I stumbled upon this newly opened place while I was exploring a newer section of Mall of Asia. I found this place randomly and their specialty, okonomiyaki piqued my curiosity. I love Japanese food and I have eaten in a lot of Japanese restaurants in the Philippines, but this is the first time I’ve come across one that specializes in this “Pancake”… So I just had to check it out.
I had not heard of this restaurant, Botejyu, this restaurant name was coined from the rhythmic cooking sound of okonomiyaki. The first part of the name, “BOTE” comes from the flipping sound of the okonomiyaki and the second part of the name, “JYU”, represents the sizzling sound as it cooks on the teppan grill. Botejyu opened its first restaurant in 1946 in Tamade, Osaka. Despite the harsh conditions after the war, the emerging black markets in Osaka carried supplies and provision from America that were unloaded at Osaka and Kobe ports.
Amongst these supplies was American flour was mixed with water to make pancake as an alternative staple food. Faced with food shortage, this simple, easy-to-cook and nutritious recipe quickly spread among the people in Osaka. The technique of mixing flour with water dates back before the war in traditional Japan, but the living circumstances after the war influenced the evolution of flour-based food as a staple dish in Osaka.
Eikichi Nishino, the founder of BOTEJYU, set his eyes on a particular item, the “mayonnaise” a condiment that until then was used only to flavor cold food. After repeated trials and error, he managed to sell mayonnaise as an okonomiyaki topping at his restaurant. Dressing okonomiyaki with mayonnaise is a common practice now, but it was BOTEJYU that first came up with the concept. Since the establishment more than 70 years ago, they taken pride in this restaurant name and have protected it by registering it as a trademark. Maybe that’s why the food is good!…
The menu is extensive from Mixed Seafood Okosoba, Pork Okosoba, Traditional Osaka Okosoba, Beef and Negi (spring onion) Okosoba, Premium Moonlight Yakisoba, Paitan Ramen with Chicken, All-Star Takoyaki to Teppan Pork Gyoza etc. etc.
The dining area is spacious, with very big space between tables.
Open kitchen! You can watch them prepare your food.
The most raved about item on the menu was the Legendary Okonomiyaki (Pork,mochi, and gouda cheese) for 350php. Almost all the reviews I read mentioned this particular dish.
So even if it was quite pricey, I made sure to order this dish.
If you prefer it as a set with rice, just additional 90php.
You can put the garnishing of your choice that is on the side of each table. Unlimited seaweed and bonito flakes.
We also had free goma (sesame) ice cream… nom nom nom!!!.
This uniquely flavored ice cream is addictive, ugh I want more!
The Green Tea was excellent.
They also have a selection of alcoholic beverages.
You do not need a reservation. The staff were all very friendly.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered.
Located at: G/F North Parking, SM Mall of Asia, JW Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila.