Osaka’s soul food okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake that consists of cabbage and batter. It comes from two words okonomi -how you like-, and yaki meaning -grilled. Okonomi stands for the variety of toppings that are added to the flour base.
These days, okonomiyaki is equally enjoyed by Japanese and foreigners, and restaurants serving it can be found all around Japan. Akihabara is not an exception.
There are two excellent restaurants near JR Akihabara station.
Teppan Nihyakudo Akihabara
Teppan Nihyakudo Akihabara is a restaurant that specializes in dishes grilled on an iron plate. It’s barely a two-minute walk from JR Akihabara Showa-Dori exit.
Its menu includes okonomiyaki, fuwatoro-yaki (okonomiyaki specialty), hamburgers and kara-age (deep-fried chicken). Most are high-calorie foods perfect to fill you up after a long day of sightseeing.
Their specialty, fuwatoro-yaki, has softer, thicker and creamier texture than the regular okonomiyaki. However, there is still the traditional okonomiyaki with green onions for those want something less adventurous which has simple, light taste and the regular one as well.
Teppan Nihyakudo is famous for its employees that are said to have excellent baking skills.
All the main dishes on the menu are around 1000 yen.
- Fuwatoro-yaki （plain）：600円
- Fuwatoro-yaki （rice cakes・cheese・pollack roe）：680円
- Fuwatoro-yaki （beef tendon）：780円
- Fuwatoro-yaki （shrimp・avocado）：680円
- Negi-yaki -（regular）：1200円
Chomp Chomp Akihabara, 5F, 1-13, Kandasakumacho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 101-0025, Japan
Yukari ＡＫＩＢＡ−ＩＣＨＩ is a restaurant that specializes in okonomiyaki dishes. It is also only a few minutes from JR Akihabara, on the 3rd floor of a huge complex (Akihabara UDX), right from Electric Town exit.
Its atmosphere is more traditional and similar to small stores in the countryside.
There are two types of okonomiyaki restaurants. One, where the staff prepares the dishes and the other, where the customers do it themselves. Yukari ＡＫＩＢＡ−ＩＣＨＩ belongs to the first one. Its main restaurant is in Osaka and they stick to preparing it the original way.
Their specialty on the menu is UMAMI YAKI (1480yen) which is prepared using Chinese cabbage, pork belly, squid, potatoes, eggs, green onion, and grated yam. The traditional Japanese ingredients are enhanced with a secret ingredient which is their condensed sauce.
Another popular dish on the menu is Fromage Okonomiyaki with a generous amount of cheese. It looks just like pizza when served. It is even cut in the same way.
Yukari ＡＫＩＢＡ−ＩＣＨＩ is usually crowded during lunchtime, but they do accept reservations.
Akihabara UDX3F, 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo To, 101-0021, Japan
- Sundays, Holidays: 11:00～21:00
- Monday～Saturday、Day before a holiday: 11:00～22:00