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Okonomiyaki in the East Bay?

ltsering Feb 25, 2014 02:24 PM

Folks I've got an urge for okonomiyaki and I don't want to have to travel to Japantown or the South Bay.
The nice ladies who work at Yaoya-San in El Cerrito told me to make one using a mix ... but I figure it's cheaper and better to just order one in a restaurant.
Any help? thanks

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: ltsering Feb 25, 2014 02:37 PM

    Iyasare and Ippuku have had it on the menu, call and ask.

    Unfortunately Norikonoko is closed for repairs.

    1. chefj RE: ltsering Feb 25, 2014 06:44 PM

      I doubt it will be cheaper than making it at home.

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        phokonomiyaki RE: ltsering Feb 25, 2014 10:20 PM

        I've yet to see it on a regular menu anywhere in the East Bay, but there is a list of all the SF and SJ restaurants as well as home cooking instructions here http://okonomiyakiworld.com - it's quite easy to make! Good luck.

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          Tripeler RE: phokonomiyaki Feb 26, 2014 06:15 AM

          Thanks for pointing out this great Okonomiyaki site. Certainly clears up a lot of questions, and provides great information.

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          jaiko RE: ltsering Feb 26, 2014 05:49 PM

          Iyasare's version is very delicate, very soft. Currently with Dungeness crab, Yama imo, shiitake, savoy cabbage, bonito flake, mentaiko aioli, chili ponzu. Chef Shotaro Kamio's cooking at Iyasare is tending towards the subtle with clean natural flavors, very light on the sauces and the salt - in fact, on the one we had this past Friday (Feb 21st) you could hardly taste the aioli or ponzu.

          Our party (all Asians) loved the uni risotto, for example, but a couple of non-Asian friends who love Japanese restaurant food, were dining separately at the same time we were, and thought the uni risotto was too bland and dull.

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