Located along Grote Street, Samurai Okonomiyaki is a small, take-away shop with limited seatings. Befitting its name, they serve a good range of Okonomiyaki cooked in the less common Hiroshima style in which the ingredients are layered as opposed to the Osaka style in which the cabbage is mixed into the batter. As with the Osaka style Okonomiyaki, the Okonomiyaki comes topped with Japanese mayonnaise, Okonomiyaki sauce and bonito flakes and is cut into quarters for easier eating.
Considered to be their most popular variation, the Bacon Onion Okonomiyaki had a smoky taste coming from the bacon which was cooked to the correct doneness. The onions included as part of the ingredients complemented the bacon well and provided a bit of crunch.
Bacon Onion Okonomiyaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we would have liked a little more sweet sauce to make their Sweet Chicken Okonomiyaki a bit more delicious, the chicken meat was cooked just right. The sweet sauce that was included also helped to give the dish a subtle sweet flavour.
Sweet Chicken Okonomiyaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We chose to order their Mixed Seafood and Beef n Beef Okonomiyaki as a half and half Okonomiyaki, a great way to taste two types of Okonomiyaki if you do not have the appetite to eat two whole pancakes. My mother enjoyed the taste of the Beef n Beef Okonomiyaki the most with the flavour of the beef partnering wonderfully with the cabbage used in the Okonomiyaki. The seafood in their Mixed Seafood Okonomiyaki gave it a slightly chewy texture.
Mixed Seafood/Beef n Beef Okonomiyaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from Okonomiyaki, Samurai Okonomiyaki also serves Yakisoba and Takoyaki. The soba noodles used in their Yakisoba was cooked to perfection with a delectable char-grilled flavour from being cooked on the hotplate. The various vegetables helped to give the dish a bit of texture with the sauce they were tossed with completing the dish.
Yakisoba (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The foods are served in a manner for takeaway – on disposable paper containers with disposable wooden forks and chopsticks. There is only seating for about eight people at the cafe. Off-street parking is conveniently located in the U-Park across the street from where the café is located.
I have been saying for the last 13 years.I wish someone would open up an Okonomiyaki shop in Adelaide.So now we have one ... at last..so must give it a try.Whilst in Japan on 2 occasions ,this became my favourite cheap comfort food..especially with Bonito flakes fluttering on the top.