This Japanese Import Gives an Authentic Taste of Osaka’s Okonomiyaki

Filipinos are always crazy about franchises, and this year’s imports have a predominant origin: Japan. From katsu to ramen to udon to pastries, our restaurant scene is now full of Japanese staples that have become popular due to both their brand and the quality of food they’re known for.

Deluxe Okonomiyaki, PHP 360

The newest kid on the block comes in the form of juggernaut Dohtonbori, a 25 year old company with roots in Japan, and branches in Bangkok and Taipei. The chain specializes in okonomiyaki in the style of Osaka, which includes both imported Japanese yam and flour to create a dense, abundantly veggie-filled cross between a pancake and omelette.

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Mochi Mentaiko Monjayaki, PHP 260.

More than that however, Dohtonbori’s branches in the Philippines will offer a varied menu that includes some dishes you might not have seen on our shores before, like a monjayaki which might look all sorts of odd, but is a delicious, chewy, sticky, mess filled with mochi, that is peeled right off the teppan grill as you eat it. Here’s a peek at what to expect as Dohtonbori rolls out its restaurants across the country.

Left: Hiroshima Yaki, PHP 390. | Right: Tempura Moriawase, PHP 340. Gyu-tan Yakiniku, PHP 330.

Have you tried Dohtonbori? What would you put in your Okonomiyaki? Sound off in the comments section below!


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