So I’ve been craving Okonomiyaki since I arrived, and Mizuno was a popular pick, thanks to its Michelin-starred status. It was also suggested by a couple friends who had visited Osaka and several locals. As a result, it came as no surprise that there was a rather lengthy queue when I arrived for lunch.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made from a batter of flour, shredded nagaimo (a Japanese yam), egg, and dashi broth. You can fill it with all sorts of meat, vegetables, or seafood according to your preference. In fact, “okonomi” means “as you like it.”
While waiting in line, a staff takes your order ahead of time to expedite the process. I waited about 15 minutes before getting seated, although it probably would’ve been even longer. This is the perk of solo traveling: You get to skip lines! 😁
If you’ve never had Okonomiyaki before, the menu can be a quite overwhelming. There are all these different types of Okonomiyaki, sauce, meats to be added but thankfully, the menu does point to some suggested “most popular” items.
I ordered Mizuno-yaki (¥1450), which translates to “mixed grill.” It’s a combination of pork belly, minced meat, squid, shrimp, scallop and octopus. It is topped with Mizuno’s signature seaweed powder, brown sauce, and mayonnaise. This one was listed as the second most popular dish on the menu.
The dish was savory and cooked to my specifications; it was also very satisfying as the ultimate comfort food. The serving size is generous.
The service is timely. After you’ve been seated, a cook will come to your table and begin preparing the Okonomiya on the grill in front of you. The restaurant isn’t large, yet people don’t linger or hang around there. They come in, eat their Okonomiyaki, and then go.
The only problem I had was with the cook (not the dude in the picture). I’m not sure if he was having a bad day, but he was rude to other customers. Though he was semi-polite with me while preparing my Okonomiyaki, I’m not going to sit there and watch.
JAPANESE NAME: 美津の
ENGLISH ADDRESS: 1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, 542-0071
JAPANESE ADDRESS: 〒542-0071 大阪市中央区道頓堀1-4-15
BUSINESS HOURS: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (daily)
CONTACT No.: +81-6-6212-6360
NEAREST STATION(S): Subway and Train: 2 minutes away from exit B22 of Namba Station, 5-minute walk from Subway Nippombashi Station, 10-minute walk from Namba Station (Nankai Line), 13-minute walk from JR Namba Station
📌 DISCLAIMER: Golden Island Senorita seeks to deliver readers with honest and straightforward reviews. This review is entirely based on my personal experience. I did not (and still do not) get any compensation for my visit, including freebies, free meals, gift vouchers, and the like, and I paid for the food out of my own wallet.
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