My husband and I were down in SD for 4 days, for our anniversary. After hearing from the board how good Tajima had been talked of (plus, we were craving okonomiyaki), we drove to the Convoy address and had lunch there yesterday.
We also noticed there is a second Tajima, across the street from the Mitsuwa market. Allmost went there, but decided on the main resturaunt. Does it have the same menu as the Convoy one?
At around 1:30 we arrived. It was decently busy, but got seated and my cup of tea was soon at the table. My husband decided on the pork okonomiyaki, and I ordered the spicy ramen with thin noodles and tonkatsu broth.
I do know that my husband and I tend to be picky on certain things. He really dislikes the bonito shavings on his Japanese food in general, but most especially on okonomiyaki. We asked for no bonito shavings, but got it anyways..>_< Quickly removing them before they "melted" into the mayonaisse and okonomiyaki sauce, we gave it a try. It's been since 2001 we've had okonomiyaki, and i've really been wanting some.
Tajima's was....Not the best, but not the worst. It wasen't cooked long enough and was a bit gummy, and the cabbage was chopped in larger pieces than we like. (we prefer shredded..makes the texture lighter) BUT...The wonderful flavor was there, and that made us happy. It -also- made us realize we need to make this treat at home, so we have it just perfect for our likes.
My ramen?? Hmmm..I didn't like it very much. Tajima seems to use fish-stock/bonito shavings in their broth for ramen (even the tonkatsu-style) and the fishiness I coulden't help but notice. It also wasen't spicy in the least.
We also got gyoza, and they were only passable. Probably frozen from a bag bought at Mitsuwa. The request for more La-Yu chili oil from the waitress was met with a scant teaspoon delivered to the table in a small dish. This stuff is NOT expensive, and good ramen/gyoza places have a bottle at every table.
We really wanted to love Tajima, and went with an open mind, eager for really great Japanese food. Sorry to say, we probably won't be rushing back next time we are in SD.