This bowl of perfectly fresh raw seafood and other yummy ingredients was transformed into a delicious Japanese pancake called Okonomiyaki.
The restaurant we ate it in was in the Shibuya district of Tokyo and it was a very cool experience because the restaurant was set up with little booths that had large flat hot plates built into the tables.
Diners then get to choose from a large menu of options and cook the food themselves. It’s a great, interactive way to eat out!
We were really lucky to have some lovely Japanese ladies in the booth next us. I imagine we looked a bit bewildered when the bowl of raw ingredients was set down in front of us so they gave us a little demo.
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The booths inside the restaurant. There were lots of young people, I guess it’s a cool thing to do for dinner after work?
Cooking. It only took about 5 minutes.
Cooked. Then topped with that oh-so-sweet Japanese BBQ sauce and moreish Japanese mayo. Heaven.
Served with this. Mushrooms in Japan are amazing! There’s so many varieties and they are super-duper flavoursome.
I loved ducking into supermarkets and checking out the fresh produce aisles while I was there. In fact, that was my favourite thing to do in all the countries we travelled to. Do you do that?
Unfortunately I don’t know the exact name and location of the restaurant, but from my crappy entry-level Japanese I know the Hiragana characters on the sign were O and Ra, so I think the name is Ora. If you know the address of this restaurant in Shibuya, please leave a comment and let me know!
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