Forgive the spelling...:)
I've looked at several online menus and have yet to find a Japanese restaurant in Austin serving kuromame (black beans) or okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza). Does anyone happen to have a line on a restaurant for me? I love these two dishes!! Thanks.
You should be able to find kuromame at a Japanese grocery store--it'll cost much less than ordering it at a restaurant. I buy other kinds of similar cooked Japanese beans, which come in plastic packages. Some Chinese grocery stores carry these beans (imported from Japan), but they tend to freeze them somehow so you may find them in the freezer.
As far as okonomiyaki is concerend, it's the SAUCE that makes or breaks it! I'd recommend Otafuku Sauce, but our family tradition is to mix tonkatsu sauce with ketchup and worcestershire sauce. And of course, you have to have kewpie mayonnaise! (American and Ajinomoto mayonnaise are too sweet for okonomiyaki). You also have to have all other little ingredients (and you have to have the right grill)--too much work if you're making it just for yourself and especially if you've never made one.
FYI, there's a restaurant that serves okonomiyaki in Dallas--Sushiyama, but it's an Izakaya (not the best place for okonomiyaki) and the chef isn't from Osaka.
Interesting you should ask about Okonomiyaki. Saturday night my wife gave a dinner party and served it. After some instruction the guests assembled their own; beef, pork, and squid were provided, in addition to the other usual ingredients. It was Osaka style.
I don't know of any restaurants that serve Okonomiyaki in the Austin area. But it is very easy to make.
Go to Asahi Imports (6105 Burnet Road) and ask for Okonomiyaki flour. The recipe is on the package. The store also has all of the other ingredients (except for meat, fish) and will cheerfully help you identify and locate them. Then go to Whole Foods downtown and ask for the pork and/or beef sliced "shabu shabu" sytle. Mix up the batter and cook it on whatever you use to make pancakes.