Last week, I and my officemates finally had the chance to have a lunchout. One of my officemate really wanted to eat at Dohtonbori. I have been also hearing a lot of raves about this Japanese restaurant. This place is popular because of their okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes. Nope, this is not your usual sweet pancakes that you always order for breakfast or dessert. This one is the savory type, you can eat it as is or with rice. This pancake usually consists of meat and vegetables mixed together and pan fried. Here at Dohtonbori they cook the food in front of you so you can see that its freshly made. One downside only when eating in restaurants like this, is that the smell or aroma (because of the smoke) of the food being cook sticks to your outfit/clothing. You can just pack an extra share, and you can change afterwards if your to OC.
My officemates ordered a bowl of ramen, okonomiyaki (I forgot the exact name), two orders of yakiniku, chicken karage meal, Japanese salad, Japanese dumplings called gyoza and Japanese noodles – yakisoba. The first that they cooked in front of us was the gyoza, its similar to Chinese dumplings, and the yakiniku, thinly sliced pork with sweet sauce. Everything was cooked in front of us. I was really hungry at that time that I ate my packed lunched inside the restaurant (of course, I got that weird look from my officemates), after that I tried tasting the food that we ordered. The okonomiyaki was just fine, I was used to eating the okonomiyaki from another modern Japanese restaurant. This okonomiyaki was generously filled with lots of veggies and meat. The mayo and the sauce was good. The gyoza was just okay, the skin was kinda chewy for me, not my type. The pork was okay too. Overall I was not that impressed with the food here. But my officemates were all satisfied with their order. Maybe because, I’m not that fond of Japanese food. If you want to try a really hearty okonomiyaki, and food that’s affordable and good for sharing, then I recommend that you try and visit this restaurant. Happy eating!