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Okonomiyaki in San Jose

Judith Hurley | Jun 29, 2003 07:57 PM

Following up on a review in the Merc, we went to the Hiroshima Okonomiyaki House on Winchester. This was brand new for me, so I have nothing to compare it with. The okonomiyaki seemed good, although the whole thing was heavier than I envisioned from the description in the paper. I also would have preferred a little less sauce, which I'll just ask for next time.

We had no clue about the size so we ordered two pork okonomiyaki, and one each of the side dishes which were takoyaki or omusubi. Takoyaki are deep fried mushy gingery flour balls with squid. Again, I have no comparison. They were really hot and fresh, but not as crisp on the outside as I envisioned. I'm not a big fan of deep fried food, because with very rare exceptions, it falls into what is known at our house as the "gut-bomb" category, so I'm probably not a good judge for this. The omusubi, on the other hand, was salmon in cold rice wrapped in nori, which I loved.

Okonomiyaki is hot and filling and one order with sides is plenty for two people. The place is pretty basic, has no discernible air conditioning, and serves only soft drinks. I'd do it again, but next time, we'll get an order to go and take it home to enjoy with an ice cold beer, which I think would be just perfect.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has gone, and whether this is the stuff of authenticity.

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