You have to say this about the group behind the restaurants Sumo Sam, Smairu, John and Yoko, and Mr. Kurosawa over at Resorts World Manila: they sure know how to push the envelope when it comes to reinventing Japanese cuisine. From grilled (actually blow-torched) uramaki to whimsical and tasty hamburgers and hot dogs with anime-inspired names and ingredients that are a fusion of East and West, one would think they’ve done just about everything.
And then they come up with something that throws everything for a loop like the okonomiyaki waffle.
This particular variation of this cross between an overstuffed pancake and an omelet is something like a deconstructed version. Okonomiyaki batter is dolloped onto a hot waffle griddle with one’s fillings of choice (shown above is the Hawai’ian-Japanese Waikiki which involves cubed Spam and mushrooms), cooked till crunchy on the outside and moreishly chewy within, served on top of shredded lettuce, and topped with fluttery katsuoboshi shavings and a splodge of Otafuku-brand okonomiyaki sauce.
I admit that it’s a fairly tasty and unique way to serve the dish but I find the helpings rather unsatisfactory. Until such time that the crew over at Sumo Sam and Mr. Kurosawa change this, Fukuya still gets my vote for the best, heftiest, scrummiest okonomiyaki this side of Hiroshima.