hot, freshly grilled okonomiyaki.

4. Nami Ikebukuro Branch

2-24-3 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

5. Chibo Yurakucho Bic Camera Branch

This is a branch of an okonomiyaki chain based in Osaka that’s located on the 6th floor of Bic Camera, which is connected to Yurakucho Station. At this restaurant, you can enjoy flavors that have been loved in Osaka for more than 40 years, which are made possible by the carefully selected ingredients, the batter that is prepared with attention to details like the way that it is mixed, and preparation by dedicated staff members. Its most popular signature menu item is the Dotonbori-yaki (1,717 JPY (incl. tax)). The special okonomiyaki sauce, made by fermenting fruits and vegetables, and the dancing bonito flakes stimulate the appetite. The restaurant has a chic atmosphere suited for dates, despite being in a large consumer electronics store, and is a great place to savor authentic Osaka flavors.

5. Chibo Yurakucho Bic Camera Branch

6F Bic Camera Yurakucho, 1-11-1 Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

This article has introduced restaurants that are perfect for those who want to enjoy authentic okonomiyaki, but don't have plans to go to Osaka, and those who want to taste the flavors of Osaka again. Be sure to give these restaurants a try!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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