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Sep 17, 2006 05:54 PM

Okonomiyaki please

My husband and I are Japanese TV series fans and we have been wondering what okonomiyaki is like.

We tried the Yam okonomiyaki at Tanto that came in a small steel dish. We got totally confused because we thought it should be a teppan style, pancake/omelette, not the mush we got at Tanto. There are different regional styles.... What style did we have at Tanto?

I have scoured the board and gathered that there are a few places in SF: mufune, sapporo, Benihana, and Hiroshima Okonomiyaki House on Winchester, SJ.

Are these places still open? Are there new places in the Bay area?


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  1. I think Hiroshima closed. And I'm not sure what style Tanto serves. Another place that has okonomiyaki is Izumiya in San Francisco's Japantown in the Kinokuniya Building. It is definnitely the pancake/omelette style. I don't think you can get any super-authentic okonomiyaki in the Bay Area, but my Osaka-born husband thinks the stuff at Izumiya isn't too bad. As for me, I'm not a big oknomiyaki fan. :-)

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    1. re: Wendy_san

      The okonomiyaki at Tanto is the one truly bad dish I've had there. Whatever style it is, I have to believe it's not a good version.

      1. re: Wendy_san

        I'll cast another vote for Izumiya. I've only had okonomiyaki in Japan once, but the version at Izumiya, if not "super-authentic" is at least recognizably in the authentic style. My personal favorite is their Mix Modern Yaki, which starts with a mixed ingredient okonomiyaki and tops it with yakisoba, a plain egg omelette and then the traditional okonomiyaki toppings. Really tasty.

        1. re: ahclem

          Mix Modern Yaki at Izumiya is my favorite. The other place I tried recently is Sapporo. I ordered the shirmp okonmiyaki, the shirmp was pre-cooked and tough that could not cut into pieces by fork. Stick with the ramen if you have to goto Sapporo.

        2. re: Wendy_san

          And another vote for Izumiya. The quality has gone down over the years... just five years ago, I remember that their modern-yaki had two Osaka-style okonmiyaki sandwiching yakisoba, topped with an egg. Now it's just one with yakisoba topped with an egg. Don't know how authentic it is but it'll satisfy the craving pretty well. There was also Mifune-don in Japantowne... I don't know if it's still there or if they still serve it but they had okonomiyaki with all the trimmings. I liked Izumiya's better, though.

          Oh Hiroshima :( That was such a great place for okonmiyaki and takoyaki. I miss it.

          1. re: muimi07

            of course, when i watched one of the cooks there making the okonmiyaki sneeze and then wipe his nose with his hand and go back to putting stuff in the dish, it reminded me of why open kitchens are a bad idea.

            1. re: muimi07

              Another vote here for Izumiya. Good enough version that's very tasty and hearty. Perfect for a chillier day.

          2. I've heard that Minako (Mission St at 18th) will make okonomiyaki if you call ahead and let them know that you'd like it. Their food is great so I'm sure their okonomiyaki is awesome, and authentic, too.

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            1. re: Mmmonica

              So far I know three different parties who have special ordered the okonomiyaki at Minako and they all disliked it. And, those are Minako die-hard fans. I'm waiting to hear someone rave about it before I order it there.

            2. Thank you for everyone's posting. I should remember to check chowhound even on busy weekdays, not only when salivating during the weekend.

              When I get to go to Izumiya or Minako, I will let you know if I like them :)))

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