It's hard to believe that my Japan trip is almost up… time really flew by. In that time, I've eaten everywhere from Michelin restaurants to convenience stores. But some of the most memorable meals have been places that I went with locals.
The night before I went to Takosubo, I went with my friends Tim, Gar, and Victoria to meet two of Gar's friends, Takashi and Koshon, at a local sushi restaurant. We had an epic, sake-drenched meal (a story for another day) and we ended up asking if they wanted to hang out again the following day. Takashi couldn’t make it but Koshon was free and that is how we ended up at Takosubo, a hole-in-the-wall place specializing in okonomiyaki and akashiyaki.
The whole place felt like a time capsule… the restaurant felt well-lived in. There was dark wood everywhere that provided some contrast to the off-white walls. Above, a sterile fluorescent light cast its sickly light on everything. Random plastic boxes filled with bottles were stacked under the far end of the bar. And in the corner of the room, an aged tv was showing a Japanese game show, the game’s host droning on and on about something. It was as local a place as you can get.
But the food that came out was fantastic. We had okonomiyaki, Japanese savory pancakes, made in several different ways, and paired them with beer and akashiyaki (which will be the focus of another post). The lady I assumed to be the owner was really kind. Even though we spoke little Japanese (though having Koshon helped translate), she was so friendly and kind and really made us feel at home.