Okonomiyaki in Akihabara

DSC_0817Two years ago when I went to Japan with my parents, we were walking around Ikebukuro and we couldn’t find any place to eat. We stumbled upon a cute little local okonomiyaki restaurant… we didn’t even know what okonomiyaki was! We knew no Japanese and the waiters, waitresses and manager did not know any English. With some random stirring and a lot of staring at the table next to us, we figured it out!

Of course, when we went to Japan this time we had to hit up a big okonomiyaki restaurant with ALL the works! If you’re at Akihabara and you cross under the tunnel adjacent to the station, there’s a tall building with several floors, one of which is dedicated to food. There are a variety of restaurants but I had my heart set on okonomiyaki.

DSC_0863For those of you have never heard of okonomiyaki. Okonomiyak is a sort of Japanese pancake consisting of a selection of meats and vegetables. Okonomi means “what you like” and yaki means “cooked.” Basically, you start off with a batter consisting of egg and yam, you can choose what you’d like to have in it before mixing it all together and throwing it onto the grill. You can also have okonomiyaki with yakisoba (fried noodles) mixed into it; recipes and ingredients will vary depending on where you are.

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I did prior research to my trip and Fugetsu had many positive remarks. I’m glad to say that they didn’t disappoint. For first time okonomiyaki eaters, Fugetsu is a really great restaurant to start because there are English menus, the staff know limited English and a waiter actually makes the okonomiyaki for you as you watch and take photos with your little tourist-chic camera. The service is probably one of the best parts of the dining experience. There’s always someone checking up on you and your food to make sure it’s cooking properly. As well, there’s a button to call for service as the restaurant gets pretty loud and rowdy.

The few desserts they offer are also super tasty and cute. We had frozen cream-filled strawberries and mini chocolate truffle cakes.

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If you’re in Electric Town Akihabara and you’ve shopped till the late hours, Fugetsu is a great place for some fun Japanese cuisine!

Thank you guys for reading and bon appetite!

– Cloudy

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