Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that contains various ingredients. The name is derived from the word “okonomi” meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and “yaki” meaning “grilled” or “cooked”. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai and Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. The toppings and batter also vary according to the region.
From the same owners of Samurai Teppanyaki House in Norwood is Samurai Okonomiyaki, a new hole in the wall store located in the Chinatown precinct on Grote Street. There are six types of Okonomiyaki to choose from with optional extras such as noodles, cheese and additional toppings. They also have other dishes such as Seaweed Salad, Takoyaki and Yakisoba that will help compliment your meal.
For lunch, I ordered the popular Bacon Onion Okonomiyaki. The dish is made fresh upon ordering and I was told it would take a good 7-8 minutes to prepare. The store primarily caters for take away customers so everything is served in disposable containers. Having said that there are a couple of seats for you to sit down and enjoy your meal. After a 10 minute wait, the dish was ready. Despite the fact it was in a cardboard box, the presentation was good. The size of the Okonomiyaki did appear a bit small, and I could have easily devoured two of these.
The Okonomiyaki has a cabbage crepe base which consists of Japanese mountain potato. When grated it forms an unusually slimy goo which helps bind the pancake together. The pancake is grilled until the crust is golden, and it’s texture is nice and fluffy. In this version of the dish, the crepe was loaded with generous amounts of onion and a conservative amount of bacon. It was then topped with red ginger, seaweed, bonito flakes and spring onion, and drizzled with mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce. The best part, I thought, was the toppings. It had a nice savoury taste with a subtle hint of ginger. The sauces were sweet and tangy, and complimented all the elements.
An Okonomiyaki will set you back $9 which doesn’t include any additional toppings. The dish was tasty, although I thought of it more as a snack than a proper meal. Service is fast and friendly, and seating is limited.
WHERE: Shop 1A, 61-63 Grote St, Adelaide