The Japanese dish, Okonomiyaki ( savoury pancake) still hasn’t gotten the same limelight as other Japanese dishes. It would be quite difficult to explain to those, who have never eaten it about how a mixture of ingredients that is later grilled could create something so delicious.
Osaka is undeniably famous for its Okonomiyaki but in Tokyo, you can get mouth watering ones too.
We accidentally stumbled upon this traditionally looking little restaurant in the backstreets of Harajuku and decided to give it a try. It’s a very cool looking restaurant, in an old Japanese style. It’s relatively a smaller place with few tables and few seats surrounding the kitchen counter.
The staff is friendly and the ambience was cozy, clean and decidedly Japanese; all dark wood and low light. They are capable to speak basic English which makes ordering for foreigners easy.
We went with out 5 year old daughter and she absolutely loved it! Certainly recommend this restaurant if you are a fan of Japanese food ,especially the traditional ones!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR LUNCH AT YAI YAI IN HARAJUKU
COLD APPETIZERS :- Pickled cucumber, Yam Kimchi, and Edamame.
HOT APPETIZERS:– Kimchi with Pork called as But Kimchi
MAIN DISH:- OKONOMIYAKI with pork and vegetables and Yakisoba
They also have Yamaimo yaki made with Yamaimo dough, Negi yaki and Modan yaki (this has extra noodles on the top). They also have vegetarian options but with EGG. Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to eggs and he couldn’t enjoy the Okonomiyaki since they couldn’t make it without egg.
Yai Yai Okonomiyaki’s details:
Nearest station: JR Harajuku or Metro Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku)
Address: 6-8-7 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Website: http://www.opefac.com/yaiyai/index.htm (Japanese only)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5:00pm-3:00am (last order 2:00am); Saturday 12:00pm-3:00am(last order 2:00am); Sun & holidays 12:00pm-11:00pm (last order 10:00pm)
English menu: Yes