Opened at Jalan Jurong Kechil beside Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar for a month is Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant specialising in okonomiyaki.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that is usually found at pasar malam stalls in Singapore, although there seemed to be a few Japanese restaurants such as Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant that Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant at Dunlop Street that also serves them as a signature dish in their restaurant. Both restaurants do have hot plates installed in their tables that allow staff to prepare the Okonomiyaki right at the table in front of you, though Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant also offers patrons to have fun by encouraging them to grill the Okonomiyaki by themselves as well if requested. Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant also offers tables of four that do not have hot plates equipped if patrons do not wish to sit by the hot plates, and these seats are also available by reservation. Apart from Okonomiyaki, there also plenty of sides, rice and noodles and teppanyaki options to go for as well.
Being one who is unable to resist Japanese Garlic Fried Rice, we found ourselves ordering a portion to share amongst four (which we clearly knew was not going to be enough). The Japanese Garlic Fried Rice definitely hits the mark and satisfied the cravings; garlicky, smoky and flavourful as what we would have expected.
We also ordered a portion of the Asari Clams which was steamed with sake. These were pretty fresh as they were not rubbery at all and definitely came with a good whiff of sake at the end which was indeed pretty appetising.
(Meat Okonomiyaki – Bacon, Cheese, and Ham)
Ordering two portions of Okonomiyaki, we have ordered a Meat Okonomiyaki and a Seafood Okonomiyaki (not pictured; forgot to take a photo of this one!) to share. For each category of okonomiyaki, the patrons are allowed to choose from a selection of condiments to go into the Okonomiyaki; we picked Bacon, Cheese, and Ham for the Meat Okonomiyaki and Prawn, Scallops and Tobiko Roe for the Seafood Okonomiyaki. The Okonomiyaki were fresh as you could crunch on the vegetables within and was surprisingly not oily with ample amount of sauce drizzled for flavour with a rather dense batter. Both were good, but we preferred the Seafood Okonomiyaki more for it came with more complex flavours and texture such as ginger and the fresh and naturally sweet prawns overall. As mentioned earlier above, there is a choice for patrons if they prefer their Okonomiyaki to be prepared by the staff or by themselves, and patrons could also choose to add more sauce which is provided in a small basket at every seat if they desire so.
It is always a joy to be dining at okonomiyaki restaurants that prepare the okonomiyaki at the table; definitely an experience to be able to watch the skills of the chef behind the counter and also marvel at how a dish is being prepared or cooked. Our visit at Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant was indeed fun as we watched them prepare the okonomiyaki right in front of our eyes especially with their friendly staff whom are pretty aware of the patrons needs; a very sincere and heartfelt service that makes one feel comfortable dining there. A fun spot that is definitely suitable for gatherings or dates (though seating capacity is pretty limited here), or even just for sheer curiousity over the experience; this is one spot I would probably keep in mind and revisit again another day for a fun spot to dine at.
Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant
104 Jalan Jurong Kechil