Okonomiyaki is a mouthful to say and an even bigger mouthful to explain. Is it a Japanese pancake? Is it a Japanese pizza? But then, “okonomiyaki”, when loosely translated, means “grilled as you like it”. So, what in the actual heavens is okonomiyaki?
Imagine a pancake that is comprised of mouthwatering layers: a layer of batter, of cabbage, and of meat (usually strips of pork belly) or seafood. Interspersed in those layers are green onions, and on top is a thick okonomiyaki sauce sometimes adorned with grated cheese and bonito flakes. The layers are grilled as you would grill a burger patty. The end result? A filling and nutritious snack that is hard to find elsewhere.
Here are the best places to have okonomiyaki in Tokyo.