Dohtonbori is a Japanese restaurant which specialises in okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes).
The diners' exterior resembles the streets of Osaka's older districts, with worn-looking tiles, timber fencing, a slatted awning and a few out outdoor benches and banquettes. Inside things are just as traditional, with shōji (paper screen panels) around semi-private booths, bottles of sake lining the shelves, plush leather seating and hanging fixtures that resemble paper fans.
The restaurant serves three different styles of okonomiyaki. There's the original, the Hiroshimayaki (Hiroshima-style) with distinct layers of thin batter, shredded cabbage, fried yakisoba noodles and a crispy egg, or monjayaki, similar to the original but stickier and gooier thanks to dashi in the batter.
All of the okonomiyaki are cooked on a hot plate in the middle of the table, either by you or a staff member. Top them with Kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce, dried seaweed and bonito flakes at will, or add cheese. The menu also includes sushi, salads, fried chicken, donburi, gyoza and yakitori.
Everything’s available à la carte, but there are also two all-you-can-eat options. One features every style of okonomiyaki, while the other gets you additional meat and seafood cooked on the teppanyaki grill, like Wagyu, Kurobuta pork belly and lobster tails.
Japanese beers are on offer, including a green matcha-flavoured beer produced just for Dohtonbori. There's also a concise line-up of Japanese-influenced cocktails.
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