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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Basic Japanese meals done well, I’ve been here multiple times when in the area and every time it is equally as delicious! My only issue and the reason I didn’t give 5 stars is that the hotplate is set to a very high heat throughout,...which means that the okinomoyaki base actually starts to burn before you finish it - I’m not a slow eater by any means either. The super size okinomoyaki is huge by the way, I’d recommend sharing. Yakisoba seafood was incredible! The cocktails are also great!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 22, 2019 via mobile

Not good cooking. Not excused by saying “for Japanese taste”. When a recipe mandates soy sauce, you cannot use table salt. I have Japanese friends here and home and watch Japanese NHK cooking shows. No Okonomiyaki should be greasy, bland, over cooked, and salty enough...to preserve itself for days. No sauce should be salty but otherwise flavorless - and caution about how spicy the sauce is was not needed. Lacks authentic recipes - even allowing for regional variances. They claim to offer free wifi and being in the basement it is needed. It did not work - I connected to the server, but the server did not pass through the connection to the web. Waiter tried to say it was the table - no no no no - it definitely was ‘bait and switch’ and besides why put a sign on a table if it gets no signal? Because it was not the wifi - it was them nit delivering what they advertise. While you think a tablet ordering system is good, all it does is eliminate the chance of requesting something - you cannot say “without dressing “ for a salad, “no ice” for your water, and it auto adds things by brushing a finger over the screen. And you don’t know because while the food is named in both Japanese and English, your cart/basket etc is only Japanese. The salad had so much oily dressing I filled a bowl of soaked napkins, still leaving too much. You cannot excuse the lack of a creamy texture by putting an egg on top. Shrimp in garlic had way too much salt, were floating in oil, and had dried garlic suspended in that oil with a few shavings of actual garlic. Serving a Parkerhouse style roll did not make up for any of it. All in all, this place us overpriced, misrepresents Okonomiyaki, and victimizes tourists. Just stay away. $50 without any adjustment for price for cancelled items which never were even prepared? Horrible food, horrible price, just plain horrible. STAY AWAYMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 6, 2019

Friendly service and great atmosphere. Food was awesome and very well priced. The okonomiyaki was so tasty. English friendly, and tablet at table made ordering really easy. Can be a bit hard to find the entry (under street level) but worth the effort.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 5, 2019

A busy place so people must like it, but I doubt very much if any of them would be vegetarian. They sat us down at the table with the hot plate on and left. It was only after ten minutes of waiting that I looked...around and noticed a couple poring over a tablet that looked remarkably like something propped up at the other end of our table. I don’t think we’re that thick. It should have been pointed out in some way. It took a while to negotiate the menu, which didn’t seem to have a single vegetarian dish apart from edamame beans ( which were average) , but I eat seafood so no probs. The prawns with anchovies and garlic arrived. Tasted ok but no anchovies. The other dishes were average too. All delivered without a single customary Japanese smile. Finally the seafood noodles. Delivered by a young lad who knew what it was about. He smiled and carefully put the noodles on the hot plate, offered to clear any dishes away and hoped we enjoyed our meal. The noodles tasted very good with plenty of spring onion and greens etc. Light on the seafood however. This place falls so far short of our experience in Tokyo where they cooked the food on the hot plate and adjusted it and were really attentive. A whole experience. Here the food comes out pre cooked and will burn on the hotplate unless you learn to adjust it and switch it off yourself. Not overpriced but not that great. We have four nights in Kyoto at the hotel next door but won’t be back hereMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance. The food is excellent and the system to order with a tablet (for an European person)is really cool, the menu is available in English. The Okonomi is delicious. I totally recommend it

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed May 16, 2017

The restaurant is somewhat hard to find above a bank. However the food was amazing (despite, or perhaps because of, the 20minute wait for the Okonomiyaki. The staff were also friendly, particularly as I was a solo traveller. For the quality the food is very...reasonably priced food (from about ¥700) and ordering the food on the iPad is fun and easy!More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Came after looking at several other options part of a chain young staff most speak English. Good options cooked in open kitchen right in front sat at table overlooking the cooking. Different style of giant fritter as others have mentioned with whatever you like meat...vege of seafood. Reasonably priced for the area different packages available including drinks if you have a party of 4 or more.More

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Milk green tea, tropical mix excelent drinking choises, cucumber with 3 different sauces delicious and fresh starter, fribous beef and cabbage with hot sauce highly recomended, english menu, design space, western style, absolutely perfect if your lost in translation in Japan and wish to have...a Japanese casual experience, top 5!!!More

Date of visit: March 2016
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5