Sunday, July 09, 2006

Gaja - Lomita

How many okonomiyaki do you think Kobayashi could scarf down in 12 minutes? Sure he ate 53 3/4 dogs at Coney Island, but I'd say by the 5th okonomiyaki he'd forcibly throw down his gloves. Even my friend, who is known as the human garbage can, looked pale after we finished our second "pancake" tonight. (Can anyone think of a better way to describe okonomiyaki? "Pancake" seems misleading.)

As much as I like the okonomiyaki at Gaja I think I'll stick with a "one per visit" policy. It always saddens me when cold, untouched pieces are pushed to the side and forgotten.

My usual lineup at Gaja is this:

1) Gaja salad; Though don't order it if you don't like tuna or dressing-drenched lettuce.
2) Modan Okonomiyaki; Anything on their top ten list is good. The more ingredients the more fun. It's like a party in your mouth!
3) Japanese soupy spaghetti; I had the cabbage and ground beef one tonight. It's light and refreshing. A good way to balance out the okonomiyaki. (See below)
4) Parfait with Pocky sticks; Okay, actually I've never gotten this but I hope to someday. I just need to bring my Lactaid pills.



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4 comments:

Jeni said...

Pirikara...we just had some oishii Gaja Okonomiyaki today at the Bridge USA festival! It brought me back to my Osaka grub days. Natsukashii~!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

I enjoyed this when I was in the Namba district of Osaka. It was so fun standing there and watching the cooks. Checkout my posting on it.

http://eatdrinknbmerry.blogspot.com/2006/05/japan-food-hunt-3-mayonnaise-for.html

I tried the gaja okonomiyaki at the Bridge USA festival in Torrance with Jeni. It wasn't bad. I was so busy photographing the people/food over at the Shin Sen Gumi booth haha.

cari - Inland Empirical said...

is this the one we went to before weezer?

H. C. said...

I liken okonomiyaki to a japanese omelet -- w/o the eggs.

I have yet the courage to make my own okonomiyaki @ Gaja. Then again, I prefer the layered Hiroshima style - which is presumably a bit more challenging as a DIY.