Okonomiyaki is a unique Japanese dish likened to savory pancakes, pizza, and omelettes. The batter is made up mainly of flour, Nagaimo yam, cabbage, eggs, and additional ingredients that vary per region. Grilled on hot plates called teppan, some Okonomiyaki restaurants are DIY establishments.

While Tokyo isn’t top of mind for Okonomiyaki – this is reserved for Osaka/Kansai and Hiroshima, there are still quite a number of good restaurants in the city to sample this dish. One of the perks of being in the capital is having access to what other regions has to offer. In which case, here are the 10 best restaurants in Shinjuku that serve great Okonomiyaki:

1. Buchiumaya (ぶち旨屋)

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at Buchiumaya.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at Buchiumaya. From Instagram

Buchiumaya is a hole-in-the-wall izakaya that serves Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki. The point to this style is the use of noodles, the extra generous amount of cabbage, and the layering of additional ingredients instead of mixing them all in the batter. Their regular Okonomiyaki is the bestseller, but if you want something more interesting, there’s a version with mochi and cheese. Order this with a Hoppy Beer for an instant night out in the backstreets of Shinjuku.

Address: 7-22-34 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13029099/ (Japanese only)

2. Tsuchiya (つちや)

Cook your own Okonomiyaki at Tsuchiya.

Cook your own Okonomiyaki at Tsuchiya. From Instagram

Tsuchiya is one of those places where you can grill your own Okonomiyaki. It is foreigner-friendly with their handy English menu and apparently, vegetarian-friendly too. It doesn’t use katsuodashi (a fish-based broth used in many Japanese dishes) in its batter, which makes their vegetable Okonomiyaki a safe choice. Another interesting aspect to Tsuchiya is the shop interiors. The walls are filled with autographs of popular people who had come and eaten there over the years.

Address: 5-5-6 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13029366/ (Japanese only)

3. Okonomiyaki Honjin (本陣)

Okonomiyaki at Honjin.

Okonomiyaki at Honjin. From Instagram

Honjin has three interesting things going on in its restaurant. First is the view from its 7th and 8th floor location, and the second would be their Okonomiyaki hot plates with Takoyaki stations installed in each table. Takoyaki is another unique Japanese dish using a similar batter as Okonomiyaki, but is shaped like a ball. Hence, the need for a separate grilling station for it.

The third and probably the most interesting offering of Honjin is their time-based all-you-can-eat (or eat and drink) option. A 90-minute course would cost you about ¥1,480.

Address: 7-8F Komatsu Building 1 Chome-17-2 Kabukicho Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://www.kabukicho-honjin.com/ (Japanese only)

4. Botejyu (ぼてぢゅう)

Popular Okonomiyaki franchise Botejyu.

Popular Okonomiyaki franchise Botejyu. From Instagram

Founded in 1946 in Osaka, Botejyu is a large franchise of Okonomiyaki restaurants with branches all over Japan and overseas. There are about 18 types of Okonomiyaki on its menu, and even though the franchise originated in Osaka, Hiroshima-style variations are also on offer. Aside from Okonomiyaki, their restaurants also serve Yakisoba noodles, Omusoba (egg omelette with noodles), Teppanyaki, and other side dishes.

A fun fact: Botejyu is also credited to have introduced the use of mayonnaise, which is now a common condiment used to enhance the taste of Okonomiyaki.

Address: B1F Shinjuku Subnade Chikagai 1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.botejyu.com/botejyu/index.html

5. Kyochabana (京ちゃばな 新宿店)

Tomato Okonomi at Kyochabana.

Tomato Okonomi at Kyochabana. From Instagram

Kyochabana serves original-recipe Kyoto-style Okonomiyaki called Tomato Okonomi. If you want your Japanese pizza topped with fresh tomatoes and mozarella, then you should definitely try Kyochabana’s version. They also serve other Okonomiyaki dishes made with Kyoto vegetables for health-conscious consumers, plus other interesting gourmet dishes such as avocado Yakisoba.

Address: Yamaguchi Building B1F, 3-6-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://chabana.com (Japanese only)

6. Kobe Rokkomichi Gyunta (神戸六甲道・ぎゅんた)

Unique Okonomiyaki dishes at Kobe Rokkomichi Gyunta.

Unique Okonomiyaki dishes at Kobe Rokkomichi Gyunta. From Instagram

Neither Kansai nor Hiroshima style, Kobe Rokkomichi Gyunta’s version has its own special spin to Okonomiyaki. This shop introduces its original ingredients and cooking styles to the dish. Most notable is its use of a handmade signature sauce called Yannyeom Jang made from Korean miso.

Address: 6F Shinjuku Lumine 1-1-5 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13141528/ (Japanese only)

7. Kotegaeshi (こてがえし)

Kotegaeshi Okonomiyaki.

Kotegaeshi Okonomiyaki. From Instagram

A less popular variant of Okonomiyaki is Kanto region’s Monjayaki. It uses the same base batter but uses more dashi broth making its consistency runnier than usual. Since Tokyo is a part of the region, you’ll find Monjayaki served alongside Okonomiyaki in many restaurants.

Kotegaeshi is one such restaurant. Conveniently located within minutes walk from Shinjuku station, this shop is open until 7 AM. It’s the perfect hangout spot for a fully loaded after hours snack.

Address: 3F Ducky Plaza Building 3-21-9 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13126809/ (Japanese only)

8. Fugetsu (風月)

Osaka-based Okonomiyaki franchise Fugetsu.

Osaka-based Okonomiyaki franchise Fugetsu. From Instagram

This Osaka-based franchise has 75 outlets across the country, the majority of which are located in the Kansai region. They’ve been in the business for more than 60 years and their Okonomiyaki is known for being crispy on the outside and fluffy inside for a melts-in-your-mouth experience. This is achieved by using more than the usual amount of cabbage in the batter that is slowly grilled over low heat. In other words, really delicious.

Address: B1 Maya Building 3-14-23 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.ideaosaka.co.jp/web/english/

9. Monjaya (もんじゃや)

Unlimited Monjayaki at Monjaya.

Unlimited Monjayaki at Monjaya. From Instagram

Monjaya gives its customers a spacious and comfortable dining environment to enjoy an all-you-can-eat course of not just Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki, but also other dishes such as Yakisoba and Udon noodles. Be careful though not to go overboard with your orders. There’s fine for leftover food, so pace yourself well.

Address: Shinjuku Isshiki Building 6F, 3-18-1 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13086074/ (Japanese only)

10. Pastakan (ぱすたかん)

Okonomiyaki at Pastakan.

Okonomiyaki at Pastakan. From Instagram

Pastakan is conveniently located inside the Shinjuku Station and has a rather spacious dining area that can accommodate big groups. They serve Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki that you grill on your table and several a la carte dishes.

Address: 8F Shinjuku Mirodo, 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://www.towafood-net.co.jp/pasutakan/tabid/82/Default.aspx (Japanese only)

Information in this article is as of August 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.

Thumbnail image is from Flickr