Due to space being very limited in Tokyo it may seem surprising to those of you haven’t ever been to Japan that people have a tendency to go out to eat. Nothing too different there but the fact that they actually cook for themselves in the restaurants is something I still struggle to adjust to. I am of the opinion that if I go to a restaurant then I dont want to have to cook. The reason I go to them is so that I dont have to cook and this scenario played a small part in the ‘Lost In Translation‘ (2003) movie a few years back.
I have only ever had one gas ring in my homes in Tokyo so I have eaten out every time for two years now. I’m certainly not a good cook but do occasionally miss the chance to cook up some pasta or whatever.
I can count on one hand the number of times I have been to self cooking restaurants but one of those times was tonight when Ai and I went to an okonomiyaki restaurant near where I live. This is basically savoury pancake and the name means ‘cook what you like’.
The waitress handed us the bowls of ingredients and then we mixed the batter and filling before pouring it on to the teppan (iron hot plate) and after a few flips it was ready to eat within about 6 minutes. Our dishes were a mixture of meat, seafood as well as yaki-soba (fried noodles) and yasai-itame (stir fried vegetables) and were very nice too.
However, given the choice again of cooking in a restaurant myself (and thus not talking much due to concentration being needed!) or being waited on I know which option I will take but it is occasionally nice to have a go myself.