6 Restaurants in Shibuya Serving Authentic and Delicious Okonomiyaki

Publish-date: Mar 29 2019 Update-date: Aug 06 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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6 Restaurants in Shibuya Serving Authentic and Delicious Okonomiyaki

Shibuya is a district for businesspeople and youngsters, with over 2,000 eateries situated within 500m from the train station. Needless to say, many people head to Shibuya to grab lunch or dinner each day. In such an area, picking a restaurant can be a tough call. That's where this article comes in with some recommended okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurants that are surprisingly not well known.

1. Teppanya Shu

1. Teppanya Shu
Only 10 minutes on foot from the South Exit of Shibuya Station lies Teppanya Shu, whose delicious and authentic yakisoba made with fresh homemade noodles got introduced on TV several times, earning the approval of many celebrities for "changing one's concept on yakisoba." Other than yakisoba, they use the same flour, made in Hokkaido, to make crepes, and their [Hiroshima-style Negiyaki] filled with plenty of scallions and a special sweet and sour sauce comes highly recommended. Anywhere you sit, you'll be able to see your food being prepared on the iron griddle, so let the sound of grilling yakisoba and the delightful aroma of the sauce whet your appetite!

Teppanya Shu

Open: From 11:00 am until the noodles run out
Closed: Sunday
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 3-14-4, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Toakari

Toakari is a stylish hidden gem located a 10-minute walk away from Shibuya Station in an alley of Aoyama. It serves delicious teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) dishes, such as the popular [Kyoto-style Okonomiyaki], cooked in their special way and topped with plenty of Kujo scallions. It has a flavor that you'll get addicted to, which is attributed to the mix of broth and soy sauce spread on top of it. This spread also enhances the fluffiness of the base. Sit at the counter to see your okonomiyaki grilled right before your eyes; it'll feel like a grand time! If you're with your date or kids, you can use the semi-private booths instead.

Toakari

Open: [Monday - Friday] 6:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Saturday] 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
*Closed for Obon holidays from August 9 to 17.
Average price: 4,001 JPY - 4,500 JPY
Address: 2-7-14, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Wahaha Fugetsu Shibuya Branch

3. Wahaha Fugetsu Shibuya Branch
You just have to walk 1 minute from the train station along Meiji Street and climb a few stairs to get to Wahaha Fugetsu and enjoy their classic [Fugetsu-yaki]. This luxurious okonomiyaki made with lots of ingredients, including pork, beef, squid, and shrimps, is the signature dish of Fugetsu, a long-established restaurant with its main branch in Tsuruhashi. It will take 20 minutes to make it, so you better order it before anything else. For toppings, they have a secret sweet sauce and mayonnaise, both of which match very well with their okonomiyaki. Alternatively, the [Tonpei-yaki] is super popular but limited to 100 servings only. There are also several course meals, ideal for a night out. Don't miss this chance to experience the traditional techniques and flavors of this restaurant with a history of over 60 years!

Wahaha Fugetsu Shibuya Branch

Open: [Monday - Friday] 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O.)
[Saturday, Sunday] 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Beginning and end of the year
Address: 3F, Futaba Bldg., 1-15-19, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Nonbee

4. Nonbee
The experienced chef at Nonbee, located 2 minutes away from Shibuya Station on foot, carefully selects and procures the best cabbage - a key ingredient of okonomiyaki - according to the season and production area. The cutting method varies, but it is done by hand every day, and the cabbage is cut to uniform thinness. Other than cabbage, they stock all sorts of seasonal ingredients from every part of the country. The same kind of attention is paid to the cookware; for example, they use a special iron griddle that requires all food to be 1.8cm thick in order to be properly cooked. There's also an open kitchen, so you can have fun watching the chefs cook while eating and drinking.

Nonbee

Open: [Monday - Saturday] 5:00 pm - 9:00 am (L.O. 8:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 6:00 am (L.O. 5:00 am)
Address: B1F, Navi, 2-6-7, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Gindaco Shibuya East Exit Branch

5. Gindaco Shibuya East Exit Branch
Octopus is the key ingredient in the takoyaki (octopus balls) at Gindaco Shibuya East Exit Branch, which is super close to Shibuya Station. That's why they only use the absolute best octopus available in the whole world. The secret to their takoyaki's unbelievable umami (Japanese savory taste), which spreads further in your mouth with each bite, lies in their unique technique of rubbing the octopus with salt and carefully chopping it piece by piece. The unique texture of their takoyaki - crispy on the outside, creamy soft on the inside - is what made them so popular. The menu varies according to the season, so you'll discover something new every time you go. In addition, you can order beverages like highball, so it's perfect if you want to stop for a drink on your way home from work.

Gindaco Shibuya East Exit Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPY
Address: Shibuya Higashi-guchi Miami Bldg., 2-22-13, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Suzume no Oyado

6. Suzume no Oyado
After walking just 9 minutes from Shibuya Station, follow the red carpet laid out in front of this popular restaurant situated within a building that looks like a geisha house to enter a quiet yet magical Japanese space that'll remind you of a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in Kyoto. This restaurant mainly serves monjayaki, okonomiyaki, and teppanyaki dishes, made exclusively with seasonal products, and the most recommended dish is the [Camembert Monja] featuring a whole camembert cheese wheel, which matches divinely with the dish's tortilla chips. There are both classy wooden tables and relaxing tatami rooms, so this place is suitable for all kinds of situations. Its retro red-light district atmosphere makes it perfect for those looking for a sophisticated place to relax.

Suzume no Oyado

Open: [Monday - Thursday] 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
[Friday, Saturday] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: 1st Monday and 3rd Sunday of the month
Address: 9-3, Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Mar 04 2019 Update-date: Aug 06 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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