Sometaro Restaurant is a cook your own Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba place at Asakusa. We had a hard time locating this restaurant because its English name was not displayed and it looks like a residential place. A very kind Japanese lady helped us find it by getting on her phone to ask her friend for directions to the Okonomiyaki place. It's located on the side street that runs between the Drum Museum and Police Station, next to British Pub & Brewery.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake. There are many variations but the common ingredients of the batter are flour, water and cabbage. We cook them at home topped with thin slices of pork, which taste like bacon when cooked (without the salt). After the pancakes are fried, we topped them with Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes. It's always fun watching the bonito flakes curl. We were interested to see how 'authentic' our home-made Okonomiyaki are and were pleased to note that they are pretty close.
The lunch only cost us 2850 yen for four persons. We had a normal Okonomiyaki, an Okonomiyaki with soba noodles and eggs, Yakisoba and Red Bean Pancake.
The normal Okonomiyaki was perfectly cooked and had a lovely texture from the cabbage and the various other ingredients. It was complemented nicely with the Okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise provided to pour over the Okonomiyaki.
Red Bean Pancake consists of a thin pancake rolled around a red bean filling while it was cooking. The lady had an interesting way of spreading the red bean filling on the pancake. The thickness of the pancake was just right and the red bean filling was soft without been too sweet.