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Botejyu : Shinjuku ぼてぢゅう Okonomiyaki, Monja / Shinjuku

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  • Botejyu : Shinjuku
  • (2007-10-07)
  • This Okonomiyaki restaurant is located in Subnade department store at Shinjuku station. I have been walking past the restaurant a few times before I really went for dinner, and there was always people lining up outside the restaurant. My curiosity finaly made me went for a dinner, and of course, it was fabulous!
    Just like everytime I walked by, we had to wait to be seated. Then the waitress handed us the menu so we can order first to shorten the waiting time, and I found that to be really efficient. We were seated around a huge iron table, and the chef just cooked the food infront of us. This is very special because in most of the okonomiyaki restaurants, customers cook their own food on the pan. Our okonomiyaki was ready in no more than five minutes after we have been seated. However, since this restaurants is called "Osaka Botejyu", the okonomiyaki was cooked differently than the Hiroshima way which is another areas where okonomi-yaki is very popular; the sauce is different either and it tastes so special. We even ordered the Yaki-soba and it tasted good too. The ingredients in the okonomi-yaki is aplenty that you couldn't finish one by yourself, besides the price is just average so I think this is a very suitable place to have a traditional Japanese food.
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  • Botejyu : Shinjuku
  • (2007-07-11)
  • This okonomiyaki restaurant is recommended. I went with a friend; it took the two of us a long time to find this place. First of all, we met up at Shinjuku station, which is really hard to find people because it is so huge and crowded. Secondly, it is located under the station; normally it would just take about 15 minutes walk from the station to the restaurant. But it took us about 40 minutes to find it, because it’s really easy to go to the wrong direction underground. Third of all, the place is located in the Subway Subnad, which is a district- divided into 3 sections- with shops and restaurants. It is important that you know where you are going. When we got there, there are a few people waiting outside, so we waited. One waiter kindly brought out the menu for us. The menu does not have English translation, everything is in Japanese. But there are lots of photos and the house special are labeled, plus outside the restaurant there is a display window displaying miniatures of their dishes, therefore ordering without knowing Japanese is OK. Their waiters don’t really speak English, however they are really friendly, talk to them slowly with gestures would still work if you’re not a master in Japanese. The food choices are many. We decided to order two orders of okonomiyaki for each of us and one yakisoba for sharing, plus a sour (Japanese sour mixed drink) each. We waited for about 15 minutes and went in. The place is rather small, about 8 tables and a counter with about 5 seats. We were lucky that we sat at the counter, where you can see the chef make the food right in front of you- very interesting. What an eye treat. The smell of the food is really good too. Perhaps we were too hungry; we started eating very fast in when the food came, but slowed down after awhile because then we realized that the amount of one serving is huge. But they were delicious. You can also add katsuobushi (dried fish flakes) and aonori (nori powder) if you wish (I did, and I recommend it) and your own sauce if you don’t think it’s salty enough. In the end, we paid about 2250 yen each, very reasonable price for a highly enjoyable meal.
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