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Sep 18, 2006 08:02 PM


probably misspelled... anybody out there know where I can get okonomiaki? Used to be a place in L.T, along time ago...

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  1. Around Torrance there's a place called Gaja where you can make your own okonomiyaki (they offer several regional variations, I believe - Hiroshima style being my fave)

    A Taiwanese chain called Genki Living also offers okonomiyaki - though haven't tried that one yet (their japanese-styled crepe desserts are decent, though)

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    1. re: AquaW

      i've heard rumor of Gaja. Do you know where Genki Living is? Thanks alot!

      1. re: gordita

        Here are writeups and photos I did on GaJa and Genki Living. Genki Living has a branch in Irvine and also in Rowland Heights.



        1. re: elmomonster

          I just read your blog before your reply...We have a japanese exchange student living with us, so i'm not sure how Taiwanese okonomiyaki would fly. We will try Gaja this weekend. Did you ever go to the little spot in L.T in the plaza thats connects to Otani Hotel? No one seems to remember it.

          1. re: gordita

            I remember the oknomiyanki place on the 3rd floor, in Weller Court! I used to eat there at least 3-4 times a month, it was that good. Seems like there's nothing in LA to really compare to that place..I do need to try Gaja the next time i'm in Torrance.

          2. re: elmomonster

            hey elmo, is gaja open for lunch on Sundays??????

            1. re: gordita

              Actually I'm not sure. You should give them a ring:

              (310) 534-0153


        2. re: AquaW

          Gaja is great, they even have directions on how to make your own. Or if you are more adventurous, you can now get a packet at Mitsuwa to make your own at home. Its actually pretty easy and just as delicious, and you can pick your own ingredients. We just use a griddle that you would use for any pancakes. Very fun!

          1. re: CarlieInLA

            Is there a place next to Mitsuwa that makes it? I heard a rumor...

            1. re: gordita

              The food court in Marukai plaza in Torrance USED to have a okonomiyaki joint - alas, it closed down and converted into soemthing else :( Their takoyaki was pretty good too.

              1. re: gordita

                there are Several Mitsuwa's around LA, the one we frequent is on Centinela and they do have a food court but I did not see Okonomiyaki there. They have great Ramen at Tampopo though. You can also get the make at home packets at Nijiya on Sawtelle.

                1. re: CarlieInLA

                  Speaking of Nijiya - I have been to the Sawtelle store on various weekend afternoons and they've had two staff members making and selling okonomiyaki on-site, at a temporary table set-up near the frozen foods section. I didn't try their version, but the customers who did seemed to enjoy it.

            2. re: AquaW

              another vote for gaja. there's a lot of variety in the menu and like CarlieInLA states, there's a directions printed. dishes are generally good and of course you cook it to your liking. there's also a huge selection of japanese sundays and sweets.

              the place is very small and tables turn very slowly so arrive early. people tend to hang out, drinking sapparo draft and leisurely cooking their okonomiyaki. each experience i've had there has been great and gaja seems to get a regular japanese clientele.

            3. Gaja Okonomiyaki
              2383 Lomita Blvd, Suite 102
              (310) 534-0153

              Gaja used to have a web site but it seems to be down now.

              1. Ebisu Ramen Restaurant in Fountain Valley does a decent variety of okonomiyaki, and does takoyaki as well. They also have a number of other foods in case okonomiyaki doesn't appeal to everyone in your party. The Tenshin Ramen and the Hakata Ramen are both worth a try. Food quality is around B range, but you don't have to cook it yourself and it may be closer than Gaja.

                If Gaja is closer, go there.

                Ebisu Ramen Restaurant
                18924 Brookhurst St # A
                Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                - Chubbypanda


                  1. There's a japanese woman who sets up a stand at Nijiya Market on Sawtelle every other Saturday and Sunday. She used to sell little cakes with red bean/custard filling, croquettes, and takoyaki. When I went there today, she had stopped selling takoyaki and switched to okonomiyaki. It was $5 for the variety with pork or squid, and $6 for the pork + squid variety. We had to wait about 7 minutes for them to prepare the okonomiyaki. It was smaller in size compared to the ones I've had in restaurants (Tombo, Gaja, or the shop in Little Tokyo that folded a few years back). The pork was sliced and pressed onto the top of the pancake. The quality was so-so, we wouldn't go back just for that. (I'd much rather drive an extra 5 minutes to get a Spicy Shrimp bao at Famima on Westwood than beat the crazy parking and crowd at Nijiya.)

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                    1. re: oli

                      Went to Nijiya and saw the lady cooking up the takoyaki - she had one order ready to go - I wanted three. She said it would be 10-15 minutes for another two - doesn't she know it's FAST food? The ones ready to go looked kind of undercooked and squishy, so I passed. Maybe she was getting ready to fold up and go? I was there close to 7PM... Maybe I'll have to try earlier next time...

                      1. re: oli

                        Famima on Westwood has closed its doors.