Updated: September 12, 2019
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Hiroshimayaki (Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki) Guide: Info + Restaurants!

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Did you know that Okonomiyaki is the soul food of Hiroshima? You might be wondering how it is different from Osaka's Okonomiyaki, so we will briefly what makes it special, plus introduce some of the best okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima!

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What's the difference between Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima and Osaka?

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Front Left: Osaka Style Okonomiyaki; Right: Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki
Even when outside of Hiroshima, you'll sometimes see restaurants serving "Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki." Just what is the difference between Osaka-style and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki? One of the biggest differences is in the way that the okonomiyaki is cooked.
If you have ever been to an okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka, you might have experienced cooking Okonomiyaki on a hot plate and mixing all the ingredients before cooking. For 'Hiroshimayaki' (Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki), the ingredients aren't mixed! Instead, the ingredients are layered one at a time to form a mound of ingredients on the griddle.
The batter is also quite different and a thin layer of batter that looks like a crepe usually added on top of cabbage and noodles!

In terms of sauce, Osaka's Okonomiyaki is typically a bit spicy, whereas the sauce used in Hiroshima's Okonomiyaki is usually sweeter.

5 of the best okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima

Just reading about the difference probably isn't that useful, so it's best if you go out and try the difference for yourself! Following is a list of some of the best restaurants for eating delicious Hiroshimayaki in Hiroshima:

Micchan Sou-honten

https://r.gnavi.co.jp/mbbcwxms0000/kodawari/
Beloved by locals, this is probably the most widely recognized Okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima. Their simple yet savory taste, created by the combination of sweet cabbage, crispy Chinese noodles, and their original sauce called "Micchan sauce" is beyond amazing. You will never forget their delicious Okonomiyaki and will definitely want to come back.
The restaurant is located about 5 minutes from Hacchobori station.
https://r.gnavi.co.jp/mbbcwxms0000/kodawari/

Denko Sekka

Just a 2-minute walk from Hiroshima station, Denko Sekka offers a thoroughly satisfying Okonomiyaki experience! The Okonomiyaki here is so tasty and tender. They wrap the okonomiyaki with the fluffiest egg omelet and use shiso leaves to add an accent to its mild taste.
In addition to awesome okonomiyaki, they have a full teppanyaki menu that includes their signature 'Momiji Pork,' a must-try dish which features oysters and local Hiroshima pork!

Denko Sekka was featured in the Hiroshima edition of the Michelin Guide, which explains how delicious and worth-trying their Okonomiyaki is. If you are looking for a place to have Okonomiyaki near Hiroshima station, you should definitely stop by!

Daichan

https://daityan-hikarimachi.owst.jp/gallery
Daichan is located just 5 minutes away from Hiroshima Station. The restaurant has a nice clean and modern interior that creates a welcoming atmosphere. Here, you get to choose how you want to eat your okonomiyaki; on a hot plate or normal plate. Their Okonomiyaki uses lots of bean sprouts, which adds a lovely crunchy texture that is satisfying to eat. Daichan's other teppan items are also really tasty and they have a big menu, so be sure to try a lot of different things!
https://daityan-hikarimachi.owst.jp/gallery

Hassho

https://r.gnavi.co.jp/r65wf70e0000/kodawari/
Hassho was also featured in the Michelin Guide in 2018 for its outstanding flavor. Eating Okonomiyaki here is a really fun experience as you get to watch the chefs make the Okonomiyaki right in front of you. The shop's 'Okonomiyaki-soba Nikutama' is a must-try dish that'll blow your tastebuds away!
Hassho is known for their use of a double-yolked egg, which is believed to bring luck. You might encounter a long queue of people waiting to eat there, but believe me, their Okonomiyaki is definitely worth the wait!
The restaurant is around a 10-minute walk from Kanayamacho Station.
https://r.gnavi.co.jp/r65wf70e0000/kodawari/

Reichan (麗ちゃん)

https://www.o-reichan.jp/menu.htm
Reichan is another extremely popular okonomiyaki restaurant with a long history. Cooked and served by certified okonomiyaki chefs, they have been offering exquisite Okonomiyaki using fresh cabbage and a unique cooking style ever since they opened their first store in 1957. They value the freshness of vegetables, chewiness of noodles, stable temperature of the griddle, and stickiness of the butter.
The classic okonomiyaki items are fantastic, and they also have a unique menu of items including kimchi Okonomiyaki, mozzarella cheese Okonomiyaki, oyster (winter only) and more!
The shop is just a 3-minute walk from Hiroshima station!
https://www.o-reichan.jp/shop.htm

Lastly...

Hopefully, you will have a chance to experience all the deliciousness that Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki has to offer. These are 5 of the best and most famous shops in Hiroshima, and you won't go wrong with any on this list.

Also, check out our article introducing the best okonomiyaki in Osaka:

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