Try okonomiyaki (savory grilled pancake) at Tsurujiro or its sister store Tsurujiro Hanare, both located in the old-school Asakusa district! Choose between two okonomiyaki courses: one with teppanyaki iron-plate dishes, or another with monjayaki (a Tokyo-style savory pancake).
A savory grilled pancake that consists of various fillings and batter mixed together, then drizzled with sauce and toppings, okonomiyaki (literally, "grilled as you like") is a hearty Japanese comfort food. While the most popular variations of this dish are from Osaka and Hiroshima, okonomiyaki is a local specialty in some Tokyo districts, too, mainly because Tokyo also has its own distinctive savory pancake: monjayaki, which is similar to okonomiyaki but is prepared and grilled differently, resulting in a runnier texture. As a result, okonomiyaki and monjayaki can usually be found together at restaurants that specialize in them. The old-school neighborhood of Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most popular sightseeing districts, is one such area with many okonomiyaki-and-monjayaki restaurants. Among them, Tsurujiro stands out as a great place to try these dishes, as it's well-rated and has received many favorable reviews from locals and tourists alike. In 2019, it ranked first in the Gourmet category of the 2019 Live Japan Awards. (Live Japan is a multilingual website focusing on Japan travel and lifestyle, and one of its partners is Gurunavi, one of Japan's leading restaurant guides and reservation services.) Let us help you book an okonomiyaki course, either at Tsurujiro's main branch or its sister shop Hanare! Both branches are just a short walk away from Asakusa Station, and feature traditional Japanese interiors with sleek modern touches. Choose between an okonomiyaki-and-teppanyaki course or an okonomiyaki-and-monjayaki course. Okonomiyaki may be the star of these courses, but everything else is delicious, too! The first course features meat and vegetables grilled to perfection on a teppanyaki iron plate right in front of you, while the second gives you the opportunity to enjoy monjayaki and compare the difference. What's more, at the end of either course, you'll get a souvenir (included in the price) such as rice crackers from a local shop, postcards featuring Asakusa's scenery, or an origami-crane keychain. Below are sample menus for these courses: Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Course at Asakusa Tsurujiro Duration: 2 hours • Homemade tofu with soy-sauce mousse • Japanese radish salad with raw yuba and rice crackers from Asakusa Tochigiya • Scallops with Hokkaido sea urchin sauce • Specialty beef steak and sauteed organic vegetables • Half-sized okonomiyaki (please select your preferred variant from the menu) • Bean-paste roll with vanilla ice cream • 90 minutes' worth of free-flowing drinks, including a selection of alcoholic beverages Okonomiyaki & Monjayaki Course at Asakusa Tsurujiro Duration: 1 hour • Homemade tofu with soy-sauce mousse • Japanese raw yuba and mizuna salad, with ingredients from from Asakusa Tochigiya • Thickly cut bacon steak • Mochi-cheese or pork monjayaki • Half-sized okonomiyaki (please select your preferred variant from the menu) • Vanilla ice cream • 1 soft drink of your choice Book now to enjoy one of Asakusa's must-try dishes!