Reading a post about Mifune a while ago, I finally made a trip last night to try out its Okonomiyaki. By the time my food was brought to a table, I had a not-so-high expectation based on the fact that:
1. The place was completely empty at 6:30 p.m. while nearby restaurants such as Ino and Takara , which I like, seemed pretty busy. For that matter, Mifune in Kintetsu Mall was packed. I am not saying that the busy restaurant means good or vice versa. It just made me wonder...
2. The menu was only in English with a color picture making me wonder if the restaurant was targeting people who have very little knowledge about Japanese food. There was no written words on the wall or a special Japanese menu.
3. When I got my Pork and squid Okonomiyaki, the first thing I noticed was that kizami-nori (shredded seaweed that is used for the dishes such as Chirashizushi) was on top of my okomomiyaki, instead of Aoniri (green nori flakes which is also used for Takoyaki).
Then I took a bite of Okonomiyaki, expecting doughy, undercooked version that one would get at Izumiya, which is also in Japan Center.
Wow, its pretty good!! It had a right consistency and flavor with lots of squid and thin sliced pork. Pork was a little bit too lean and chewy for my taste and Okonomiyaki could have used more Okonomiyaki-sauce but its a minor complaint (the waitness handed me a bottle of Otafuku-brand Okonomiyaki Sauce upon request). This is NOT as yummy as the one you can get from Okonomiyaki restaurants in Japan, BUT its as good as the take-out okonomiyaki from Depachika (Japanese department store with food sections located at the basement level) for sure! I'd definitely go back to Mifune and the next time I will try the Modern-yaki (Okonomiyaki plus yakisoba noodle).
One more note - Mifune serves Kansai style Okonomiyaki (all the ingredients mixed togeter and cooked). Only Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki place in Bay Area was closed about 1.5 years ago with no sign of resurrection. Benihana also stopped serving it. So I say, go to Mifune for your Oknomiyaki craving!
Don Mifune Restaurant (in Miyako Mall)
Address: 22 Peace Plz # 217, San Francisco, CA 94115
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