Yasube is a family run restaurant in Pontocho serving Okonomiyaki. There are many variations of Okonomiyaki on the menu and different ingredients that you can choose to add to your Okonomiyaki. The prices are very reasonable, one of the cheaper places to eat in Pontocho I would say. The son speaks good English and there is English menu.
We had the yaki-udon with pork and kimchi (¥ 950) and pork and seafood combo with egg okonomiyaki (¥ 950). It was served on the hot plate on the table. I liked that we were given the freedom to put the sauce and toppings on the okonomiyaki ourselves. I have had okonomiyaki before and sometimes the amount of sauce was too much for me. Of all the okonomiyaki I have had both in Kyoto and Osaka, this would be the best one. I think the minced pork made a big difference. Previous okonomiyaki I had added pork slices instead of minced pork. The minced pork made the okonomiyaki less dry and gave it a savory sweetness.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 12:00 PM to 19:30 PM, Thursday to Saturday 16:30 PM to 23:30 PM, Sunday 15:00 PM to 22:30 PM
Telephone number: +81 75-221-2613
Address: 142 Umenokichō (Pontochōdōri), Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8012, Japan
My first meal in Kyoto was dinner at this small homey Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant on Sanjo-jingu-michi. The owners were two lovely elderly couple. The menu was simple with a variety of Okonomiyaki, noodles, and stir fried dishes. There is no English menu available. Luckily, my sister could read and speak Japanese.
My sister and I were tired after a day of traveling, so we did not order too much. We ordered a stir-fry vegetable, fried kimchi udon noodle, and a seafood Okonomiyaki. The fried kimchi udon noodle was better than I expected. It was a mixture of sweet, salty and sour (from the kimchi). The pork slices in the fried udon were especially tender and savory, it had absorbed all the different flavors.
It was our first time having Okonomiyaki. It was intriguing watching the man make it. We were full of anticipation. When the Okonomiyaki was placed in front of us, we were as if two children who could not wait to dig into a bowl of cookies. 🙂
I could only taste the sweetness of the Okonomiyaki sauce on my first bite, but as I ate on, the other flavors (the vegetables, egg, shrimp, and squid) began to present itself. It was a savory pancake indeed and also very filling!
This is a good place to eat if you are in the area and looking for something less commercial.