In the end…

we went back to the beginning.

We’ve officially moved to NorCal! It’s weird being here and since we are in an extended stay hotel, I still feel like we are on vacation. We ate out almost every night for three or four weeks before we left LA but I had no time to update. One of our final nights in SoCal, we went back to the restaurant where we had our first date. Gaja Okonomiyaki. Boyfriend had never tried okonomiyaki before so he decided to be brave and try it out on our first dinner date together.

Okonomi means what you like and yaki means grill or cook. So basically, okonomiyaki means grill what you like. You can put almost anything in this “Japanese pizza” but it usually consists of flour, eggs, shredded cabbage and meat/seafood.

We ordered “modan” which consists of pork and noodles.

First you cook the meat and noodles separately.

Then you throw the cooked meat and noodles back into the bowl and mix everything up. (This picture does not make it look very appetizing.)

Then you place the ingredients onto the grill in the shape of a pizza. We made two “pizzas” from our one bowl.

Once it’s cooked on both sides, you usually top your okonomiyaki with sauce, mayo, seaweed and bonito (fish) flakes. Yum!

2383 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA

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2 Comments on “In the end…”

  1. Bob Says:

    DROOOL! Anyway, I found your link and it’s bookmarked so I can check it out more often. PEACE!

  2. Boyfriend Says:

    Ahh… fond memories of our first date. Aside from the delicious okonomiyaki, we also had some three mushroom yakiudon which was also delicious. They have Hiroshima style okonomiyaki as well and monjayaki too. Japanese style pasta, yakisoba, fried rice and salads round out the menu. For dessert they have parfaits and they also have a decent selection of alcohol so if you are interested, you could keep going back and try different things each time.


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