And also I never believed that my Sailor Moon collection post would be as popular as it was. I am still receiving comments on it, and I am so happy that it was nostalgic for so many people. I'm very glad we can share that interest! Is there any other vintage things you would like to see photos of?
Interior of Pasta-kan, saw some cute girls here since in was in the heart of Shibuya^^
Today I am pleased to present a write up of the restaurant Pasta-kan, the last (full-length) post about Japan Trip 4! I may do some snapshot posts later, but this is the last one I will do that is in-depth. But never fear I head off to Tokyo in 2 days to bring you back new topics and photos hehe^^
Can anyone tell me why a okonomiyaki and monjayaki restaurant is named Pasta-kan? It seems they have some soba dishes, but their menu is dominated by grill-top items that the name does not allude to haha! At Pasta-kan you can make your own okonomiyaki and monjayaki right at your own table, so it's really fun!
Directions, condiments and info
I went to this restaurant with my friend during my last night in Tokyo, and it was a very nice last meal I think. Especially because this is not something I could easily find near me, can you image having a hot flat-grill in the middle of your table in America? Any restaurant doing that here would be sued right out of business haha!
Anyhow, I left the decision making up to my friend, since like I said before I am not opinionated enough to pick food haha! We ended up with a mentaiko okonomiyaki and a mixed monjayaki. I had okonomiyaki a couple times before, but never monjayaki.
My friend was kind enough to cook the food for us, since I didn't really know how and I didn't want to mess it up particularly. However there are pretty easy to follow cooking directions at each table, so it shouldn't be too hard to do it yourself even if it's your first time cooking it.
Mentaiko okonomiyaki batter
Adding the mixed up batter to the grill
Finished okonomyaki, are you hungry?
The okonomiyaki came out quite good, as you can see in the photo we dressed it ourselves and there is not much mayo compared to normal amounts on okonomiyaki. Actually I don't like mayo haha!
But it was the monjayaki that was very interesting for me, because I had never seen one before. the cooking steps are quite different from cooking okonomiyaki. So the final product is very different in appearence and texture. Even when it is totally cooked it doesn't look quite right/finished haha!
Mixed monjayaki batter, with shrimp, squid and pork
First you chop up the dry ingredients, form a circle and then you put the wet batter in the middle of the circle
Finished monjayaki, yes finished! Are you still hungry? haha!
In the end I prefered the okonomiyaki, to me the flavor was better. It might just be because the ingredients were different between the two, or because the monjayaki was more gooey. But either way it was a very fun experience. It's much more exciting to cook your own food at a restaurant. You can be entertained instead of waiting, and you don't have to do the dishes after! haha^^