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Sakuratei – Okonomi-yaki paradise

Definitely something to go back to Tokyo for.

“SAKURATEI” is a Okonomi-yaki and Monja-yaki restaurant located at the quiet back street of Harajuku, the center of fashion and youth culture of Japan.

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked” (c.f. yakitori and yakisoba). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region.

The location of this hidden gem is adjecent to a gallery which, if you come from one side, will have to pass through to reach “SAKURATEI”. But once reached this place you will be overwhelmed with the smell of fried okonomi-yaki from every table around you. A colorful surrounding will welcome you with a smile and the hustle and bustle will tell you it’s a place where everyone will be talking about once they’ve tried it.

The experience was a real nice one since you have to make the food for yourself

We went there last weekend and Kimchi Girl found the address on one of the Korean blogs she reads. We could find it with a little map from Google and if we weren’t so bold as to just go into the gallery and search for the restaurant we might’ve never found it.

We loved the way how you have to make your own okonomi-yaki and so we tried the set lunch menu for ¥ 1,060. Which meant unlimited okonomi-yaki and one free drink included in the price. We went for two rounds and an extra beer outside the set menu. The flavor was real good and it only made us crave for more afterwards and even when we came back in Beijing.

The experience was a real nice one since you have to make the food for yourself. You get presented with the ingredients in a small bowl. Then you have to mix it and pour it onto the cooking plate in front of you. They also have it nicely explained in an English ‘manual’ for the people who never ever tried okonomi-yaki. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Although they didn’t speak English with us they did exactly understand what we said to them in English.

In the end the thing we enjoyed most there was the fact you can make your own Japanese food and it even tastes great! Definitely something to go back to Tokyo for.