Looking for a classic local ‘Teppanyaki’ in Tokyo??
The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate, and yaki(焼き), which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.
This restaurant ‘YakiYaki Miwa’ located in Hiroo has a variety of local Japanese cuisine under one roof with a Izakaya atmosphere filled with plenty of vegetarian options!! AND….the menu is in ENGLISH!! The parent of this restaurant has its home in Ōsaka. And that’s where all the delicacies and recipes come from that are also being served in the Tōkyō branches.
The restaurant in Hiroo offers a bar and two teppanyaki tables (tables with a steel-plate grill in the center – all tables in the restaurant are equipped with such a grill) for four persons each on the ground floor. The large main barbecue and a counter with 10 seats is located on the 1st floor, together with some further teppanyaki tables. The 2nd floor is the “cosiest” one, as it provides three very snug rooms in the Japanese style where you can sit on tatami flooring (but don’t worry, there is ample space for your legs beneath the tables).
They may not be the cheapest in town, but they all offer good value for your money. Lovers of “okonomiyaki” (お好み焼き / おこのみやき) – calumniously called “the Japanese answer to pizza” – are getting their money’s worth as well as everyone who likes grilled seafood or meat. In any case, don’t miss the steaks there – they really are a treat! And another delicacy: sobameshi (fried vegetables with chopped up soba noodles).
Some highlights from our dinner at YAKIYAKI MIWA!
Negiyaki – which originated in the city of Osaka, is another savory pancake-like food from the Kansai region. Although, its also fried on a teppan grill, the main difference from Okonomiyaki and Hiroshimayaki is that Negiyaki doesn’t contain cabbage. Instead, it’s made with finely diced Japanese leek (negi) mixed into batter, resulting in a thinner pancake. Rather than Okonomiyaki sauce, negiyaki is typically eaten with soy sauce and topped with an additional helping of green scallions.
Address of the restaurant in Hiroo:
5-2-35 Minami Azabu
Monday to Saturday: 6 pm to midnight (last order), bar until 3 am.
Sunday and holidays: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
As the place is really popular, it gets crowded very often; make sure to make a reservation in advance.