There are two types of okonomiyaki: Kansai-style and Hiroshima-style. Kansai-style okonomiyaki is made by mixing all the ingredients and cook them together, but Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is made by dissolving the flour with water and cook it on a hot plate and arrange the ingredients on top the circular shaped batter. This time, we will introduce several specialty shops that offer "Hiroshima-style" okonomiyaki in Tokyo.
1. Big Pig Kanda carp
You can taste their sincerity in trying to keep the taste as similar to the real okonomiyaki in Hiroshima, by using the freshest ingredients directly delivered from Hiroshima. This shop is famous among the fans of the baseball team based in Hiroshima, and there are valuable goods and pictures of the famous players who used played in the team, and that gives the shop an atmosphere just like a museum. Fans gather on days of matches. The shop has been loved for 20 years and is large enough to accommodate a huge banquet with up to 120 seats. Check out the Hiroshima vegetable teppanyaki (pan-fried) as well as Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.
Biggupiggu Kandakahpuhonten Big Pig神田カープ本店
- Address Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Uchikanda 3-4-6 Fuji Elevator Building B1,101-0047
The most popular item on the menu is the Hiroshima-stlye okonomiyaki which the owner cooks each piece carefully. They are also particular about the ingredients for teppanyaki. Hiroshima is famous for oysters. The oyster teppanyaki are juicy and many customers keep coming back. You can also get Hiroshima-made sake (Japanese rice wine) that are hard to get in Tokyo, so you enjoy them to your hearts content together with okonomiyaki.
- Address Tokyo , Minato-ku, Shimbashi 3-2-2,105-0004
3. Teppan, Hiroshima Fuchu yaki -Pukuichi-
Fuchuyaki is a must try item which uses powdered fragrant fish meal as an hidden ingredient in the minced beef which brings out the aftertaste, that is spread under the crispy soba (buckwheat noodles). It is recommended to put the additional topping of fresh green onion. The slightly spicy sauce balances well, so don't miss this one, either. The staff from Hiroshima cook okonomiyaki, so even the customers from Hiroshima are satisfied with the flavor.
Teppan Hiroshima Fucyuuyaki Pukuichi 鉄板・広島府中焼き 福一 －ぷくいち－
- Address Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Sangenjaya 2-11-14 Tsuchiya Building 1F,154-0024
4. Monjya okonomiyaki hachijyu
A 13-year old shop in Naka-Meguro that serves 3 types of okonomiyaki, Hiroshima-style, Kansai-style and Tsukishima-style. It seems like it would be fun to go with several friends and order them all to have a tasting competition. The signature dish called onomichiyaki is an established taste as it inherited the flavor from the famous okonomiyaki shop "Noguchi". Also there are many side dishes, so it may be hard to choose what to have. The "Camembert Double Cheese Monjya" is one of the dishes you would want to try out.
Monjaokonomiyaki Hachijuu もんじゃ お好み焼き 八じゅう
- Address Meguro-ku, Tokyo Kamimeguro 2-16-14 Chateau Ne Okumura 1F,153-0051
5. Chinchikurin shimbashi
Everything including the ingredients, the cooking methods, the atmosphere and the service, this shop is being particular about Hiroshima. By repeating trial and error, the shop pursues tastes no other shops have. There are plenty of oyster dishes that Hiroshima is famous for, and among them, we highly recommend the "Hiroshima Mankitsu (Satisfying) 5000 yen Course". It's a set menu which you can fully satisfied with the appeal of Hiroshima.
Chinchikurin Shimbashihonten ちんちくりん 新橋本店
- Address Minato-ku, Tokyo Shinbashi 3-21-11 Shinhana building 3F,105-0004