I don't care for pancakes, but I'll eat the Japanese version even for dinner. Called okonomiyaki and filled with your choice of meat and vegetables, it's the number-one choice in this lively basement restaurant with a young staff decked out like hip ninjas with their black outfits and black kerchiefs on their heads. The English-language menu presents various possibilities, from the standard with ground beef, pork, and squid to the "Italian" with bacon, cheese, and corn, flavored with your choice of sweet or spicy sauce and served on a teppan (steel plate) built into your table. Yakisoba (fried noodles) are also available, along with choices of side dishes. Because it's open mostly for dinner, it's a popular drinking place as well, with beer, sake, shochu, and other drinks livening up things as the evening wears on.
Karasuma Dori Shichijo-sagaru, Nishigawa, Shimogyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood Nishigawa, Shimogyo-ku Hours Mon–Sat 5pm–2:30am, Sun 11am–2:30am (last order) Transportation Station: Kyoto (5 min.) Phone 075/361-5777 Prices Dishes ¥630–¥1,050 Cuisine Type Okonomiyaki/Yakisoba Web site Donguri (どんぐり)
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