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I've been curious to try Okonomiyaki ever since seeing it on a show featuring Osaka. I was wondering if there are any good Japanese restaurants serving it up in Toronto anyone knows of? Thanks in advance, Cheers.

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  1. Well I haven't had Osaka style Okonomiyaki here. I tried some at Wasabi wasn't impressed but its AYCE so I wasn't expecting much. A close relative of okono called taco yaki was good at the first markham place in the food court I am not sure if its still there. Since its so simple to prepare I just do it in house and buy the flour and toppings from from J-Town and pick some raw shrimp or scallops turn out pretty darn good.

    1. kenzo on dundas has okononiyaki. when there recently on a ramen craving, I was told that it would take about 25 minutes to prepare. I couldn't wait that long unfortunately and so cannot say whether their version is any good, but hopefully the longer prep time is a positive sign.

      otherwise, I know of okonomiyaki house on charles st. went 2ish years ago, and it was decent and comforting, if not as cooked through as I would have liked.

      1. There's nobody in town to my knowlege that does an Osaka style or a Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki unfortunately. I don't really know what style the Okonomi here is or if it can even really be called Okonomi. It's more of a cheap bastardization of Okonomi.

        1. If you are in an adventurous mood you can trek to the T&T at middlefield and steeles. There's a japanese restaurant at the food court. They have the best Okonomiyaki I've had in Toronto thus far which is saying something since I thought I hated okonomiyaki, they make hiroshima style as well and they make a mean takoyaki!

          Of course the only other place I've tried this dish is at Okonomi house but that place was bad.

          1. Guu has the item named on their menu, but I couldn't say whether it's in the style you're looking for.

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            Guu
            398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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            1. re: morefoodplz

              Guu's Okonomi is more Korokke than Okonomi. It's weird that they even refer to it as Okonomi.

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              Guu
              398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                I agree with Notorious I just had my first meal at Guu and tried the Okonomi and it was just a thick fried Pancake with no Meat in it at all. There was tonkatsu sauce and bonito flakes but no Mayo or sea weed flakes. Personally I like a bit of wasabi on my okonomi but this was not good. Not to sound like a knock against Guu the other stuff was good and the Sapporo was gr8 not to mention the energy in the whole place which was outstanding.

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                Guu
                398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

                1. re: elvisahmed

                  That's weird. The two times I had it at Guu, it had mayo on it - actually, way too much for my liking. I can see why they called it an okonomiyaki, but yes, it's not the traditional osaka version that the OP is looking for.

                  1. re: elvisahmed

                    Yes, basically to find Okonomiyaki like in Japan here, hasn't happened for me. I usually just make it myself at home.

                    1. re: always_eating

                      Yes, a good normal okonomiyaki does not exist in Toronto. But can you can make Okonomiyaki at home as good as those ones you eat in Japan ?

                      1. re: skylineR33

                        Well I learned to make it from my Ex GF who was a chef in Osaka and trust me it turns out pretty darn good and simple to make. You can do a search online for various recipes that are out there. I think the key is the Flour and I get mine from either J-Town or Galleria (Shirakiku brand) the ingredients other than cabbage vary depending on personal taste. I did have bit of hard time sourcing the Seaweed flakes but now J-Town caries them so no problems there.

                        1. re: elvisahmed

                          I have tried to make my own too with ingradient from J-Town, but the aroma is just not there comparing to the real thing.

                          1. re: skylineR33

                            Tell me about it!

                        2. re: skylineR33

                          No, my Okonomiyaki isn't as good as the ones I had in Japan but it is better than what I have eaten in restaurants here. So I make do! :)

                2. I have no idea how authentic it is as I've never been to Japan, but the okonomiyaki at Koyoi (2 Irwin Ave, west of Yonge a couple of blocks north of Wellesley) is fantastic. As is pretty much everything else on the menu.

                  1. Actually there's a place in Toronto that serve only Okonomiyaki. It's near Bloor and Yonge, hidden on a smaller street. If I recall, they have about 4 different kind of Okonomiyaki. Price range is about $10 / per Okonomiyaki.

                    Okonomi House Restaurant
                    23 Charles Street West, Toronto

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                    Okonomi House
                    23 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y2R4, CA

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                    1. re: Lovemomoe

                      I've been to Okonomi House a few times when I was either downtown or having a huge craving for okonomiyaki. It's kind of greasy and casual, like many okonomiyaki restaurants that I've been to in Japan. The food is okay, kind of basic.

                      When I lived in Japan, I would travel to different places with friends and we did have the pleasure of eating okonomiyaki in Osaka. The ingredient that made it so different from the Tokyo-style was the mochi! A full square of hard mochi, slowly melting and being incorporated into the rest of the batter.

                      I think it's possible to make a good oknomiyaki at home. It's just that you must take the time to stock all the right ingredients: the Japanese mayonnaise, pickled ginger, bonito flakes, soy-based sauce etc. Then, everything must be put in (cut to the right size) and cooked so that you achieve the desired texture. Serve immediately, preferably with a cold Japanese beer (I like Ebisu but it's probably just me reminiscing of the good ol' days).

                      For you home-cooks, here is a link to a Japanese restaurant that specializes in Osaka-style okonomiyaki. I am only offering it to inspire you since it has descriptions in English of the various types of okonomiyaki served there. The restaurant is in Japan.

                      http://www.japaninyourpalm.com/Restau...

                      1. re: Lovemomoe

                        I suggest to stay away from having Okonomiyaki at Okonomi House. Their variation is nothing like the real one. I would rather have the fried noodle, yakisoba, when I visit it.

                        1. re: skylineR33

                          <<I suggest to stay away from having Okonomiyaki at Okonomi House. Their variation is nothing like the real one.>>

                          I disagree. Their okonomiyaki is very much like "the real one" - just NOT the best real one! Besides, in your opinion, what makes it "real"?

                          1. re: Aleta

                            For the real one, I mean the one which taste like a okonomiyaki. I don't think it taste like or even close to the one I have in Japan. It is just a big mess of hard pan cake-like stuff with not much taste. There are good one and bad one in Japan too, I guess I am comparing it to a normal good one in Japan.

                            1. re: Aleta

                              delicious. and similar to okonomiyaki i tried in Osaka. i really enjoy their combination of beef and squid. yum!

                        2. Don't they serve this at Guu? I thought I saw it mentioned in a review.

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                          Guu
                          398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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                          1. re: Cat123

                            They do but it's so far removed from Okonomiyaki that it's similar in name only.

                          2. Any updates on real okonomiyaki in Toronto with all the new Japanese izakaya and ramen shops opening lately?

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                            1. re: Food Tourist

                              Had okonomiyaki at Momofuku Noodle Bar yesterday - great flavours on top, but the pancake texture is quite doughy, not like an omelette.

                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                The people at Guu on Bloor actually recommended Teppan Kenta on Wellesley for okonomiyaki. I haven't been yet.