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Five Things to Know About Izumiya
A luminous glass case outside Izumiya’s entrance tempts would-be patrons with displays of menu selections even before they enter the restaurant. Read on to learn why it’s worth stepping into this cozy eatery:
- It specializes in okonomiyaki. . . This Japanese delicacy is a savory pancake that may incorporate anything from cabbage to egg to fried noodles. This freestyle approach to ingredients is reflected in the name: “Okonomi” means “what you want,” and “yaki” means “grilled” or “cooked.”
- . . .and they serve it in both Hiroshima- and Osaka-style. The Osaka-style dish mixes all ingredients together into a batter before grilling, whereas the Hiroshima variation starts with a crepe-like pancake and piles other ingredients on top.
- The menu features hand-drawn illustrations of each dish.
- Lovers of spicy food are welcomed with open arms. The menu is chock full of spicy dishes such as the scallop and tuna maki rolls.
- Keep your eyes peeled because it can be easy to miss. It’s located inside the Kinokuniya Building in the Japan Center.