Walk through the city and you’ll see okonomiyaki restaurants at every turn. Their distinctive noren (fabric) curtained entrances and lunchtime queues make them easy to spot. Inside, you’ll find a central teppan griddle, where the chef, armed with metal spatulas, prepares each pancake to order.
There are two types of okonomiyaki in Japan – the Kansai version (popular in Osaka and Tokyo) and the Hiroshima rendition. The former’s ingredients are pre-mixed in batter, while the latter’s are prepared separately and then stacked in layers. These layers trace the city’s post-war recovery, making the dish a cultural food icon.
Where To Try
Icchan – This longstanding restaurant was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.
1-6-30 Hikarimachi, Higashi-ku
Micchan – This restaurant chain traces its origins back to the outdoor food stands of post-war Hiroshima. Its flagship store is located in Hatchobori.
6-7 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Okonomi-mura – For the ultimate fix of this local delicacy, head to this four-storey complex which features 24 different okonomiyaki venues.
This article was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Silkwinds magazine.