So I’ve been craving Okonomiyaki since I landed and this one was a highly-popular choice along with the fact that it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant. It was also recommended by a few friends that traveled through Osaka, and some local. With that said, it was no surprise that there was a a pretty long line as I arrived for lunch.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made from a batter of flour, shredded nagaimo (a Japanese yam), egg, and dashi broth. You can fill it with all sorts of meat, vegetables, or seafood according to your preference. In fact, “okonomi” means “as you like it.”
While waiting in line, a staff takes your order ahead of time to expedite the process. I waited about 15 minutes before getting seated, although it probably would’ve been even longer. This is the perk of solo traveling: skipping lines! 😁
If you’ve never had Okonomiyaki before, the menu can be a quite overwhelming. There are all these different types of Okonomiyaki, sauce, meats to be added but thankfully, the menu does point to some suggested “most popular” items.
I ordered Mizuno-yaki (¥1450), which translates to “mixed grill.” It’s a combination of pork belly, minced meat, squid, shrimp, scallop and octopus. It is topped with Mizuno’s signature seaweed powder, brown sauce, and mayonnaise. This one was listed as the second most popular dish on the menu.
The food was savory and done to my expectations also most certainly satisfying as the utmost comfort food. The portion size is big!
¥540 – draft beer
The service is fast. Once seated, a cook comes to your table and begins making the Okonomiya on the grill in front of you. The restaurant isn’t big but thankfully people don’t loiter or hang around. They come in, eat their Okonomiyaki, and then head on their way.
The only problem I had was the cook (not the dude in the picture). I’m not sure if he was just having a bad day but he was kind of rude to other customers. Though he was semi-polite with me when making my Okonomiyaki but I won’t just sit around and watch.
|English name: Mizuno
Japanese name: 美津の
English address: 1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, 542-0071
Japanese address: 〒542-0071 大阪市中央区道頓堀1-4-15
Business hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (daily)
Nearest Station: Subway and Train: 2 minutes away from exit B22 of Namba Station, 5-minute walk from Subway Nippombashi Station, 10-minute walk from Namba Station (Nankai Line), 13-minute walk from JR Namba Station