- $30 worth of open-kitchen, Japanese-style tapas at One Bite Japanese Grill
- View menu
- Features okonomiyaki
- One-of-a-kind eating experience
- Hip atmosphere
- Helpful staff
- Dine-in only.
- Closed Mondays.
Charles Ferruzza of The Pitch writes, “One Bite Japanese Grill is so satisfying, we could barely stop eating.” The Kansas City Lunch Spots blog has also written about One Bite, saying: > * The real standout here were the dumplings–delicate, piping hot and delicious. – The DLC
Yelpers give One Bite Japanese Grill 4.5 stars, eight TripAdvisors give it 3.5 owl eyes, and 81% of over 100 Urbanspooners like it: > * 5 stars, all the way. This place is about as close to my ideal restaurant as you can get. Fantastic food, cool atmosphere, fair prices. – Chris D., Yelp > * Great place, good food and great service! Love the seaweed salad! A must try… – Steve Aulgur, Urbanspoon
To the Japanese, the words “sama zama” mean “variety.” But to a food critic from the Pitch, the unfamiliar phrase has become synonymous with “serious snacks.” That’s how she described the fare at Sama Zama, an eatery run by One Bite Japanese Grill's owner, Erika Koike. Perhaps the most intriguing of Erika's family recipes and culinary experiments is the okonomi yaki, a savory pancake often dubbed Japanese-style pizza. It consists of grilled dough crowned with the meat or veggies of your choice, a fried egg, sweet sauces, and crunchy noodles.
Exposed brick juts out from an orange accent wall in Sama Zama's Tokyo-inspired interior, which is splashed with circles and triangles that appear to move of their own volition under the light cast by bare bulbs and the baby suns tethered to the ceiling.