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Restaurants Serving Okonomiyaki?

Kenji Jun 19, 2009 03:59 PM

Are there any restaurants in LA that serve okonomiyaki? This is the popular Japanese dish that is sometimes described as a "Japanese savory pancake" or a "Japanese pancake." Thanks for any help.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Kenji Jun 19, 2009 04:06 PM

    Gaja Moc

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      kainzero RE: ipsedixit Jun 19, 2009 04:47 PM

      As far as I know, this is the only place in the area with a tabletop grill where you cook your own. The other one, Tombo in Gardena, closed a year ago.

      I've seen pre-cooked Okonomiyaki of average quality at random Japanese fairs, though.

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        bulavinaka RE: ipsedixit Jun 20, 2009 06:53 AM

        I third Gaja Moc. Just a heads-up though - it's Kansai-centric. If you want Hiroshima-style (which I prefer), they do have it, but if I recall, they only have one menu offering.

        1. re: bulavinaka
          Kenji RE: bulavinaka Jun 20, 2009 07:00 AM

          Hiroshima-style is my favorite, too.

          Thanks, everyone! I will try Gaja Moc.

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            bulavinaka RE: Kenji Jun 20, 2009 07:08 AM

            I am sure they can accommodate you if there's something in particular that you want in your Hiroshima-style. You have a choice of making it yourself or having the kitchen do it for you. Aside from the Hiroshima vs Kansai issue, the place is top-knotch for this kind of experience. The griddles are built into the tables like in Japan, great beer, pretty good sake, and a long list of corny parfaits you can choose from if you still have room...

      2. J.L. RE: Kenji Jun 19, 2009 04:52 PM

        Pre-cooked okonomiyaki (and they're good too!):

        Raku (corner of Olympic & Barrington, West LA)


        Raku Plus (corner of 2nd & Central, Little Tokyo)

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          phokonomiyaki RE: Kenji Jun 19, 2009 06:26 PM

          There are a couple others listed at this site about okonomiyaki - it also shows how easy it is to make it at home.


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            noahbites RE: Kenji Jun 19, 2009 08:20 PM

            Go to Gaja Moc. It's really the only adequate version that I've ever come across in LA.

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