One of my favorite locations in Osaka is Shinsaibashi Dotonbori since there's nothing but food, food and more food in every corner! There, stands a 6-storey Chibo Okonomiyaki building! I see why, especially because Okonomiyaki is one of Osaka's signature dishes! You can't leave Osaka without trying it, as well as Takoyaki! Founded in 1973, they currently have 63 stores and counting all over Japan! Impressive!
I was delighted to have been invited to enjoy the Chibo Okonomiyaki experience in their flagship branch here in the Philippines before it opened its doors to the public. It's been months since our Osaka vacation, and I've been having withdrawals on all the delectable authentic Japanese dishes we'd easily stumble across the streets.
The 1st Philippine branch is located at the newly developed S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila on Seaside Boulevard at the Mall of Asia Complex. To all the residents from the south... Rejoice! There's officially a new mall you can enjoy with your friends and family!
So here are highlights of the evening, and the dishes we got to try.
You can control the heat of the table while having your Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki experience to achieve just the right amount of crunch to your dishes, and make sure they're cooked well enough! The controls are at the side of the table, and using their "Okonomiyaki leverage" A.K.A. the "Teko" in Japanese, you can serve each other, cut your desired piece of okonomiyaki, and even use it as a spoon- That's what they call eating okonomiyaki, Osaka Style!
There are also sauces and condiments on every table side such as Okonomiyaki sauce, soy sauce, chili, and even dried squid flakes for addition toppings, to make sure you get your preferred taste!
Price for dishes start at P 120 and the priciest dish on the menu is a premium Okonomiyaki Teppan Course at P 1,900 that includes US Beef Tenderlion Steak, Butatama Okonomiyaki, Assorted Seafood, Salad, Tonpei-Yaki (Pork Omelette), and dessert! And you'd get a pretty hefty appetizer or side dish with that P 120 already. Very impressive considering the quality, ambiance, and accommodating service of the staff! Waiting time took a little while, but we did order quite a lot, and it was only their soft opening. So there's definitely room for improvement.
Learn more about Chibo Okonomiyaki here.