Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant
The entrance to the restaurant
Last Saturday, I went out with some friends to a Japanese restaurant. I think that was my second time at a Teppanyaki Restaurant.
I am not familiar with Japanese cuisine. So, as with all my dining out with friends, if they opt for communal dining, I will usually leave them to order. I eat all food, whereas, some in the group do not eat certain food. Therefore, it is easier to leave them to order. In any case, my friends dine out more often and are more familiar with what is good, whereas I am quite clueless as to what’s on the menu. So, it is good to sit back and let them decide for me.
I remember there were meats – chicken, pork, lamb, beef, some vegetables and a salad, a dish of prawns...What are the names of the dishes – I do not know.
I know what a Teppanyaki restaurant is. It’s where they cook your food on a hot plate at your table. I assumed Okonomiyaki was the name of the restaurant. It was while writing this post this morning that out of curiosity, I looked up on Google to see what Okonomiyaki means.
Google says that: “Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake dish consisting of wheat flour batter and other ingredients (mixed, or as toppings) cooked on a teppan (flat griddle). Common additions include cabbage, meat, and seafood, and toppings include okonomiyaki sauce (made with Worcestershire sauce, aonon (dried seaweed flakes), katsuobushi (bonito flakes), Japanese mayonnaise, and pickled ginger.”
Looking at the pictures now and thinking back, it all makes sense. Apart from the rice, salad and tiny prawns, the rest of the dishes are in the form of ‘pancakes’.
So, now I know what to expect when friends suggest we go to a Okonomiyaki and Tepannyaki restaurant. It won’t be my number one choice, but if my friends want to go, I wouldn’t mind. It is always good to try something different.
Mixed plate of meat - chicken, pork, lamb and beef
The rest are Okonomiyaki dishes.
Sparkling Yuzu lemon soda – quite a refreshing drink.
For dessert, we had cake. There is a birthday coming up for one of the girls in the group. Since we were not able to make it on the actual day, we thought we would celebrate her birthday in advance.
All in all, it was a nice evening spent with good company at a different venue with a different cuisine. Definitely, something different.