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Moriminamimachikko | Jan 1, 200508:40 PM

I had a craving for okonomiyaki so went over to Izumi-ya in Japantown this week.The restaurant was somewhat crowded but I got a seat at the counter. After about 15 minutes of waiting, someone came over and took my order of calamari okonomiyaki. It usually takes about 10-20 minutes for okonomiyaki but I was still waiting 45 minutes later. The couple who arrived at the same time as me ordered their food, ate it, paid the bill and left.As I was drinking my tea and wondering when my food would arrive, the waiter came over and handed me the bill. I was so startled I started laughing and said that I hadn't eaten yet. The waiter, who until that moment was a bit blase, was embarrassed and hurried over to the cooks. My dish arrived right away. Unfortunately the batter was partly raw, the cabbage was chopped too fine and the calamari was undercooked too.Izumi-ya used to be my old stand-by for yakisoba and okonomi but it'll be a while before I go back there.

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